Outstate News (3-23-13)

Tomassoni/Dean/Paymar/Ortman/Ward/Rukavina: When the 6 ‘G’ issues take over, there’s no controlling the legislative agenda. (MinnPost)

DFL files campaign complaint against Davids. (Rochester)

DFL chair files complaint against GOP lawmaker – Charge stems from letter criticizing Radinovich. (Brainerd)

Savick/Davids: Did letters to editor break law? (AP)

Huntley/Abeler/Thissen: DFL’s plan to cut health, human services spending comes as surprise. (MPR)

Hunrley/Lourey/Murphy/Abeler/Franson: Proposed $150 million health cuts surprise, anger lawmakers. (ForumNews)

Thissen/Marquart/Daudt/Holberg: DFL House members want take from rich and give to schools. (ECM)

Bakk/Hann: Notebook – Senate budget avoids surcharge that House Democrats want. (ForumNews)

Bakk/Murphy/Hausman/Hann/Daudt: Governor tells ECM he’ll present a bonding bill this session. (ECM)

Hann/Loon/Thissen/Sieben: Break gives legislators time to ‘listen,’ but both sides already ‘know’ what they’ll hear. (MinnPost)

Thissen/Bakk/Hillsrom/Loon/etc: Lawmakers take off for spring recess. (ECM)

Paymar/Kelly/Schoen/Ward/Ingebrigtsen: Panel sends weaker gun bill to House. (ForumNews)

Savick/Ward/Poppe/Dill/Paymar: House committee sends measure on guns to floor. (Albert Lea)

Paymar/Lesch/Cornish: Jesus ‘enters’ legislators’ gun control debate. (MinnPost)

Faust/Poppe: Agriculture funding bill takes another step. (AgriNews)

Marquart/Brynaert/Kath: Lawmakers cite economic reasons for closing achievement gap. (Mankato)

Johnson: Lawmaker pushes for Highway 14 improvements near Nicollet. (Mankato)

Johnson/Hornstein: Hwy. 14 bonding bills get hearing. (New Ulm)

Schmit: Minnesota’s frac sand rules already outweigh Wisconsin’s. (Rochester)

Schmit: Red Wing Democrat’s bill would limit mining near springs, trout streams. (Rochester)

Winkler: Legislator, Bemidji native, laments changing WCHA. (Bemidji)

Abeler/Gruenhagen: Nurse staffing changes not to happen before data collection. (Hutchinson)

Zellers/Thompson/Rosen/Franken/Dayton/etc: Republicans sniffing around bids against Dayton. (Strib)

Sen. Franken Hopes Federal Money Will Help Water System. (KELO)

Sen. Franken Pushes for Minnesota Priorities in Senate Budget. (PNM)

Franken/Klobuchar: Senators attach device tax repeal to budget bill. (MinnPost)

Nolan/Franken/Fobbe: Nolan vows to help e-ride get postal contract. (Princeton)

Kline/Bachmann/Paulsen/Franken/Dayton: Minn. Democrats already eyeing Republican congressional seats. (Rochester)

Nolan: Taconite producers need more time to meet air-quality standards. (AP)

Walz: SE MN community leader meets with DC Policymakers on ag investments, opportunities to cut waste. (Chatfield)

Bachmann: Obamacare ‘literally kills’ women and children. (MinnPost)

US Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget plan. (AP)

Dayton’s dog Mesabi dies after surgery. (AP)

Dayton defends his criticism of EPA at Duluth town hall. (MPR)

Dayton: Federal, state battles waged over minimum pay. (Moorhead)

Dayton opposes statewide silica sand moratorium for now. (AP)

State health commissioner to visit Winona on Monday. (Winona)

Downey: Candidates for state GOP chair agree the party’s a mess. (MinnPost)

Benson: Former senator, linebacker to speak at foundation event. (Preston)

Record crop insurance payout stirs subsidy debate. (Willmar)

Johnson Letter: Working on Highway 14. (New Ulm)

Newman Letter: Health exchange plan deeply flawed. (Hutchinson)

Brown Letter: Disappointed by exchange bill. (Mora)

Letter: Insurance surcharge is a ridiculous idea. (Bemidji)

Letter: State legislation may increase your electric rates. (Worthington)

Letter: Legislature needs to toughen state’s school bullying law. (Bemidji)

Radinovich Column: Education funding needs to be fairer. (Aitkin)

Poppe Column: Legislature on track to invest in future. (Austin)

Lenczewski Column: DMC funding relies too heavily on promises. (Rochester)

Ruud Column: Bi-partisan support needs to change disparity law. (Aitkin)

Ingebrigtsen Column: DFL calling for $2 billion in tax increases. (Alexandria)

Newman Column: Budget still increases spending, taxes. (Glencoe)

Franken Column: It’s time to finish the job on Farm Bill. (Worthington-Park Rapids-Grand Forks)

Bachmann Column: Why I voted for the better VAWA. (St. Cloud)

Kline Column: U.S. can’t afford flawed health care reforms. (Red Wing)

Krinkie Column: How to make a budget surplus disappear. (Albert Lea)

Penny Column: Solutions to long-term debt will require compromise. (Rochester)

Column: Who would oppose raising minimum wage? (Alexandria)

Column: Wolves impacting Minnesota’s moose herds, DNR reports. (Brainerd)

Column: Both sides have a point in debate over mining impacts. (Timberjay)

Editorial: U beer losses hard to swallow. (New Ulm)

Editorial: Kline, Walz forced to fight for troops — again. (Rochester)

Editorial: Bachmann leaves you wondering. (St. Cloud)

Editorial: House, Senate present school-friendly proposals; our schools deserve nothing less. (Marshall)

Editorial (Runbeck-Chamberlain-Lien): Local Government Aid poised for welcome return. (Grand Forks)

Editorial (Keil-Lien): LGA still needed in Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes-Grand Forks)

Editorial (Huntley): Here’s a tax clearly worth celebrating – Cigarettes. (Duluth)

Editorial (Thissen): New tax bracket not enough for Democrats? (Fairmont)

Editorial: Health exchange passes, but will it be ready? (New Ulm)

Editorial: Brave New World for health care. (Winona)

Editorial: Insurance exchange – A diverse board of directors should improve prospects for success. (Timberjay)

Editorial: Let Minnesotans vote on same-sex marriage. (Park Rapids-Duluth)

Editorial: Farmers deserve thanks for keeping up with the times. (Alexandria)

Editorial: Ag research center a gem. (Mankato)

Editorial: Veto ND abortion legislation. (Moorhead)

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