Outstate News (2-25-11)

Column: GOP mandate? The people (some of them, anyway) have spoken. (Duluth)

Dayton fires back at GOP on taxes. (HotDish)

Bakk/Koch/Dahms/Newman/Davids: GOP offers ‘no-tax’ pledge, DFL cries foul. (MnIndy)

Bakk: Minn. Senate GOP to Dayton: We won’t raise taxes. (AP)

Runbeck: Will tax increase make millionaires flee Minnesota? (MPR)

Ward/Reinert/Gauthier/Bakk: No clear challenger to Cravaack. (Duluth)

Drazkowski offers GOP’s fourth bill to repeal women’s pay equity act. (MnIndy)

Torkelson/Dahms: Brown County Day at the Capitol – Local officials express financial concerns. (New Ulm)

Swedzinski/Langseth: GOP cool on Dayton’s $1B public works bill. (Marshall)

Kahn: Minn. bill sees medical marijuana as export crop. (Rochester)

Runbeck: House debating bill to cap property tax increases. (MPR)

Holberg/Runbeck: How will Rep. Runbeck’s proposed property tax freeze plan fit with ‘all-cuts’ budget? (MinnPost)

Parry: Senate GOP launches radio show. (MPR)

Walz, veterans talk economy. (Austin)

Walz calls on lenders to protect military. (Rochester)

Walz hosts roundtable on veteran services (video). (Rochester)

Walz, Kind: Shutdown chances 50/50. (Winona)

Kind, Walz defend health care reform law. (Winona)

Cravaack/Walz: Conservative group targets Walz in new radio ads. (Rochester)

Learning experience for Cravaack, Riverside first-graders. (Brainerd)

Klobuchar to visit Albert Lea Saturday. (Albert Lea)

Franken says he hopes to help create jobs. (Willmar)

Report: Army deployed psy-ops against Franken, other senators. (MPR)

Franken: Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators. (RollingStone)

Dayton, Franken hail biotech firm for expansion plans. (MPR)

Bachmann: Dayton does U-turn on St. Croix bridge. (Strib)

Dayton touts Rochester high-speed rail route in D.C. (Rochester)

Minnesota mayors’ push to keep LGA funding puts rural GOP members and chamber groups on the spot. (MinnPost)

Wisconsin: A state divided. (MPR)

ELCA issues revised statement on genetics and faith. (Grand Forks)

Grain prices slump as speculators bail out. (Bloomberg)

Newman Letter: Who should be spared from state budget cuts? (Hutchinson)

Letter: Democrats left to clean up GOP mess. (Owatonna)

Letter: Republican [tax] argument lacks logic. (Owatonna)

Gazelka Column (Dayton): Raising taxes hurts job creation. (Brainerd)

Column: [Wisconsin] Senate Democrats protect democracy. (Red Wing)

Column: Taxes, laws not bad for business. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: Franken bill would fund STEM help. (Bemidji)

Editorial (Dayton): The outline of a deal in Minnesota. (Grand Forks)

Editorial: Obama could learn from Dayton. (Crookston)

Editorial: [State Permitting] 5 months enough. (Austin)

Editorial (Urdahl): Food bill serves up rationality. (Moorhead)