Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

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Sam Brodey The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians, not only in local races like the one in the 8th Congressional District, but also in statewide contests.Nowhere is that more apparent than the special election for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tina Smith. The former lieutenant governor and longtime DFL operative, appointed to fill the seat vacated by Al Franken, has been endorsed by the party and is, technically, an incumbent senator.At the same time, Smith has not yet been elected to this seat, and she has worked since taking office in January to build a legislative record she can run on in November. That now includes some...

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Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

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