Stuck In An Elevator

Staff at the state Department of Veterans Affairs were scurrying about moments before Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Tuesday announcement of plans for a new veterans cemetery. There were no problems with the plan itself, only getting people to the announcement. An elevator in the Veterans Affairs building on the Capitol grounds temporarily stalled with people inside.…
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GOP’s Ciresi Top 10

The Minnesota Republican Party has provided a top 10 list of reasons Mike Ciresi does not think Al Franken is a good candidate to beat GOP U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman. Not to give out the punch line, but the top reason is: "My record of delivering for Minnesota compared to Al Franken, for example, is…
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No New Song Law

Rep. Dean Urdahl has given up on his plan to pass a law naming a new state song. But, he added: "The idea is not dead." The Grove City lawmaker said he cannot get a committee hearing for his bill. Now, he plans to ask the Sesquicentennial Commission to seek a new song and he…
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Racino Arrives

Capitol observers were not surprised when Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, paraded out a racino proposal to help plug the state budget deficit. Joining Day was Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan. They re-introduced a bill to establish a racino that they claim would pump close to $200 million into the state treasury annually. The racino bill allows…
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Ciresi Missed Point

Mike Ciresi’s departure from Minnesotas U.S. Senate race shows candidates need to engage in face-to-face politics if they want to earn the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement. Dave Mindeman explained it on the Minnesota Network for Progressive Action Web site : "Mike Ciresi never quite got it. In two different Senate runs, he made the same mistake.…
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