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2014: via Twitter from Rep. Pat Garofalo, @PatGarofalo over the weekend VERBATIM: “Sshhh...you didn't get this from me.” And he tags retiring Rep. John Kriesel. PHOTO: http://bit.ly/10GyM1J

ENVIRONMENT: via the Duluth News Tribune, VERBATIM: “Minnesota is taking a closer look at its environmental problems, issues and laws in coming weeks under an order from Gov. Mark Dayton…While it’s captured little public attention, Dayton initiated the effort one year ago with an executive order to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board to organize the Minnesota Environmental Congress as the board itself reconsiders its future.”  READ: http://bit.ly/QG6rH9

PLEDGE:  via AP, something you can expect Minnesota Republican members of Congress to be asked about this week, VERBATIM: “Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday, Nov. 25, he was willing to violate Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to strike a deal with Democrats over the socalled fiscal cliff, while a second Republican, Rep. Peter King of New York, echoed the assessment of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who said last week that Norquist’s pledge may be outdated.  QUOTE: “I agree with Grover, we shouldn’t raise rates. But I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can’t cap deductions and buy down debt,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”…Norquist, who founded the influential group Americans For Tax Reform, strictly opposes tax increases, even during the fiscal cliff negotiations. Graham had previously signed on to the pledge not to raise taxes put forth by Norquist.
 
TAXES: via MPR’s Tim Pugmire, VERBATIM:  “A major overhaul of state tax policy could be in the works next year when the newly elected DFL Legislature arrives at the Capitol…Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But Dayton's long-promised income tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats now in control of the House and Senate…The governor's point man on taxes, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, has been traveling the state to highlight problems in the current system and collect suggestions about ways to improve it. He has made 140 presentations in 48 cities over the past year…Frans said that almost everyone he talked to believes the tax code is out of date, and they are particularly concerned that property taxes are too high.”  READ: http://bit.ly/WrBu6j
 
ORCHESTRA:  via the Star Tribune, EXPECT:  Legislators to question why Orchestra management didn’t report deficits when they were pursuing state bonding funds.  VERBATIM:  “For four years, the Minnesota Orchestra board has walked a tightrope between managing public perceptions about its financial health and making its case to cut musicians' salaries…As early as 2009, board officers were discussing how much money to draw from investments, and the advantage of reporting balanced budgets at a time when the orchestra was raising funds and seeking state money.  MORE:  "Balances in 2009 and 2010 would support our state bonding aspirations," Bryan Ebensteiner, vice president of finance, told the orchestra's executive committee in September 2009, "while the deficits in 2011 and 2012 would demonstrate the need to reset the business model." His comments are included in minutes of the finance and executive committees obtained by the Star Tribune.”  READ: http://bit.ly/TfmGGS (DISCLOSURE:  The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are a client of Fluence Media)
 
LEGACYFUNDS:  via the Star Tribune’s Doug Smith, VERBATIM: “Will sweeping political changes at the State Capitol, where DFLers wrested control of the Legislature from Republicans on Election Day, affect how hundreds of millions of Legacy Amendment dollars are spent on fish, game and wildlife habitat in coming years?..Members of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and close observers, say that though some new members likely will be appointed in 2013, they believe the council has been -- and will continue to be -- largely politically independent.  QUOTE: "I don't think it [the election] will have a big effect,'' said David Hartwell of Minneapolis, who has been on the 12-member council since its inception in 2008 and has been chairman the past two years. "The system works pretty well.''  MORE: Still, eight of the 12 members are up for reappointment, including Hartwell. And Gary Botzek of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, who follows the council closely, said outdoor supporters must be ever watchful for "mischief'' at the Capitol, especially when it comes to spending the nearly $100 million a year of Legacy Amendment dollars dedicated to fish and wildlife habitat.  READ: http://bit.ly/QG4hHH

RECOUNT: via the Alexandria Echo Press, VERBATIM: “The discarding of 35 ballots from three Alexandria precincts where errors occurred on Election Day has padded House District 8B candidate Mary Franson's lead over Bob Cunniff to 11…The Douglas County Canvassing Board removed the ballots at random this morning, Wednesday, to abide by District Judge David Battey's ruling yesterday…Of the ballots removed, 22 were for Cunniff, 12 were for Franson and one was not marked. Subtracting those votes from the district-wide totals gives Franson an 11-vote edge, 10,640 to 10,629. Franson held just a one-vote lead after the votes were initially tallied.”  READ: http://bit.ly/XV49al

TURKEY:  via Politico, Minnesota’s CD7 is the top district in the country for Turkey’s sold according to the Ag Census.  READ: http://politi.co/UnrrSe
 
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