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Hopefuls for governor look to build on first debate

– Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson finally met face-to-face Wednesday night, clashing over the governor’s leadership in the past four years and Minnesota’s priorities in the next four. Dayton, Johnson and the Independence Party’s Hannah Nicollet kept the tone largely cordial in the 60-minute debate at Mayo Civic Center, the first of this year’s campaign. Johnson struck the most aggressive tone, with a litany of criticism aimed at Dayton’s record, though he kept fuzzy on details of how he’d rein in state spending if elected. Seeking a second term, DFLer Dayton mostly avoided direct engagement with Johnson’s jabs. Instead he touted highlights from his time in office.

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Maher brings anti-Kline campaign to Northfield

 Comedian Bill Maher will visit Northfield on Tuesday to launch his campaign to kick Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline out of Congress. The host of HBO's "Real Time" will lead a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Event Center. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum and John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition are among the panelists. Maher (at left) picked Kline as the winner of his "Flip A District" contest in September after the Second District Republican won an NCAA-style bracket to determine the incumbent that most viewers wanted to vote out of office. During his visit, Maher plans to discuss student loan debt, an issue that’s likely to resonate in Northfield, home to St. Olaf and Carleton colleges.

Klobuchar requests rail study

 Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and a Republican colleague from South Dakota are requesting a federal study on the rail backlog in the Upper Midwest and its economic impact on their states' agriculture, food processing and ethanol industries. Klobuchar and Sen. John Thune sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week requesting a department analysis. A University of Minnesota study cited by the senators found that the state's farmers lost almost $100 million between March and May this year due to backlog in the rail system.



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 Scoring political points over MNsure rate increase

VIDEO: With the news that MNsure rates will increase an average of 4.5 percent, Democrats praised what they called a modest rise while Republicans seized on the figure, calling it "bogus" and "deceptive."



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