Pawlenty Takes Education Chair

Gov. Tim Pawlenty becomes chairman of the Education Commission of the States this summer. The commission made that announcement this morning. It is an interstate organization established in 1965 to improve public education via communications, exchange of ideas and other methods. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nationwide organization. Pawlenty will take over from Kansas…
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TB Vs. Skeeters

Urban-rural disputes are nothing new at the Minnesota Capitol, and the latest twist could leave metro lawmakers itching: a potential fight over whether to fund mosquito control in the Twin Cities or bovine tuberculosis in rural Minnesota. Rural lawmakers are concerned state aid to farmers fighting bovine TB — a condition found in some northwest…
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Really Reformed?

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, never has been Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s best friend, but a few weeks ago announced that he was a "reformed" man and no longer would bad-mouth the GOP governor. A column he penned for release today was not kind toward the governor: "The governor continues to use shifts and gimmicks…
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Franson Campaign Different

The fact that Dick Franson is running for U.S. Senate under the Democratic banner may be a surprise to most Minnesotans. The perennial candidate has lost about two dozen races since winning his only one, a Minneapolis City Council post in the 1960s, and he does not wage campaigns like other candidates. When he stopped…
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Speech In The Works

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is headed to Fargo Friday to speak to North Dakota Republicans at their state convention. So, what is the topic of his speech? "I haven’t written it yet," he admitted in an interview. Pawlenty, appearing at North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven’s invitation, said he probably will discuss the status of the Republican…
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