Amendment Poem

Rep. Sandy Wollschlager, DFL-Cannon Falls, read a poem as House members today approved a constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax for outdoors and arts programs: "Roses are red, "Violets are blue "We’ve got bike trails rivers and canoes, too. "A great place to live, work and play "Stop by for a lifetime "Or a…
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Pawlenty Edits Speech

When Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered his State of the State speech Wednesday, he suggested the state budget deficit should be tackled without raising taxes. But as he is known to do, Pawlenty didn’t keep to his prepared remarks. In fact, this time he skipped two gloomy paragraphs that were included in an advanced copy of…
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State Of The Speech: Flat?

Gov. Tim Pawlenty went to the St. Cloud Civic Center today to deliver his sixth State of the State speech. Constitutional and military officers, state Supreme Court justices, some lawmakers and others attended, but dozens of chairs were noticeably empty in the spacious room. Pawlenty had barely left before Democratic legislators described the speech as…
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Sertich Podcasting

One of Minnesota’s most technically savvy legislators launched a video podcast this week. House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, introduced his podcast, welcoming the public and media to use its contents. He promises to use the video to deliver messages from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party House on issues of the day. Today, for instance, Sertich plans…
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Langseth Writes

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, didnt waste any time this legislative session demanding that Gov. Tim Pawlenty come clean. One of Langseths big complaints in recent years is that Republican Pawlenty often will tell a group that he likes its public works project proposal, but then not include it in his own funding plans. So on…
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