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Around Minnesota

Union workers have rejected a contract with American Crystal Sugar.

The new budget could force many Minnesota cities to raise property taxes.

Sen. Amy Koch told the House GOP to “stay strong” on the debt ceiling debate.

Congress

They have a deal, folks.

The plan calls for $2.4 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, a committee to recommend a plan to lower the deficit by Thanksgiving, and a two-step increase in the debt ceiling, according to the New York Times.

Expect lots of frantic vote counting in the next 24 hours, especially in the House where conservative freshmen may still be difficult to sell on the latest plan.

Neither Tea Party Republicans nor the most liberal wing of the Democratic party will like the debt plan.

Over the weekend, there were several votes on various debt proposals.

Rep. Chip Cravaack voted against House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling. So did Rep. Michele Bachmann. After days of scraping together votes, the bill barely got through the House, only to be promptly rejected in the Senate.

Listen to Cravaack talk about the debt ceiling debate.

Meanwhile, Rep. Collin Peterson on Saturday voted against a plan drafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Republicans won the House because of the popularity of Tea Party candidates. Now, those same candidates are making it tough for old-school Republicans to get what they want. (Ahem: debt ceiling.)

The Race for President

Bachmann’s PoliGraph test produced mixed results.

With the Ames straw poll fast approaching,Bachmann is trying to broaden her appeal.

Bachmann said at the NPC that her husband, Marcus, is off limits. The Associated Press says Bachmann’s rules have shifted since Barack Obama ran for president.

Americans want religious presidents, according to a new poll.

While Bachmann is going all-in in Iowa, Pawlenty is making Florida – another Republican stronghold – a priority.

Another article says Pawlenty’s chances in Florida are looking good.

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