Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Democrats claim Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut $2.7 billion from the state budget is illegal. Democratic legislative leaders Thursday told the Republican governor's commissioners that Pawlenty is overstepping his legal authority in balancing the budget by himself. "There is some shaky legal ground to do some of the changes you are doing," House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, said to Pawlenty's representatives. He called it abuse of state law. "This whole process just doesn't pass the smell test," Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, said.
Most, but not all, politicians reacting to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment plans Tuesday did not like what they saw: "In just under an hour today, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Minnesota's largest-ever budget cut Tuesday, reducing state aid to local governments, lowering health-care funding, trimming state college budgets and, in general, shrinking the size of state government. Pawlenty's cuts equal nearly $736 million, which along with a $1.8 billion delay in state payments to schools make up most of the $2.7 billion he needed to balance the state budget. Lawmakers a month ago passed, and Pawlenty signed, a budget that would have spent almost $33 billion in the next two years.
ST. PAUL - Today is when Gov.
ST. PAUL -- There's a whole lot of thinking going on. Republicans across Minnesota are weighing the pros and cons of jumping into the governor's race now that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has bowed out. Two western Minnesota state representatives -- Marty Seifert of Marshall and Morrie Lanning of Moorhead -- on Wednesday said they are thinking about it. Seifert said he is strongly considering it; Lanning was a bit less certain. They are the first of what is bound to be many possible GOP candidates in what promises to be a wild and expensive governor's race.
ST. PAUL - Rep. Marty Seifert steps to the microphone late this morning in what many expect to be the first of many announcements related to Republican governor campaigns. Seifert plans to step down as House Republican leader. It is likely that the Marshall lawmaker will tell reporters that he is exploring a gubernatorial bid, although he could formally announce his candidacy. More announcements are expected as nearly 20 Republicans are thinking about jumping into the race now that Gov.
ST. PAUL - Tim Pawlenty rules out another run for Minnesota governor, but keeps the door open for offices such as the presidency. "I still have lots of energy and ideas," Pawlenty said to a packed Tuesday news conference. "But being governor should not be a permanent position for someone.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be around for a third term, but today promised to remain active as the state's chief executive. "This is not a wake," the 48-year-old governor said in announcing he would step down after his second four-year term ends early in 2011. Pawlenty said he has not thought about what his next political step may be, although Republicans across the country like him as a potential presidential contender. "I still have lots of energy and ideas," Pawlenty said to a packed news conference. "But being governor should not be a permanent position for someone.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to announce there will be no third term in his future, numerous Minnesota and national political sources say. While sources would not confirm Pawlenty's decision on the record, many media reports indicate the state's 39th governor will step down after two terms.
ST. PAUL - Five Minnesota Supreme Court justices must decide whether thousands of greater Minnesota voters' absentee ballots were unfairly rejected in the 2008 U.S. Senate race. Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys Monday told the justices that laws were not evenly applied, and actions in larger counties such as St. Louis, Ramsey and Hennepin tilted last Nov. 4's U.S. Senate election in favor of Democrat Al Franken. Those Democratic-heavy counties "are the counties that relaxed the standards and let the votes in," Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg said after a Monday high court hearing.