Beverage Malfunction

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he brought about a "technical problem" on his weekly radio show this morning. The governor was prevented from taking some listener calls after he dumped coffee on a control board in WCCO radio’s studio. "It’s my fault for spilling the coffee," he said. The problem eventually was fixed and Pawlenty fielded…
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Pawlenty Of Irony

Maybe it was an omen Thursday night when Jessica Pfluger from Oak Grove, Minn., appeared on Jay Leno’s "Jaywalk All-Stars" segment. Jessica was among the "best of the best," or however you may want to describe them, in providing wrong answers to simple questions. In her case, Leno showed her a picture of presidential candidate…
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Battle Of The Pens

Flair pens never have been so popular. Gov. Tim Pawlenty brought out a red one during his State of the State speech last week, calling it the taxpayer protection pen. Now, his spokesman even is carrying one like it. On the House floor Thursday, Rep. Jim Abler, R-Anoka, pulled out a blue Flair pen and…
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Tough Decision

Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, often is being lobbied on the House floor before a vote. Thursday, again, she was among lawmakers being pressured to vote for a transportati8on funding measure. She hesitated supporting the measure because her constituents say they do not want the gasoline tax to rise. She has received 470 communications…
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Happy Lawmaker

Rep. Jim Abler, R-Anoka, went to the Capitol Thursday expecting to vote against the transportation bill, but once he learned of the chamber deal, his mood changed. A happy Abler, one of the handful of Republicans Democrats expect to vote to override a veto next week, would not commit to the future vote. "One vote…
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