Bonding, Round Two?

House Democrats quietly are surveying fellow DFLers about a possible second public works bill, asking under what conditions they would vote for another package of construction projects funded by the state selling bonds. This comes after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a $717 million bonding bill into law after removing $208 million, angering many Democratic lawmakers…
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Budget Meeting Set

Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty plant to meet about the state budget Wednesday morning. Leaders indicated they wanted a public meeting, but Pawlenty refused. Lawmakers have finished most of their work for the year, but still must decide how to fill a $935 million hole in the state budget. The House, Senate…
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One Superdelegate Uncommitted

And then there was one. Nancy Larson was become the next-to-last Minnesota superdelgate to commit to a Democratic candidate, picking Sen. Barack Obama. The Dassel Democrat said it was a tough decision, and she could support either Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, but opted for Obama because his campaign seems to be driven…
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Sertich Responds

The Capitol press corps has been a bit upset that Gov. Tim Pawlentys public schedules often do not include speeches and other events. Often, reporters hear about Pawlenty appearances by sources other than his office. So on Friday when legislative leaders held their weekly press briefings, some reporters asked if they would share their schedules.…
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Late-night House Humor

When Minnesota House floor debates stretch for hours and into the night, legislators sometimes get creative. Such was the case Thursday when Rep. Tony Cornish offered an amendment to a health-care reform bill. Following a recent report that venison donated to food shelves was found to contain lead, the Good Thunder Republican suggested fees collected…
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