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Anoka-Hennepin School Board members re-elected despite furor over district’s ‘neutrality policy’

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By Andy Birkey | 11.09.11 | 11:32 am

Marci Anderson and Tom Heidemann, both of whom support the “neutrality policy” won, as did Scott Wenzel, who opposes the policy.

Minnesota Family Council backs Heidemann, Anderson for Anoka-Hennepin School Board

By Andy Birkey | 11.08.11 | 5:30 am

The Minnesota Family Council argued that the district is being targeted by national liberal groups because of its policy that limits discussion of LGBT issues.

Kline: Obama’s student loan debt plan is ‘mistake’ that won’t create jobs

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By Andy Birkey | 10.31.11 | 11:30 am

For-profit colleges and companies that provide private student loans are big donors to Rep. John Kline’s campaign.

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Poll: Majority of Wis. residents disapprove of Walker, split on recall

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By Jon Collins | 10.31.11 | 10:07 am

The pollster said Walker could benefit if the recall effort became a referendum on the wisdom of recalls rather than his performance in office.

Minnesota politics highlights reel: Oct. 22-28

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By Jon Collins | 10.29.11 | 1:00 am

The Minnesota Independent covered issues ranging from American Crystal Sugar’s negotiations with a locked out union to an anti-abortion activist planning to use campaign laws in a run against Rep. Keith Ellison to force Twin Cities media to run graphic anti-abortion ads.

Pogemiller takes job leading state Office of Higher Education

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By Jon Collins | 10.28.11 | 3:08 pm

Pogemiller was known at the State Capitol for his willingness to scrap. As Senate majority leader, he presided over budget and policy battles with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Obama’s student loan plan lauded by Franken, student advocates point to limitations

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By Jon Collins | 10.27.11 | 10:25 am

The Education Finance Council said the President’s plan doesn’t address the real student loan problem of “rising tuition and the lack of well-paying jobs.”

Sen. Al Franken

Franken amendment to test kids more accurately than NCLB passes

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By Mikhail Zinshteyn | 10.20.11 | 3:47 pm

Franken’s amendment, one of a handful passed so far by the HELP committee as it undergoes a markup of the sweeping K-12 education bill, would lift the restrictions that bar states from testing students based on their skill level.

Native American elder rights, students with disabilities among ESEA highlights

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By Mikhail Zinshteyn | 10.20.11 | 2:50 pm

During day two of the HELP committee markup to approve the major K-12 education law meant to replace No Child Left Behind, senators proposed various amendments that addressed teacher requirements for Native American school lessons, testing standards for students with disabilities and classroom apprenticeship programs

Skip Humphrey named to federal consumer protection bureau

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By Jon Collins | 10.19.11 | 11:25 am

Humphrey will head the older Americans division of the Consumer Financial Protection bureau, launched and formerly headed by Elizabeth Warren.