Here's what Gov. Tim Pawlenty's official public events schedule says for Tuesday: "No Public Events Scheduled."
It turns out the governor was in Los Angeles, California Tuesday night appearing at a conference talking about "America's Political Landscape as the Midterms Approach." The trip was not paid for with state dollars.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.