Who’s On First?

Marty Seifert and Tony Sertich don’t look alike. And their political opinions are far apart. However, even political reporters and their best legislative friends sometimes flip-flop their names. On one recent day, for example, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher called Seifert "Sertich" three times. And a Kelliher fill-in, Rep. Al Juhnke, did the same as…
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What ‘understanding’ Means

Definition of "understanding" from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1) A mental grasp. 2) A mutual agreement not formally entered into but in some degree binding on each side. That definition is pretty important around the Capitol these days. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, emerged from a meeting with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other legislative leaders…
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Pawlenty Says He Regrets Comment

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today he regretted having a staff member tell a lawmaker that "cheap shots are cheap, but they are not free." Pawlenty last month told his chief of staff to pass on those remarks in a phone call to House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, in response to comments Sertich made about…
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Employment Up

Minnesota’s job count is up. Employers added 17,200 jobs during the past year, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development announced this morning. That means jobs in the state grew at 0.6 percent, compared to 0.4 percent for the country as a whole. At the same time, the Minnesota employment rate was 4.7 percent,…
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Cuba Debate

What can state lawmakers say or do to influence U.S.-Cuba relations? We may find out today if the Minnesota House follows its schedule and takes up a resolution urging the president and Congress to end trade, financial and travel restrictions to Cuba. The Legislature occasionally adopts resolutions urging certain actions in Washington, D.C. — usually…
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