Outstate News (1-19-13)

Editorial (Bakk): The state constitution – Requiring a three-fifths majority in Legislature makes sense for approving amendments. (Timberjay)

Editorial (Hann-Daudt): MN GOP sings same old song. (Grand Forks-Detroit Lakes)

Eaton/Winkler: Minimum wage: Minnesota falls behind other states. (MinnPost)

McNamar/Westrom: Local legislators begin work on bills to benefit constituents. (Morris)

Koenen/Schomacker/Swedzinski: Legislators hear about the benefits of educational and job programs. (Marshall)

Bakk/Bonoff: University of Minnesota president says progress made in administration cuts. (ForumNews)

Skoe/Ortman/Thompson: Legislators begin looking into how to reform state taxes. (ForumNews)

Rest/Skoe/Ortman: Lawmakers start to look at sales tax. (AP)

McNamara/Wagenius/Dill: Carp barrier: disco, electric or …? (ForumNews)

Murphy/Hamilton/Poppe/Ward/Falk: GOP loses farm vote, but gets attention. (ForumNews)

Norton: Bill would make it easier to change ballot. (Rochester)

Simon: Voter ID may be revisited. (Hutchinson)

Atkins: E-pulltab, bingo games will pay off, supporters say. (ForumNews)

Goodwin: Bill proposes to ban smoking in theatrical performances. (AP)

Goodwin/Paymar: Bill would make it harder for felons to own guns. (AP)

Daudt/Hann: Dayton, GOP legislative leaders find some common ground at first breakfast session. (MinnPost)

Urdahl: Commission seeks progress on Capitol repairs. (Litchfield)

Hansen: Lawmaker seeks probe of data breach at DNR. (AP)

Dorholt/O’Driscoll/Howe/Newberger: Newcomers in the Capitol: Freshmen legislators finding their way. (St. Cloud)

O’Driscoll works on budget, school funding. (Sartell)

Rep McNamar sworn in for first term as 2013 legislative session begins. (Glenwood)

Al Franken: Bulletproof? (WashPost)

Will Al Franken Coast? (WSJ)

Senator Franken spends day in Ely. (Ely)

Franken/Klobuchar/Peterson: Minn., N.D. lawmakers have mixed reactions on Obama plans. (ForumNews)

Klobuchar: Senator gets inside look at Tuohy Furniture. (Chatfield)

Klobuchar: Homegrown Energy Tour comes to Granite Falls. (Granite Falls)

Peterson ‘skeptical’ about gun control proposals. (Litchfield)

Nolan adds name to bill to end Afghanistan war. (Duluth)

Clark Johnson wins DFL endorsement for House 19A. (Mankato)

19A: Gieseke talks about solving issues, saving money. (New Ulm)

14A: Democrats endorse Dorsher at closed convention. (AP)

Dorsher: House 14A convention closed without her knowledge. (St. Cloud)

Downey: Minnesota GOP will choose new state chair from rival factions still at war. (MinnPost)

(Farmers Union-Farm Bureau): Budget, property taxes expected to be top issues at Legislature. (AgriNews)

Minnesota’s 2012 crop sets records. (AgriNews)

Minnesota adds 9,100 jobs in December — jobless rate drops to 5.5 percent. (Detroit Lakes)

EPA sets haze regulations for taconite plants. (Duluth)

EPA issues rules to cut haze over Voyageurs, BWCA. (AP)

Construction of ‘green dorm’ off to quick start in Morris, Minn. (Willmar)

Gunther Letter: Bad news for rural areas. (Fairmont)

Gruenhagen Letter (Thissen): Highest priority is to be a voice for rural Minnesota. (Glencoe)

Benson Letter: DFL changes committees, hurts rural Minnesota. (Rochester)

Kresha Letter (Wagenius-Poppe-Thissen): Voice of ag interests will be weakened by Metro-area chair. (Little Falls)

Poppe Letter (Hamilton): Republican starts year with attack. (Albert Lea-Bemidji-Brainerd)

Letter (Wagenius): DFL has done much for agriculture. (Little Falls)

Letter (Wagenius): Kresha should resist partisanship; work across the aisle. (Little Falls)

Letter (Franken): If it walks like a secret and talks like a secret, it’s a secret. (Ely)

Column (Rukavina): And the land exchange debate continues…(Timberjay)

Column: Should filibuster be limited or abolished? (Alexandria)

Column: Reason to be skeptical about latest gun plan. (Austin)

Editorial: New plan needed to pay for Vikings stadium. (Austin)

Editorial: Franken’s visit to Ely could’ve been better. (Ely)

Editorial: We hope lawmakers act in responsible way. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Those with stake should lead fight against carp. (Fairmont)

Editorial: Did not take long before DFLers began to raid taxpayers’ pocketbooks. (Glencoe)

Editorial: Split up farm bill, debate merits separately. (Mankato)

Editorial: Minnesota recycling falling behind. (Mankato)

Editorial (Davids): Bipartisanship still needed in DFL-controlled Legislature. (Rochester)

Sen. Senjem’s practical veterans home plan should prevail. (Rochester)

Editorial: Pawlenty’s commission could help Dayton. (Grand Forks)