DFL Rejects Debates

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders rejected Minnesota Republican Chairman Ron Careys suggestion that the parties debate the now-law transportation funding bill. Carey wanted eight debates, one per congressional district, to discuss the $6.6 billion, 10-year transportation funding bill. Carey likes to call it the largest tax increase in state history. "To strengthen our economy, Republicans believe we…
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Pogemiller Promises Change

It was like Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller went to confession – in front of the Capitol press corps. The Minneapolis Democrat promised to work better with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty than he has in the past. "The speaker (Margaret Anderson Kelliher, another Minneapolis Democrat) has been more collaborative than I have been," Pogemiller confessed.…
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Pawlenty Hints At Trip

Gov. Tim Pawlenty hinted he may travel overseas again to visit deployed Minnesota troops. On his weekly radio show, Pawlenty interviewed a Minnesota National Guard official in Kosovo, where more than 400 guard members are stationed. "I hope to get back this spring to visit you and the troops," Pawlenty told Lt. Col. Mike Funk…
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Highs And Lows

It has been a week of contrasts for Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It began with him being in the national political spotlight, leading the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., and fielding questions from national political reporters — as he has from Minnesota reporters — about prospects of him becoming Sen. John McCain’s presidential running…
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Bly State’s Poet Laureate

Famed poet Robert Bly is the state’s first official poet laurete. "Minnesota has a wonderful literary history, so it is a great honor to be our state’s first poet laureate," Bly said in a statement. Bly is a native of Madison, in western Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. Bly will promote the reading and writing…
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