Today’s Veep Update

If you are tired of all the Tim Pawlenty veepstakes talk, think about political reporters who hear far more on the subject than we report. However, it does seem to have some interest so let’s get updated on some of the latest: The Las Vegas Sun reports that it is illegal, even in Sin City,…
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Pawlenty ‘a Thud?’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (above in 2006 with Sen. John McCain and Rep. Michele Bachmann) remains the talk in national political circles. Take a Congressional Quarterly blog today, for instance: "But Pawlenty, like everyone else you know, doesn’t approach Obama’s star power. Actually, he is entirely unheard of nationally, and his selection could land with a…
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Sviggum Honored

The National Conference of State Legislatures handed Minnesota Labor and Industry Commissioner Steve Sviggum its "Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award." "Sviggum, 56, is a genuine rural guy, a farmer and former high school math teacher and basketball referee who is known to prefer sweaters to suits," the conference’s magazine reports. "He also was known…
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Pawlenty Keeps On Traveling

Gov. Tim Pawlenty continues his traveling around the country this week. He is scheduled to speak to American Legislative Exchange Council members in Chicago over the Wednesday noon hour. He joins folks such as U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and North Dakota native Dick Armey, the former U.S. House majority leader, at the event. The…
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Lawmakers Want More Bridge Checks

Democratic state lawmakers today said the state Department of Transportation should conduct bridge inspections more frequently and make sure bridge review notes are not just shelved. "We’re talking about accountability and transparency," said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. Lawmakers want Minnesota’s bridges inspected more frequently; currently, the time between inspections can exceed 12 months. They also…
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