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The Capitol Note: GOP Sen. Torrey Westrom to run for Congress

DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finally has a strong Republican challenger in the 1st Congressional District. Today, state Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, will make his candidacy official, following months of rumors about Westrom's interest in challenging the Democratic incumbent. Westrom is in his first term in the Senate, and won election to the upper chamber in 2012 following seven terms in the House.

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Republican legislators sue to suspend online voter registration

The GOP advocacy groups leading the effort, Minnesota Majority and the Minnesota Voters Alliance, filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County Court on Monday, alleging Ritchie used unilateral power to install a new online voter registration tool after session ended and without bringing it through the proper legislative channels. They are asking the court to suspend the the tool, which was launched at the end of September, until it can be voted on by lawmakers.

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Mounting data-privacy lawsuits threaten to swamp governments

Blame it on Anne Marie Rasmusson. In 2012, the former St. Paul cop filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking damages for more than 400 instances where law enforcement officials looked up her driver’s license records without justification. That case has resulted in more than $1 million worth of settlements with local governments, including nearly $800,000 from the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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