He must like to cowboy boots -- or maybe the political cash (Texas contributors gave almost $183 million to campaigns in 2008, 62 percent of it to Republicans) -- because the Texas trip will be his third voyage to the Lone Star state since November. He was there this month to raise money for his political action committee and was there for a Republican Governor's Association meeting last year.
The plurality (43%) says Pawlenty's potential run for the presidency has had a negative impact on the job he's been doing as governor. Just 22% say it has had a positive impact, while another 26% say it has had no impact.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.