Pawlenty Orders State To Avoid ‘Obamacare’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying the federal government is trying to take over states’ rights, has ordered Minnesota officials to not apply for federal health-care funds under a 2010 law, a decision Democrats claim will cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The Republican governor on Tuesday issued an executive order forbidding members…
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Pawlenty Orders State To Skip Federal Health Funds

Gov. Tim Pawlenty today ordered his administration to do whatever it can to keep out of a federal health care program enacted earlier this year. Democrats planned to react to the Pawlenty executive order after being critical of his earlier decision to not take $850,000 in federal sex education grants for the state’s schools and…
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There Is More To Emmer-Dayton Tie In New Poll

The headlines read that the Minnesota governor’s race is deadlocked between Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton, but there is more to the story. As usual a couple of months before an election, there are plenty of undecided voters. In this case, it was nearly 20 percent of those responding to the Minnesota Public…
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Peterson, Klobuchar To Host Ag Meeting

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will host a Thursday meeting about farm issues and plans for the next farm bill. The meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Youngquist Auditorium, University of Minnesota Crookston. Peterson leads the House Agriculture Committee and, thus, is a vital cog in federal farm policy.…
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Horner’s Hiring Freeze Not A Total Freeze

When is absolute not absolute? In politics, absolutely. Part of Tom Horner’s budget plan calls for a state hiring freeze as of Jan. 1, so we asked the Independence Party governor candidate whether it was an absolute freeze. “Short term, absolutely…” the governor candidate responded. “The next governor is walking into a crisis turnaround situation.”…
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