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DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, House GOP spar over health insurance, transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt in August. The governor and House GOP leaders reignited old feuds Wednesday over transportation spending and the state’s troubled health insurance exchange.

The final days of the campaign season brings letters, news conferences and fresh accusations.

Why Trump could lose red Utah: Mormon America has found another candidate

Supporters Alexa Herrera, 12, left, and her mother Jeanette Herrera, center, pose for a photo with Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, right, following a rally Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Draper, Utah.

Independent candidate Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer turned policy wonk who also is a Mormon, is cutting into the "lesser of two evils" vote.

Majority in poll say Trump unfit for job because of lewd remarks

Statewide, 55 percent of likely voters in the Minnesota poll say the comments captured on a 2005 video that emerged publicly earlier in October disqualify Donald Trump from being president.

The poll results also reflect a dramatic gender divide that has been evident through much of the campaign.

Sheriff's lawyers want federal judge out of profiling case

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers want a federal judge to recuse himself from all future proceedings in a racial-profiling case.

Plymouth, Twin Cities suburbs are crucial to Capitol control

The stakes of about a dozen suburban races are significant to setting the agenda that will go forward in Minnesota in 2017.

Trump: I'll run America like my business. Clinton: Let's not

His presidential dreams increasingly in question, Donald Trump pushed his business empire to the center of his political campaign Wednesday. Taking a break from battleground states, he made the case at his newest hotel that all Americans should look to his corporate record for evidence of how well he'd run the country.

Tricky economic times await next president

Possible recession, global threats await.

Battle for control of Minn. House turns into tiff over driving records
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The two sides are battling district by district in a race to secure the 68 seats needed for majority.

Vice President Joe Biden to go to Duluth on Friday
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VP Joe Biden to visit Duluth Friday

Committee will seek candidates for two federal district court vacancies

Minnesota's federal bench, one of the nation's busiest, faces two vacancies.

Complete Minnesota Poll results: Sexual misconduct allegations

A majority of Star Tribune Minnesota Poll respondents say Donald Trump's comments in a video about groping women makes him unfit to be president, and a majority also believe he probably has made unwanted sexual advances.

Hacked e-mails detail Clinton Foundation woes

Concern over donations, power struggles detailed.

Health law tax penalty? I'll take it, millions say

They would rather pay the IRS than hefty premiums with big deductibles.

Clinton e-mails reveal fear, frustration in her inner circle

The revelation of Clinton's private e-mail setup roiled her campaign team in the weeks before its official April 2015 kickoff.

Pepe the Frog's creator wants to reclaim him from the alt-right

Matt Furie teamed with the Anti-Defamation League to launch a #SavePepe campaign.

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump's 'rigged' election claims

Statewide, 47 percent of those polled think Trump was wrong to question the legitimacy of the U.S. election system, and the divide is widened by geography.

Battle for control of Minn. House turns into tiff over driving records

The two sides are battling district by district in a race to secure the 68 seats needed for majority.

Minnesota Somali groups join to speak with one voice at Capitol

Eight nonprofits plan to ask state legislators for about $11 million for community initiatives.

Legal fights over voting rights continue to rage

– While Donald Trump repeatedly claims that the election is “rigged” against him, voting rights groups are increasingly battling something more concrete…