Watching Votes

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, said he was watching closely Wednesday when the Senate passed the $925 million public works construction bill he helped write. The measure earned 57 votes, but Langseth’s attention was on the 10 ‘no’ votes. If Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoes the entire package, Langseth said anyone with projects in the bill should…
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Langseth Watched Vote

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, hinted he was watching closely today when the Senate passed the $925 million public works construction package that he helped craft. The measure passed 57-10. If Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoes the entire package, Langseth said those with projects in the bill should be concerned. They should get very nervous because if…
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Funding Fight For Cancer Study

In a partisan atmosphere, even the source of funding for widely supported cancer research can be controversial. Witness the ongoing debate over how to pay for a University of Minnesota-led study of mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer cited in the deaths of 58 northeastern Minnesota mine workers. Democratic lawmakers from the Iron Range want to…
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Pelosi To Visit Twin Cities

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a Minnesota stop on April 21. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat who serves southern Minnesota, announced today that the speaker will meet with veterans from his district and to discuss veterans legislation. Walz, a first-term congressman facing a Republican challenge, said Pelosi will be in the Twin Cities.

Long Day On The Floor

Sometimes even lawmakers tire of their colleagues’ speeches. In the fourth hour of a House session today, Republican Rep. Mark Buesgens of Jordan was in the middle of a lengthy speech criticizing a Democrat-led bill dealing with grants to nonprofit agencies. It prompted DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia to interrupt and jokingly ask whether…
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