Minnesota Senate Lets Pregnant Women Go Thirsty to Save Historic Desks

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Water on these desks would cut through the glass and rot away the historically significant wood underneath.

Last week, the Minnesota Senate upheld a couple of classic rules suppressing basic human instincts and functions, which a bipartisan majority admitted was totally necessary to keep themselves civilized.

First, members aren't allowed to look at anybody but the Senate President, Sandy Pappas, whenever there's a debate going on. Like wild animals or prison inmates, senators consider eye contact to be a sign of aggression, sure to inflame partisan discord and incite rabid brawling up and down the aisles.

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Rep. Duane Quam's Cuts Could Close Parks and Libraries in Twin Cities

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Though Minneapolis sends more tax money to the state than it gets back, Duane Quam wants to make it worse

No sooner had Rep. Duane Quam (R-Byron) suggested bleeding $85 million in state aid to Minnesota's three largest cities, the incensed mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul cried foul.

A House GOP proposal would slash $40 million a year from Minneapolis, $34 million from St. Paul, and $20 million from Duluth. The remaining funds are less than half of what those cities were promised in local government aid in 2013 to keep police and fire departments afloat.

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Congressman John Kline Believes Minnesota's Wealthiest .2% Need a Tax Break

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Congressman John Kline Believes Minnesota's Wealthiest .2% Need a Tax Break

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You can't say Minnesota's Most Reprehensible Congressman John Kline (TM) isn't working on behalf of his constituents.

Or at least his real constituents, the wealthiest Minnesotans.

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Minneapolis Legislators Want to Take Away Tax Breaks on Super Bowl Tickets

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"Why should the rich people buying tickets not have to pay taxes?"

State Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis) is done giving the NFL tax breaks. In fact, he wants some of the concessions the state gave the multibillion-dollar "nonprofit" back.

"They made what, 10, 11 billion dollars last year?" he asked. "The NFL already got all kinds of perks and wonderful things for themselves when they agreed to [bring the Super Bowl] here. I'm not sure it's a good idea to be giving any more tax breaks."

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John Kline Keeps Busy Voting to Cut College Grants and Cheating Special Needs Kids

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In John Kline's world, underfunding special needs kids is okay as long as his House committee gets its budget increase.

Minnesota voters are getting their money's worth with Congressman John Kline. The powerful chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has been busy of late.

When he hasn't been tied up cheating Minnesota's special needs kids out of much-needed federal funding, the 67-year-old lawmaker has been voting to hack the number of Pell Grants many of his constituents rely on to pay for college.

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Pro-Gun Legislators Blast Lobbying Group Minnesota Gun Rights as "Iowa Schemers"

Categories: Guns, Politics

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Pro-gun legislators are calling out the group, led by former Iowa political operative Chris Dorr (pictured above), for being out-of-state fraudsters

Some of Minnesota's most pro-gun legislators are furious with Minnesota Gun Rights, a lobbying group known for sending fear-mongering letters and emails to its supporters to raise money.

A group of 11 Republican and five Democrat members of the state House recently penned a scathing open letter calling MGR "pretenders," "fraudsters" and claiming the group is based in Iowa and doesn't have any real interest in Minnesota politics.

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Minnesotans Will Have to Wait Another Year to Buy Booze on Sundays

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Probably going to have to wait at least another year...

Minnesota's irrational, widely-loathed ban on liquor stores being open on Sundays is probably going to hang around for at least one more year.

Coming into this year's legislative session hopes were high with both Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) on board for a full repeal, but that effort never got a hearing in either the House or Senate.

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Equal Rights Bill Faces Baffling Opposition in Minnesota House

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Jimmy Carter signs extension of ERA ratification in 1978.

Equal rights for women have become an unexpectedly difficult issue for Minnesota lawmakers to agree on.

The Equal Rights Amendment, which prohibits gender discrimination, passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and headed to the states for their approval. It ultimately fell three states short of ratification, and what should have been history continues to be a kicking controversy today.

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Whittier Neighbors Fight Drug Rehab Center over Historic Mansion

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The house in dispute.

Nu-Way House is a drug and alcohol treatment center in Whittier that puts folks in transitional housing while they get over their addictions.

It wants to expand into the historic Pillsbury-Snyder mansion at 2118 Blaisdell, which was built as a wedding gift for John and Nelle Pillsbury-Snyder after they returned home safe from sailing on the Titanic. The previous owners had been trying to sell it for three years before Nu-Way bit for $1.2 million.

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John Kline, Who's Fought to Keep Student Loan Rates High, Says He Cares About College Costs

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Is mounting student debt destroying the financial welfare of generations of young Americans?

Congressman's John Kline's legislative track record shows an unparalleled enthusiasm for saddling kids with student loan debt.

Kline, the influential chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, can do more than almost anyone on Capitol Hill to provide relief to indebted college students. Yet he's repeatedly shown a loyalty to the very companies who make bank off higher ed lending.

Kline now says he feels the pain of those willing to go in the hole for a shot at a better future.

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