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Suspended Community Action CEO denies wrongdoing, plans comeback — The former CEO of a controversial nonprofit is defending himself against allegations in a state audit that his organization spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money for personal expenses including travel, golf, a car loan and massages at a northern Minnesota resort.

GOP's Daudt: Commerce chief should consider resigning after MPR News story — Republican House Speaker-designate Rep. Kurt Daudt says issues raised by an MPR News story about the State Commerce Department are troubling and, if true, should result in Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman losing his job. The MPR News story described how Rothman continued funding the group Community Action of Minneapolis for years despite warnings by staffers that the nonprofit was mismanaging public funds.

Despite warnings, state kept cash flowing to controversial nonprofit — Commerce Department staffers say they told Commissioner Mike Rothman for years that his DFL political ally Bill Davis was mismanaging public money meant to aid poor people. Rothman, though, continued funding Davis' nonprofit, Community Action of Minneapolis.

Daudt and Peppin elected Minnesota House leaders — Republicans have chosen Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, to be the next speaker of the Minnesota House. Current and incoming members of the House Republican caucus elected Daudt, the current minority leader, in a closed meeting at the State Office Building. They also elected Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, to be the next majority leader.

Cornish ponders Walz challenge in 2016 — State Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, says he's thinking about challenging DFL Rep. Tim Walz in 2016. Cornish said he's talking to people about a possible run early with the hope of building a solid campaign. "I don't want to have an ineffective campaign and raise a few dollars and put out a minimal effort," Cornish said.

Three candidates want to be GOP House Speaker — There are three candidates running to become the next speaker of the Minnesota House. Republicans will meet privately tomorrow in to elect the people they will put up as leaders once the next legislative session starts in January. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, former Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, and Rep.

With divided government, Dayton and GOP say they're willing to meet halfway — Election 2014 Full coverage and comprehensive results After two years of Democratic control Minnesota is about to return to divided government. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, won a second term on Tuesday, but Republicans regained control of the Minnesota House.

House Republicans will meet Friday to elect leaders — Republicans who won control of the Minnesota House in Tuesday's election, will meet on Friday to elect a new speaker of the house and majority leader. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says he's seeking the position of speaker. Former House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, has also been mentioned as a candidate for speaker.

The race for governor: Different visions, few specifics — Live blog Election 2014 news as it happens Minnesota voters are deciding today whether to give Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton a second term, or whether to allow his Republican challenger, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, a chance to reverse course.

DFLers rally voters on Iron Range as campaign time runs out — Democrats make last-minute pitches to voters in the not-as-blue-as-it-used-to-be 8th Congressional District.
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Dec 20, 2014

RT @MPRnews: Demonstrators fill Mall of America rotunda for #BlackLivesMatter protest #moa

Dec 20, 2014

RT @MPRnews: Demonstrators chanted "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands up; don't shoot" during today's #BlackLivesMatter #MoA protest

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Protesters marching on third level heading toward exit. Chanting "no justice, no peace. Prosecute the police"

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: I see at least a dozen uniformed officers with helmets in rotunda. Still hear protesters somewhere in the mall.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @BrandtMPR: Chants: 'while you're on your shopping spree black people cannot breathe '

Dec 20, 2014

Follow @BrandtMPR for updates on the massive protest at the Mall Of America.

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