North Dakotan Out

Grand Forks, N.D., native Jim Hovland today suspended his congressional race in the western Twin Cities. The Republican-turned-Democrat said he would consider getting back into the race if the 3rd Congressional District convention in April develops no clear winner. He and two others were running to replace another North Dakota native, Jim Ramstad, who is…
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GOP Attempts Blocked

House Republicans tried unsuccessfully today to pull two controversial bills from committee for floor debate — as a Friday deadline for bill hearings neared. They said they cannot get their bills discussed in committee, so must seek debate of the full House. "Those of us in the minority don’t expect to have our way, but…
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Lobbying U Of M Students To Lobby

University of Minnesota student leaders were told Wednesday they should be more like their counterparts at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The colorful Rep. Tom Rukavina, who leads a House higher education panel, told U of M students to make themselves known at the Capitol. "I hope you come around more often like…
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No Rush On Bonding

The House and Senate rushed to pass their public works spending packages last week, with legislative leaders saying final negotiations could take place this week. Now, it appears discussions over the so-called bonding bill have slowed. Democratic Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul, the top House bonding bill negotiator, said Tuesday there probably will be…
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Stuck In An Elevator

Staff at the state Department of Veterans Affairs were scurrying about moments before Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Tuesday announcement of plans for a new veterans cemetery. There were no problems with the plan itself, only getting people to the announcement. An elevator in the Veterans Affairs building on the Capitol grounds temporarily stalled with people inside.…
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