From left to right and back again, all 10 Minnesotans in Congress, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, gatherered Tuesday in the taxidermy-spangled office of Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, the dean of the delegation. The group gathers occasionally on a bipartisan basis, and the occasion this week was a luncheon-discussion of the new 113th Congress.
From front left (spatial, not political): Michele Bachmann (R), Betty McCollum (D), Peterson (D), Klobuchar (D), Franken (D), Keith Ellison (D). From back left: Tim Walz (D), John Kline (R), Rick Nolan (D), Erik Paulsen (R).
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Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Wednesday that Senate Democrats would support whatever special session deal that their fellow DFLers, Gov. Mark Dayton, is able to strike with GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.