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Dayton and lawmakers hold talks, consider special session after election

Plus: MNsure phone lines hit by robocall attack; Thompson-Reuters to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide; Q&A with Rep. Keith Ellison; and more.

Gov. Mark Dayton
MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

You know, when you talk about a special session this much, it kind of stops being special. KSTP reports: “Gov. Mark Dayton met again with lawmakers Tuesday morning to discuss the [MNsure costs] issue at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. … Lawmakers have agreed to the come up with significant changes to provide relief to shoppers. … ‘We had a very productive meeting,’ Dayton said. ‘The next step is to call for a special session probably after the election.’ ”

Someone sabotaging MNsure? The Star Tribune’s Christopher Snowbeck reports: “The health insurance shopping season got off to a rough start Tuesday with complaints about the websites at MNsure and Bloomington-based HealthPartners, and a report that the MNsure call center was targeted by robocallers tying up phone lines.”

Could be bad news. The Star Tribune has Jessica Toonkel’s Reuters report: “Thomson Reuters Corp. third-quarter earnings beat analyst expectations on Tuesday and the company said it would cut jobs worldwide, taking a fourth-quarter charge of $200 million to $250 million to streamline its business. … The company employs about 48,000 people globally and about 7,000 in the Twin Cities. It was unclear how the restructuring would affect its local operations, chiefly in Eagan.

Good a time as any to check in with Rep. Keith Ellison. The Journal’s Dylan Thomas writes: “U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison occupies a relatively safe seat representing the heavily democratic 5th Congressional District, so in the final weeks of the election season he was hitting the pavement to campaign on behalf of other local democrats. … Ellison took a break from that work on Oct. 30 to chat with The Journal about what comes after the election and a couple of key issues of both local and national significance: protests here and in neighboring North Dakota over the Dakota Access oil pipeline project and a debate in Minneapolis over whether or not to become the country’s latest municipality to set a $15 minimum wage.”

In other news…

Great, make us feel even worse about just eating it all ourselves: “Send Your Extra Halloween Candy to US Troops Overseas” [KSTP]

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Follow-up: “$2M settlement in former Twin Cities woman’s death during Fla. police demonstration class” [Star Tribune]

Nicollet Mall not an option right now: “Holidazzle Returns to Loring Park” [WCCO]

Handy guide to the styles of all these newfangled Minnesota-made gins: “Spirits Close-Up: Minnesota Gin” [The Growler]

Impressive showing by Legal Marijuana Now’s Dan R. Vacek, too: “Minnesota students pick Trump in first statewide mock election” [Star Tribune] 

Might be necessary this year: “Minneapolis polling places will have extra security this year” [MPR]

Onward: “United supporters sing farewell to longtime Blaine home” [Pioneer Press]

Sweet digs: “A Tour of Novelist Marlon James’s Loft in Minneapolis” [New York Times]

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