Lots Of Money

Some Minnesota senators were not happy that the Northwest Airlines boss appears set to receive $18 million, even as new owners threaten to lay off other executives  and the door remains open for other job losses. Sitting in a Senate hearing Wednesday (above), Northwest Vice President Ben Hirst said he could not guarantee the…
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Chairman Brings Home Money

It can help to be a congressional chairman. Take a look at this news release: "Over $11 million in unused transportation funds have been redirected to four projects in Northeast Minnesota. Congressman Jim Oberstar secured the funding for these projects in the transportation technical corrections bill, which the House of Representatives approved this afternoon. The…
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Ritchie On Primaries

This year’s presidential primary contests are not finished, but states’ top election officials already are talking about how to improve the process in 2012. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today took part in a Harvard University discussion with other secretaries of state on whether nationwide changes are needed when it comes to selecting presidential…
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Defining Germane

Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, tried to link his plan for a statewide smoking ban exemption known at the Capitol as "smoking shacks" to a liquor bill the Minnesota House debated Monday. Heidgerken had some difficulty. His efforts were ruled out of order — or not germane in legislative jargon. His pal Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove…
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Pogemiller Loses

Even a top lawmaker in the majority party loses some battles. That was the case Monday for Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, who introduced an amendment to spend $65,000 to build a workers’ memorial on the Capitol grounds. Two things were unusual about Pogemiller’s attempt. First, Pogemiller rarely offers amendments during Senate floor debates.…
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