They Agree On One Thing

A Minnesota News Council-League of Women Voters debate with 20 governor candidates produced one point of agreement among most hopefuls: They did not like the format. The sponsors allowed just one-minute answers to questions, and candidates such as Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook said that was not enough time to discuss any issues. Ramsey County…
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Pawlenty Attacks Bemidji

Gov. Tim Pawlenty made some of his strongest statements yet against local government aid when he blasted Bemidji for raising its property tax levy. On his weekly radio show, Pawlenty used that as an example of cities improperly blaming property tax increases on state aid cuts The Republican governor, often attacked by Democrats for forcing…
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Packed Field Debates

Davis draws a laugh More Minnesota governor candidates showed up for a massive Wednesday night debate than the average precinct caucus will host next week. And still, just two-thirds of the candidates planning to run this year were at the gathering, the biggest such forum political observers remember. In front of hundreds of newspaper workers,…
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GAMC Lives Another Month

Low-income Minnesotans who depend on a state program for health care won a one-month extension this morning. General Assistance Medical Care will remain in operation a month longer than expected, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman announced. The new date for the program to end is April 1. “This extra month of…
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State Delays More School Aid

Update: Minnesota officials turn schools into the state’s bank this spring. The state will run out of money in March and April, and the Pawlenty administration says it needs to borrow money from schools to pay the state’s bills. The state sent school superintendents a notice Tuesday saying it will delay its payments to about two-thirds of…
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