Pawlenty Says He Regrets Comment

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today he regretted having a staff member tell a lawmaker that "cheap shots are cheap, but they are not free." Pawlenty last month told his chief of staff to pass on those remarks in a phone call to House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, in response to comments Sertich made about…
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Employment Up

Minnesota’s job count is up. Employers added 17,200 jobs during the past year, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development announced this morning. That means jobs in the state grew at 0.6 percent, compared to 0.4 percent for the country as a whole. At the same time, the Minnesota employment rate was 4.7 percent,…
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Cuba Debate

What can state lawmakers say or do to influence U.S.-Cuba relations? We may find out today if the Minnesota House follows its schedule and takes up a resolution urging the president and Congress to end trade, financial and travel restrictions to Cuba. The Legislature occasionally adopts resolutions urging certain actions in Washington, D.C. — usually…
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Good Start

Legislative leaders of both parties emerged today from talks with Gov. Tim Pawlenty saying the ground was laid for good budget talks the rest of the legislative session. No deals were cut, they said, but they agreed on how to proceed. Assistant Senate Minority Leader Betsy Wergin, R-Princeton, flipped a nickel  and House Majority…
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Northwest’s Media Relations

It appears Northwest Airlines is more accustomed to corporate meetings than news conferences. Northwest does not often host news conferences. And Tuesday’s news conference with CEO Doug Steenland seemed to reveal the company’s inexperience when it comes to hosting journalists at its sprawling Eagan headquarters. Northwest media representatives laid out a lavish display of beverages…
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