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Two new political funds raise money for 2010 elections

Minnesota businesses are starting to organize around their newfound freedom to spend money in this year’s election. In the wake of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, business groups have assembled two political funds to raise money from coroporate interests directly. The organizers are hoping companies of all sizes will pony up so that they can afford television ads in the current election cycle.

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Democrats detail campaign finance proposal

DFL legislators unveiled a proposal to overhaul the state's campaign finance rules this morning in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out limits on corporate political expenditures. The four-pronged proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.

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House DFL contemplates a world after Margaret

As the 86th Minnesota Legislature commences its last lap, most members think the session is likelier to end with a whimper than a bang. Barring the unexpected — the undoing of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s $2.7 billion in unallotments by the Minnesota Supreme Court, or a holdup in the federal passage of additional FMAP health care dollars — all that’s really left is the resolution of another $155 million in health and human services cuts. But there's a House DFL leadership contest lurking behind the gubernatorial race to which everyone is now turning their attention.

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Republicans urge state to file lawsuit over health care bill

Every GOP state legislator has signed a letter urging Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care bill. Republicans argue that the legislation violates the constitution by requiring individuals to have health insurance or face a financial penalty.

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State procurement system KAHN (not Kahn)?

At this moment, the House of Representatives is holding floor debate on HF 1671, the budget deficit reduction bill. Deep in the bill, in the section relating to state government (Article 13, Section 22) lies a provision to rename the accounting and procurement systems (MAPS, to be replaced in 2011 by SWIFT) to "Knowledge, Accountability, and Honest Numbers," or "KAHN."

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