Bonding Override? No, Says DFLer

A top senator on transportation says Gov. Tim Pawlenty protected himself from getting overridden on his bonding bill line-item vetoes. Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said Pawlenty vetoed rail and bus projects in Democrat-leaning areas, but approved funding for transit in areas represented by Republican lawmakers. "The governor ensured that he would be able to…
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Bills Vs. B-ball

The Minnesota House may have been debating election bills tonight, but some lawmakers had basketball on their mind. Representatives could be seen watching the national college basketball championship game on their laptop computer at their desk in the House chamber. In addition, TVs in the House retiring room were going to be tuned to the…
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St. Paul Upset

St. Paul legislators, the mayor and other leaders are furious that more than half of the money Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed out of the public works funding bill came from St. Paul projects. Or, as a Web news headline said, "Pawlenty to St. Paul: Drop Dead." "God, I’m so angry about that," Sen. Sandy Pappas…
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Pawlenty Removes, Then Signs

It wasn’t a routine Monday at the Capitol today as Gov. Tim Pawlenty surprised many by stripping $208 million from the bonding bill he then signed into law. The Republican governor used his line-item veto authority to target projects in Democrat-leaning areas of the state, DFL lawmakers charged. But Pawlenty said the $925 million bill…
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Pogemiller Fires At Pawlenty

Larry Pogemiller is back on his anti-Tim Pawlenty kick. Earlier this legislative session, the Senate majority leader proclaimed he was "reformed" and would be kinder to Pawlenty. But on Minnesota Public Radio this morning, Pogemiller slipped back to his old ways. "He has fallen in love with his own rhetoric," Pogemiller said while discussing the…
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