Balance Required, But Gun List Possible

The Minnesota Legislature has approved a bill that would require it and Gov. Tim Pawlenty to balance the state budget for four years, not just the two years in the next budget cycle. The measure awaits Pawlenty’s signature or veto. “This will ensure that the budget solutions put forward are honest and that they don’t…
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Bill Cleans Up

A Minnesota Senate committee has followed the lead of a House panel and approved a bill that eventually will require lower-polluting cars to be sold in the state. On an 8-3 vote, the Senate Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee approved the bill, sending it to an environment committee. The bill faces stiff opposition in…
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Freshman Tries To Unite Regional Centers

A rookie lawmaker is trying to bring together Minnesota’s regional centers. Rep. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, recently convened the first meeting of lawmakers representing the state’s largest regional centers – Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, Moorhead and Mankato – in an attempt to pave the way for them to work together better. "My No. 1 goal is…
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Ballot Check Ordered

Judges in the Senate election trial want county officials’ help. The court on Thursday ordered 63 counties and some cities to examine roughly 1,500 uncounted absentee ballot envelopes to determine whether voters mistakenly placed voter registration cards in the envelope. The order was a first step toward possibly adding a large group votes in the…
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County’s Ballots, Staff In Spotlight

There is more to the story of St. Louis County’s controversial 300 ballots. St. Louis County officials said Thursday there is a legitimate explanation for at least some of the 300 ballots Norm Coleman’s campaign has described as “illegal,” and they are reviewing others. And just as St. Louis County was a topic of discussion…
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