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Gov. Tim Walz spoke with the Star Tribune's Patricia Lopez on the challenges facing Minnesota.
Whether it's spring brunch or Easter breakfast, the egg suits the season far beyond scrambled and poached.
The Senate and House passed a plan that includes a $435 million tax increase, and there's the rub.
Mike Huckabee scored an impressive victory, capping one of the most remarkable come-from-nowhere triumphs in recent history.
The prominent appellate lawyer has led the judicial selection commission for Gov. Pawlenty. He will be the first person who is not a justice to take the top job in decades.
Speaking at the state party's convention, the governor said people deserve leaders "who are hopeful, optimistic, decent" and called upon Republicans to provide that leadership. Beforehand, he again demurred on talk of his vice presidential prospects.
Al Franken's 225-vote lead was unanimously certified by the state Canvassing Board, but Norm Coleman's planned court challenge will keep Franken from taking his seat when the Senate convenes today.
Tim Pawlenty is on the road again, speaking to GOP groups as he tries to revitalize his party and his presidential prospects.
The candidates and their staffs are keeping their phones close by because they know the ruling could come any day now, ending a seven-month odyssey.
Common Cause Minnesota is looking at the elimination of the Political Contribution Refund program as a way to go to court over Gov. Pawlenty's plan to balance the budget.
Administration officials came under sharp questioning from DFL legislators over unallotment plans.
Now that Tim Pawlenty has said he won't seek a third term, here's info to help you through the dust kicked up by all the people stepping in.
A group says that updates to Minnesota's registration system are lacking and that '08 vote totals exceed voters in the system by 406,000.
Working to a truly bitter end, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned at midnight Monday, following a final gesture of defiance toward Gov. Tim Pawlenty, as the DFL-led House and Senate passed a massive $2.7 billion bill that would wipe out the state's deficit through a $1 billion tax increase and a one-time shift.
A DFL effort to override the governor's line-item veto of $381 million in 2010 funding for the program for childless adults fell three votes short tonight. Meanwhile, Monday's deadline for legislative adjournment is looming.
In a closed-door meeting with top legislators on Saturday morning, Gov. Tim Pawlenty offered to slice another $1.2 billion from the state spending and adopt a $1.8 billion accounting shift proposed by the House as a way to close the state's budget gap and end the session on time.
In what he said was "the spirit of compromise," Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday put out his own alternative to a $1 billion tax increase he's vetoed that would balance the state's budget and close out the session.
As the May 18 adjournment of an exceptionally tense, high-stakes session looms, the DFLers who control the Minnesota House and Senate will try this week to mount a counteroffensive against the governor.
The proposal won House and Senate approval, but Pawlenty vowed to reject it quickly.
Republicans responded to the work-in-progress bill with harsh criticism.
Most Minnesotans would offer up the wallets of richer folks to help solve the state's budget woes. The poll also found that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's approval rating is lower than it has ever been.
The Shoreview businessman, noting a tough political climate for Republicans across the U.S., said, "Sometimes, maybe it's best for the cause to have a fresh face out there."
The vote follows a bitter, long debate. A similar measure is in the House, but Gov. Pawlenty has vowed he'll veto any tax increase.
The Minneapolis DFLer's car was totaled by a suspected drunken driver after a late-night session at the Capitol.
The former DFL House minority leader says he will run on issues of clean energy and job growth.
The plan from majority Democrats draws ire of Pawlenty aide, Senate DFL.
An election certificate is the key prize in the Minnesota Senate race -- but only if the governor signs it.
The campaign donations by the two Supreme Court members predated their appointment to the bench.
As the three-judge panel nears a decision, both sides are preparing for the next step.
As the financial pie shrinks, the Legislature's DFL majority is battling itself over what must be reduced.
Minnesota's controversial Sex Offender Program will run out of money next month unless a bill to cover a $16 million shortfall gets quick action in the state Senate.
With three proposals on the table, legislators and Gov. Pawlenty now can start negotiating.
The revenue-neutral plan would limit a variety of deductions and credits used by many Minnesota families and businesses.
The Senate plan also includes a 7% budget cut that slices nearly across the board. Reaction made for unusual allies.
With the $1.3 billion in federal help, the state still has a $4.57 billion spending gap for 2010-11.
"This is not a roller coaster we're on, it's a corkscrew or one of those crazy upside-down rides where everybody gets sick," said House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis.
As Gov. Pawlenty looks to cut budgets, the chief justice he appointed is playing hardball over the justice system's future.
That's what we -- and legislators -- asked Thursday of the people in St. Cloud.
Pawlenty's reaction is said to be cool, and legislators are baffled by proposal to repeal corporate tax.
It would put money into the state budget and, according to the White House, retain or create up to 66,000 jobs here.
Pawlenty warns that next month's economic forecast could show a deficit of $6 billion, or even $7 billion.
Many share Gov. Tim Pawlenty's dislike of business taxes, but his plan to halve them raises questions: Will jobs be created? How will we make up the lost money?
Pawlenty says state must do more than erase $4.8 billion deficit, but some will see a heavy cost.
The federal stimulus could provide a key infusion of cash as Minnesota lawmakers try to tackle the $4.8 billion deficit.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's State of the State address set the stage for a clash of wills with a heavily DFL-controlled Legislature.
When he gives his State of the State address, he will offer up a fiscally Spartan vision.
He asks Pawlenty, Ritchie to certify him as winner, but citing state law, they decline.
Local ballot counting in the Senate recount saved the state $2 million, but varying standards is a key argument in the court case.
How Gov. Tim Pawlenty stands up to the challenge of a $5.2 billion state budget deficit will largely shape his political future.
The governor's emergency budget cuts hit health care, local governments and higher education hard -- and more is to come.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty will cut money for cities and counties and for human services to make up for a $426 million short-term deficit.
Painful cuts and even a governmental overhaul are in the offing. Friday morning, Gov. Pawlenty and legislators will begin to take on the staggering deficit.
Today's two-year projection could be as high as $6 billion; "every spending program, every tax has to be on the table." The news will be delivered at an 11:15 a.m. press conference.
Even as the U.S. Senate race recount forged ahead, both sides are massing their troops in the next battle over piles of disputed ballots.
Some voters whose absentee ballots were rejected are stunned to find out what happened.
With about 18% of the vote recounted, Coleman still leads Franken -- but by only 174 votes. Franken's gain owed much to a swing of 23 votes in the Democratic stronghold of St. Louis County.
The Coleman and Franken campaigns traded shots Monday as counties completed the process of certifying their vote tallies and officials prepared to start recounting nearly 3 million ballots in the U.S. Senate race.
The DFLer hopes to force counties across the state to turn over the lists of rejected absentee voters who, if later found eligible, could tip the balance in the closest Senate race in the country.
Local officials will be working in the 87 counties under the scrutiny of top lawyers brought in by candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken.
The secretary of state appointed four judges to certify Senate election and rule on any disputes; the recount starts Wednesday.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed what he called the "mother lode of tax breaks" to companies that create so-called green jobs in the burgeoning field of renewable energy.
As Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken was cut to 221 votes, charges flew as fast as the tally changed.
Sen. Norm Coleman's lead over challenger Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race narrowed even more, guaranteeing a recount that could stretch well into next month.
Republicans take some solace in blocking a veto-proof state House majority, while the Obama triumph should give Minnesota more influence in the new Congress.
With 100 percent of the 4,130 precincts reporting, Sen. Norm Coleman had an unofficial margin of several hundred votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Challenger Al Franken said this morning he would exercise his right to a recount.
Franken, Coleman and Barkley blasted one another as audience members cheered, booed, hissed and even catcalled.
Norm Coleman accused Al Franken of being connected to a suit involving his wife. Franken denied it.
Voters who cross party lines on the same ballot could hold the key to a race's outcome.
The St. Cloud State survey has the White House race tight and the Senate incumbent moving ahead of Franken.
Vandals struck the garages and homes of six Minnesota members of Congress, spray-painting graffiti that called for them to resign and included a biblical reference to "Psalm 2."
From comedian to candidate. From satire to public policy. It's a difficult leap, but Al Franken is determined to make it.
He says that during the financial crisis, instead of adding to the "negativity," politics should "lift people up with hope." His opponents expressed skepticism.
Dean Barkley got in some of the hardest shots of the night, Norm Coleman defended his six-year career in the Senate and Al Franken linked Coleman's votes to campaign donations.
Al Franken's wife talks about her alcoholism in an ad that seeks to humanize him and counter the GOP image of Franken as too ill-tempered to serve in the Senate.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken had harsh words for the economic rescue bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night, calling it a "sacrifice at the altar of financial mismanagement" and a "terrible end to a terrible presidency."