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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Minnesota's budget shortfall is the result of the national and international "economic collapse" affecting nearly all states' budgets. (Scott Wente/Minn. State Capitol Bureau)

Column: Pawlenty wins smackdown

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ST. PAUL -- Watching the 2010 session from the cheap seats was more like watching the legislative version of the World Wrestle Entertainment "Smackdown" event. Of course, there's one major difference: Jesse Ventura, Minnesota's professional-wrestler-turned-governor, has moved on.

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