Talks Go On And On

The goal for high-level legislative negotiations today is simple  make progress. "We were stuck in a rut," House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said en route to today’s first of what was expected to be many meetings early this afternoon. Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty met briefly on health-care issues, then recessed to…
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House Makes History

When Rep. Neva Walker pounded the gavel to open the Minnesota House session this morning, she made history The Minneapolis Democrat is the first African-American ever to gavel in a House session. The four-term lawmaker is not running for re-election, and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, is giving retiring members a few minutes to…
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Historic Start To House Session

It was a historic start for the House this morning when Rep. Neva Walker gaveled the session to order. That dropping of the gavel was the first time an African-American ever has opened a House session. Walker, a Minneapolis Democrat, is retiring after serving four terms. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kellier, DFL-Minneapolis, is allowing retiring…
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A Campaign Cut, Please

    It is almost the end of the legislative session, so a representative’s thoughts turn to … shaving his beard? "Campaign mode," Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, explained. "I don’t want to scare voters, but I do want to scare folks down here." Guess we know he is running for a fourth term.

Wage Bill Vetoed

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed an increase in the state’s minimum wage late this afternoon. Pawlenty had complained that the bill raises wages too much and that workers who receive tips, such as waiters and waitresses, should have a lower minimum wage. The bill would have raised the minimum wage for large Minnesota companies to $6.75…
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