It’s Almost Over

Legislators needed a couple of hours to sleep on a preliminary deal (as Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead demonstrates, above) but this afternoon the final deal was reached. Read the details.

Biding Time

As closed-door budget talks dragged on Saturday and early this morning, rank-and-file legislators found a variety of ways to stay busy. Some watched sports games on their computers, others slept. Still others goofed around in the House chamber. And then there were Reps. Frank Moe of Bemidji and Pat Garofalo of Farmington. They took turns…
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Thanks, Mom

Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, opened the House session today with prayer. But, first, he explained that he called his mother, a Democrat, to let her know he would offer the opening prayer. Her reaction upon hearing the news? "Oh, dear." "With that vote of confidence, let’s pray," Hamilton said.

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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