It’s Barkley?

An attorney for Norm Coleman emerged from a closed-door meeting at the Senate election trial this afternoon with an announcement: "We settled," Joe Friedberg jokingly told reporters. "Barkley’s going to the Senate." Friedberg was referring to Dean Barkley, the Independence Party candidate who came in a distant third to Coleman and Al Franken in the…
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Pawlenty Drops Hints

Tim Pawlenty has dropped hints in recent days that make it appear like another run for the governor’s office is in the works. The Republican governor said on "Almanac: At the Capitol" that he is "actively considering," running for a third term. Then he used even stronger language when talking to KSTP’s "At Issue."  They…
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Franken As 60th?

Turning back the political clock nearly two months, political observers will recall the buzz about whether Al Franken could be the potential 60th Democratic senator — giving the party enough votes to block Republican filibusters in the Senate. But a Republican won a Georgia Senate runoff election in December, making it possible Democrats only could…
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Peterson, Oberstar On Opposite Sides

State Sen. Larry Pogemiller, left, and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson An economic stimulus package that would send $4.5 billion to Minnesota deeply divided two of the state’s most powerful politicians. "It is a wide-ranging investment in America," U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar said. "This would go against everything I have been for," U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson…
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Oberstar: U.S. Needs Transportation Vision

Rep. Jim Oberstar The United States needs to redevelop a transportation vision like that of 50 years ago, the House’s top transportation authority says. When the interstate highway system was developed in the 1950s, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar said Thursday, Congress approved a 3 percent gasoline tax to fund a safer, faster system. "They looked…
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