Wellstone Son Works On Bill

One of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone’s sons is making a plea for help to get one of his father’s favorite bills a favorable U.S. House vote. "The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act has been scheduled for a vote in the House on Wednesday," David Wellstone said in an e-mail sent…
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GOP Ads Begin

Minnesota Republicans today began their official attack on Democrats before the November election. A television commercial called "Stop DFL" is critical of a $6.6 billion transportation funding bill. "In 2006, Democrats promised Minnesotans that they would govern as ‘fiscal moderates,’" GOP Chairman Ron Carey said. "But today all of Minnesota knows those were just empty…
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Late Re-start

The House debated a tax bill three hours today, then DFL leadership recessed until 9:30 p.m. tonight. It did not set well with Republican members, who said they were being punished for offering amendments. "So you are telling us that because your caucus showed up an hour late … we are going to come back…
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Mental Health Rally Wednesday

Advocates and DFL lawmakers will rally in the state Capitol rotunda at noon Wednesday in support of a national mental health bill up for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress is scheduled to vote March 5 on the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, a bill that would prohibit group…
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DFL Rejects Debates

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders rejected Minnesota Republican Chairman Ron Careys suggestion that the parties debate the now-law transportation funding bill. Carey wanted eight debates, one per congressional district, to discuss the $6.6 billion, 10-year transportation funding bill. Carey likes to call it the largest tax increase in state history. "To strengthen our economy, Republicans believe we…
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