GOP Questions Tactic

Republicans raise the question about whether a unique tactic of holding a public works bill in the Senate to avoid a veto is constitutional. "Don’t play political chicken with members of the Senate," Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, told leaders of the Democrat-controlled Senate Thursday. Her comment came in response to a move earlier this week…
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House OKs Earlier Primary

The Minnesota primary election would be Aug. 10, rather than Sept. 14, under a bill representatives passed 126-5 Thursday. The action was required by Congress, which passed a law giving military and other overseas Americans more time to vote. Minnesota’s September primary election did not provide the required time before the November election. “We’ve listened…
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Senate OKs GAMC Veto Override

Minnesota senators voted 45-21 Thursday to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a health care program for the poor, even though legislative health leaders are trying to negotiate an agreement with the governor. "I wish the governor had not been so indecisive engaging in this discussion," said Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis. The vote sends the…
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Legislators Cool To Farm Cuts

Juhnke Farm-area legislators fear that agriculture programs are being cut more than other departments as Minnesota officials look to balancing the state budget. And they do not like being left in the dark, as they claim is happening as the Pawlenty administration looks at further reductions. Facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty…
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Pawlenty, DFLers Begins Talks

Langseth, reporters The governor and legislators are meeting over two sticky issues that had appeared ready to implode. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty met with key lawmakers Wednesday on a public works funding bill and a health-care program for some of Minnesota’s poorest residents. While no deals were reached, both sides said they made progress and…
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