Pawlenty Cancels Speech

Gov. Tim Pawlenty canceled a speech today to a large renewable fuels conference in Las Vegas because of the "ongoing activity involving Northwest and Delta," his office said. A merger of Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines appears likely. "The governor wanted to be able to stay in direct contact with staff and commissioners in…
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Olson ‘sorry’

Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, took to the House floor today with an apology for abusing his wife last year. Olson was convicted in the case, which convinced fellow Republicans to kick him out of their caucus. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said Olson has paid all court costs related to the case and…
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Hwy. 60 Revisted

Sen. Jim Vickerman didn’t even finish asking his question when he was interrupted during a Monday hearing about a transportation funding plan. Knowing where Vickerman was headed, bill author Sen. Steve Murphy quickly tried to appease his fellow lawmaker: "We’re going to get to Highway 60." Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, has been pushing for years for funding…
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‘Idle Minds’ Outside St. Paul

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty has attributed veep speculation to the "machinations of the idle minds" of the Minnesota Capitol press corps.    Maybe he should include the Washington press corps.    National political journalists appearing Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press" mentioned the Republican governor as a possible vice presidential candidate.    Kate O’Beirne, Washington editor of the…
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Dining Concerns

The lawmaker who promoted the "Cheeseburger bill" that would have protected restaurants from lawsuits filed by people alleging they got fat because of the food is worried about the fate of Old Country Buffet.The buffet chain’s operator recently filed for bankruptcy."They can’t close the trough on me," joked Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City.Urdahl said he…
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