Who Will Claim The Candidate?

Minnesota Independence Party Chairman Craig Swaggert was surprised to learn Tuesday his party has a candidate for the 7th Congressional District race this year — at least according to the IP Web site. Then Swaggert could not figure out how Alan Roebke of Chaska — who earlier this year told some reporters he was running…
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‘Sit Up And Listen’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic legislative leaders may not yet agree on a state budget-balancing plan, but they apparently are united behind a spending plan to fight bovine tuberculosis. Lawmakers are proposing spending over $6 million to fight the disease, which has been found in northwestern Minnesota cattle herds and deer. House Speaker Margaret Anderson…
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Agency To Be Nixed

The Minnesota House voted Monday to eliminate a state agency — but it was expected. Representatives’ action followed months of planning as Employee Relations Department operations have been merged into other agencies. Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed eliminating the department, which oversees state employee health insurance and human resources management, transferring the work to other agencies.…
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Bonding, Round Two?

House Democrats quietly are surveying fellow DFLers about a possible second public works bill, asking under what conditions they would vote for another package of construction projects funded by the state selling bonds. This comes after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a $717 million bonding bill into law after removing $208 million, angering many Democratic lawmakers…
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Budget Meeting Set

Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty plant to meet about the state budget Wednesday morning. Leaders indicated they wanted a public meeting, but Pawlenty refused. Lawmakers have finished most of their work for the year, but still must decide how to fill a $935 million hole in the state budget. The House, Senate…
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