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Industrial Hemp Gets OK From House Agriculture Committee

Although there are thousands of products made with hemp for sale in Minnesota, the plant cannot be legally grown in the state. HF683 seeks to change that, and the bill took its first step on that journey Wednesday when it was approved without opposition by the House Agriculture Policy Committee.
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'Race Baiting' Charge Heats Up Minnesota Secretary Of State Debate

'Race Baiting' Charge Heats Up Minnesota Secretary Of State Debate
The two candidates for Secretary of State for Minnesota traded barbs with Democrat Steve Simon calling Republican Dan Severson's plan to revamp the state's voting process as an exercise in "race baiting".
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Watch Highlights of Sen Al Franken Bashing Right-Wing Opponent in MN Debate

Watch Highlights of Sen Al Franken Bashing Right-Wing Opponent in MN Debate
Senator (and ex-comedian) Al Franken pretty much crushed his right-wing opponent Mike McFadden in a Minnesota senatorial debate. Watch the highlights of Franken bringing his understated wit and vast knowledge against a pea-brained tea party shill.
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With No Objections from Law Enforcement, MN's Sick May Soon Be Free to Toke

With No Objections from Law Enforcement, MN's Sick May Soon Be Free to Toke
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has promised to sign a bill legalizing medicinal marijuana. The bill fulfills his one main stipulation – that it not be opposed by law enforcement. The bill still needs – and is expected – to pass the Senate and House.
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MN Rep Says Being Beaten by His Bus Driver Prevented Him from Bullying. Ergo Anti-Bullying Bill Was Unnecessary

MN Rep Says Being Beaten by His Bus Driver Prevented Him from Bullying. Ergo Anti-Bullying Bill Was Unnecessary
Trying a new tack on countering the many arguments in support of Minnesota's anti-bullying bill, right wing loon Representative Glenn Gruenhagen suggested making corporal punishment in schools a thing again. His anecdotal evidence – his old bus driver beat him up for bullying a girl. Now, no longer a bully. See?
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MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost

MN Senate Approves Statewide Minimum Wage Boost
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would boost the minimum wage in the state – to $9.50 an hour for employees in larger businesses, and to $7.75 for smaller ones. Though still not quite a living wage, it's at least a step in the right direction.
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MN State Rep: Anti-Bullying Bill is Fascist and 'Assault on the Bible'

MN State Rep: Anti-Bullying Bill is Fascist and 'Assault on the Bible'
Already known for her kooky antics on Twitter and Facebook, Tea Party-backed Minnesota state representative Mary Franson has called the anti-bullying bill now before the House "fascism" and an "attack on the bible and conservative Christians."
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VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality

VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality
In a matter of months, Minnesota went from almost banning same-sex marriage forever to embracing marriage equality. How did this turnaround happen? A new documentary by TheUpTake investigates this transformation in an effort to provide a blueprint (and some inspiration) for the battles to be held in individual states.
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Students: Stay in MN After School and Receive $4,000 Tax Credit

The bill gives former Minnesota students a tax credit of up to $4,000 a year as long as they continue to work in Minnesota. The offer is only good for students who attended a public postsecondary school in Minnesota.
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Disgruntled Staffer Dishes More Dirt on Bachmann

Disgruntled Staffer Dishes More Dirt on Bachmann
Michele Bachmann's evangelical organizer in Iowa is alleging the Tea Party Congresswoman violated Iowa Senate ethics rules.
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