Time To Leave

Senators are struggling to agree on issues, but they agree on one thing. While awaiting for a photograph to be taken on the Capitol steps today, they joined together in chanting: "sine die." It was a bit strange for Capitol observers, to say the least, to hear senators chanting. The term "adjourn sine die" means…
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Different Times, Styles

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, wanted photographers to wait a moment before taking her photograph this afternoon, saying it is tough to be presentable when you do not get to bed until 4 a.m. Gov. Tim Pawlenty approached reporters after the photo and when asked, said he hit the hay at 2:30 a.m. So…
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Herding Senators

Sure, Minnesota legislators were trying to wrap up this year’s session on Saturday. But Senate  photographer David Oakes, left, may have had the toughest job as he tried to line up 67 senators for a photo commemorating the state’s 150th birthday.

Pawlenty Signs … Autographs

  Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed autographs instead of bills and posed with legislative leaders instead of negotiating with them at mid-day today. The governor and most legislators spent some time outside to help celebrate the state’s 150th birthday today. Legislative leaders hurried back into the Capitol, ready to begin negotiations, but the governor was mobbed…
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School Bill, Real ID Vetoed

It came as little surprise at the Capitol, but late last night Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office announced he had vetoed a K-12 education finance bill and a proposal that Minnesota not take part in a federal security program. The education bill would have provided a one-time, $51-per-student state aid increase to Minnesota schools, but Pawlenty…
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