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Dean’s new stadium pitch upends push for House floor vote (by design?)

After months of negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan, GOP legislative leaders upended the debate on Tuesday by unveiling a new proposal that relies entirely on general obligation bonds to cover the state’s portion of the project.

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Racino gets amended into Vikings stadium bill

The Senate Finance Committee turned the Vikings stadium political situation upside down by inserting the controversial revenue source of allowing slot machines at two Minnesota racetracks. The Senate's chief author immediately vowed to have the so-called racino removed from the bill tomorrow in the Taxes committee.

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Legislative leaders agree on 2012 agenda, but split on details

DFL and GOP legislative leaders expressed optimism that the looming legislative session will be less combative than in 2011 at a panel discussion Tuesday morning. House and Senate leaders of both parties indicated support for a bonding bill, skepticism about the prospects for passing a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill and confidence that the legislative session can be finished prior to Easter.

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Senate majority leader to play crucial role on gaming proposals

When Republican state senators gather on Tuesday to elect a new majority leader, their top-of-mind priority will be to choose someone who can bail out a sinking boat and set it sailing in the right direction again. But the stakes will also be very high for a set of Capitol interest groups facing an historic chance to make years’ and countless dollars’ worth of lobbying efforts pay off.

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