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The Capitol Note: Lawmakers end session with key tax and spending measures passed

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, in discussions with key Senate leaders as the 2014 session gets close to an ending. (Staff photo: James Nord)

Lawmakers finished out the 2014 legislative session Friday evening with the passage of three major finance and spending bills and a restrictive medical marijuana proposal. Those four pieces were seen as the last major measures to pass this year.

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The Capitol Note: Lawmakers set to announce a deal on minimum wage hike

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House leaders have reached a deal on increasing the state's minimum wage. (Staff file photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Lawmakers are expected to announce a deal on Monday raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour with inflationary increases thereafter. Negotiations between the Senate -- which has been dragging its feet on the issue -- and the House, have been a major political division this session between the Democrats who control the Legislature.

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NRCC launches Obamacare strike at Walz, Peterson, Nolan

A national Republican group is hammering DFLers in three greater Minnesota congressional districts over the technical failures that have beset the rollout of the federal health insurance exchange.

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Peterson challengers watch and wait

True story: Collin Peterson used to have a tough time getting elected to Congress. It took Peterson four tries before he finally defeated Republican incumbent Arlan Stangeland in 1990. Then Peterson faced back-to-back challenges from Republican Bernie Omann. In 1992 and 1994, Peterson held his seat, defeating Omann by a combined tally of fewer than 9,000 votes.

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