Cleaning House

House Minority Leader Mary Seifert of Marshall booted all six of his caucus Republicans who voted for the transportation veto override from leadership and committee positions today. Among those demoted were Reps. Bud Heidgerken of Freeport, Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake, Jim Abeler of Anoka, Kathy Tingelstad of Andover, Ron Erhardt of Edina and Neil…
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Pressure After Vote

Rep. Bud Heidgerken says he still is the lead GOP member on the House K-12 education funding committee — for now. The Freeport lawmaker was among six House Republicans who voted to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s transportation veto and, as a result, was asked to step down from his leadership position on the education committee.…
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Seifert And The Override

Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, said he did everything possible to prevent an override of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s transportation veto on Monday. "I think everyone understood I did everything I physically could other than throwing myself down the Capitol steps and trying to take someone with me," he said. "I can’t push people’s…
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Big Vickerman Smile

Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, hardly could contain his excitement tonight after a transportation funding bill passed that provides money for improving Minnesota 60 in his area. Vickerman long has fought to get funding for the southwestern Minnesota highway, which is a dangerous two-lane road in part of his district. At a Duluth and St. Louis…
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Vote Not Easy, But…

Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake said his decision to support the override of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s transportation veto was very difficult. But the Republican lawmaker joked that it did not compare to the difficulties he faces in his day job, in which he seeks permits for hog barns. "This is a walk in…
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