Defining Illegal

Normally mild-mannered Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, did not fit that description for a time today. Huntley was engaged in an animated discussion with House Finance Chairman Lyndon Carlson, DFL-Crystal, (above) over a Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, proposal to take $100,000 from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth to build a Hibbing medical helicopter landing site.…
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The Wages Of Politics

Supporters of raising the minimum wage are furious. They thought they had a deal with the Pawlenty administration on a higher minimum wage, but today heard that the governor doesn’t like the negotiated deal and could veto it. The House-Senate conference committee report is due on the House and Senate floors soon, but Rep. Tom…
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Letter Laughed Off

A letter Gov. Tim Pawlenty sent lawmakers today that outlined his positions on transportation issues before a House-Senate conference committee may have prompted more snickering than serious responses. Pawlenty’s office sent a letter explaining the Republican governor’s position on controversial transportation safety measures and suggesting the legislators seek bipartisan support for the bill. The problem?…
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Wage Deal Reached

House and Senate negotiators this afternoon worked out a deal on raising the minimum wage. One of the most controversial parts of the bill passed by the House earlier this month and Senate last year was removed — automatically raising the wage to keep up with inflation. Under the agreement, due in the full Senate…
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Humphrey On Board

Minnesota’s former attorney general and governor candidate, and son of one of the state’s most famous politicians, will serve on the AARP national board. Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III will serve until 2014. "Each of us at AARP has an important role to play toward bettering the better health and well being of our fellow…
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