Gov. Dayton's medical cannabis task force meets for the first time

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The last time we heard legislators arguing about medical cannabis, it was in May, with politicians, law enforcement officials, and activists taking swings at each other over how broad the legislation should be. The bill the state ultimately passed was underwhelming, and left several legislators fuming over just how narrow it was.

On Thursday, those same legislators, activists, and law enforcement officials gathered together again, for the first meeting of the state's 23-member medical marijuana task force. This time, the mood was far more cordial.

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DFL bill would nullify Hobby Lobby ruling in MN, force employers to offer contraception

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Rep. Erin Murphy
During a news conference yesterday, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul), introduced a bill that would essentially nullify the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling in Minnesota and force employers to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees.

Reached for comment later in the day, Murphy told us, "The goal is to make sure that women have access to affordable contraception in their employer-based coverage, similar to what the law was under the Affordable Care Act before the Hobby Lobby decision."

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The Green Party comes to Minnesota, looking for new political life

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I walk into the 11:00 a.m. press conference at the Green Party's National Annual Meeting - one of the political party's biggest events of the year - and I'm a little confused. I'm normally accustomed to big rooms for these kinds of events, with chairs lined with journalists, jostling to get the best look at the candidates. But what's in front of me is an entirely different picture.

As expected, Minnesota's six Green Party candidates line a wall at the front of the room, but in front of the podium, where I expect to see the media, I instead find about 15 chairs, most empty, with a few Green Party supporters strewn about. As for the press at this press conference? I'm one of only two members who've shown up.

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Gov. Mark Dayton donated $10,000 of his personal wealth to charity last year

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Gov. Mark Dayton's 2013 tax return was released last week and shows that he gave $10,000 to charities -- 10 times as much as last year.

His office did not respond to our request for comment, but judging by previous news coverage, the boost came in response to the governor's own criticism last November. When asked then about the mere $1,000 he had donated, he told reporters, "I'm disappointed in myself."

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Stewart Mills makes hay out of Rick Nolan's deleted tweet about the Constitution

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Mills (left) and Nolan
But Stewart, all human creations are imperfect, aren't they?
Republican U.S. House hopeful Stewart Mills put incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan on blast yesterday for a tweet posted but then promptly deleted from Nolan's account in which the U.S. Constitution is described as an "imperfect document."

"Rick Nolan needs to explain what exactly he meant when he called the Constitution an imperfect document on Friday," Mills said in a release. "As a Member of Congress, he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, but now he's showing his true colors. For hundreds of years, countless Americans have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life."

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Don Allen says decried doe-eyed anti-DFL ad is actually critique of MNGOP

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Kathy may be talking trash about Dayton, but she's really critiquing the MNGOP, Allen (right) says.
When we called Don Allen yesterday to chat with him about his ostensibly anti-Mark Dayton ad, he knew we weren't looking to write a post singing its praises.

"So -- how bad are you going to slam me?" he asked right away.

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Anti-Dayton ad uses doe-eyed DFLer, gets mocked and ridiculed [VIDEO]

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Wait, wasn't Obama the guy who talked about change?
:::: UPDATE :::: Allen says decried doe-eyed anti-DFL ad is actually critique of MNGOP

North Minneapolis activist Don Allen's Independent Business News Network released the first in a series of ads he plans to put together this campaign season using (alleged) DFL voters against DFL candidates.

"A Message to the Minnesota DFL" features a doe-eyed "Minnesota Democrat" named Kathy, who, as police sirens wail in the background, tells viewers, "I have watched our governor, Mark Dayton, promise 'change' but never deliver."

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Here's what to expect at the upcoming medical cannabis meetings, open to the public

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Dank Depot
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The state's new 23-person medical cannabis task force has a public meeting coming up.

It's scheduled July 31 and intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force members who will be tasked with evaluating the medical cannabis program. It'll be followed Aug. 8 by a meeting for folks interested in becoming certified manufacturers of cannabis.

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GOP House candidate Bob Frey believes dinosaurs lived with humans

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Frey: "Dinosaurs have always lived with man."
Last week, we told you about GOP House candidate Bob Frey's discredited view regarding the link between gay sex and AIDS. Turns out there's more wacky theories where that came from.

The Bluestem Prairie blog unearthed a January 2004 audio clip of Frey claiming that "dinosaurs have always lived with man" during a hearing before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee. To bolster his claim, Frey toted around a gigantic replica of what he claimed was a femur bone from a 16-foot-tall human.

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The DFL just came really close to putting legal pot on its list of priorities

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Coleen Danger
At the Minnesota DFL convention in Duluth last month, 1,076 delegates cast ballots related to the party's 2014-15 action agenda. Resolutions ranged from taxes to veterans to recreational cannabis.

The last one needed 619 votes to pass, but ended up with 603, according to tally takers.

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