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Candidate Joe Repya Exits Gov's Race with some Parting Shots at the IP

February 22, 2010
Minnesota State Capitol - By Marty Owings

Independence Party Candidate Joe Repya announced on his website Sunday that he was ending his campaign for Governor. Repya states on his website that, "In short, it has become clear to me that, much like the DFL and GOP parties in this state, the IPM fails to stand by its own rules and principles."

I contacted Repya for more details on his decision.

According to Repya, the trouble started last night at a IP Executive Committee meeting when there were several motions being made around a rule change that would have given each IP Candidate access to the coveted party delegate list. He says since he was the only Candidate in the IP who pledged he would abide by the endorsement process, he wasn't happy with the move. Repya says, "They made a rule change driven by one Candidate and I didn't think that was right". Repya wouldn't say who the "one Candidate" was.

General Assistance Medical Care - Politics, Principle and the Poor - Video and Audio

Here is video of the DFL House Leadership who held a meeting to discuss their reaction to Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of the bill.

More video and audio on this issue below. Click "Read More"

February 19, 2010

State Is Broke But Need Is High - What Would Minnesotans Do?

Minnesota Is Broke

February 18, 2010
State Capitol - By Marty Owings

This session, perhaps more than any since the Great Depression, has Law Makers facing huge budget deficits, high unemployment, a poor economic outlook and potential cuts that will impact tens of thousands of Minnesotans. This crisis should not be put into a neat little box of politically expedient sound bites, in spite of the frequency in which it is done. Calling the problem a "Democrat" or "Republican" issue might be tempting, but the issues are far deeper than that and so is what's at stake.

Seifert Picks Anoka Co Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah for Lt Gov

State Capitol - February 18, 2010
By Tanner Curl

State Rep. Marty Seifert has selected Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah to be his running mate in his campaign to be Minnesota's chief executive. During Sivarajah's seven-year term as an Anoka County Commissioner, she has earned a reputation for her unceasing support of conservative policies. The announcement was somewhat of a surprise, with most of the speculation surrounding state. Rep. Joyce Peppin.

Read more about this story and Seifert's announcement e-mail after the jump.

Hann Puts the Kibosh on 2010 Gov Bid

Senator David Hann
State Capitol - February 16, 2010
By Tanner Curl

The AP reports state Sen. David Hann has dropped his bid for the Republican gubernatorial endorsement. He cited a poor caucus night showing -- 5% in the statewide GOP straw poll -- as the reason for his exit. Hann will now focus his energies on winning at third term to the Minnesota Senate from SD42, which includes parts of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka.

Bonding Bill Debate On House Floor Ends In Controversy Leaving Some Angry And Wondering Why - Full Audio Highlights

February 15, 2010 - State Capitol
By Marty Owings

The debate over the $1.2 billion dollar bonding bill got heated toward the end of tonight's house floor session as the Democratic majority moved to end debate after several hours. House Republicans complained that they weren't given enough time to debate the bill properly and that the voices of their constituents were being ignored. The bill was passed by lawmakers and there were several areas of bi-partisan agreement earlier in the evening.

Seifert Gets Angry

Governor Pawlenty's Budget Cuts $700 Billion And Gets Strong Reaction - Audio and Video Highlights

Here are the highlights of the Press Conference:

February 15, 2010 -

NOTE: Corrections to this article include a modified total to the budget cuts from $1.2 bil to $700 mil, which more accurately reflects the actual reductions and takes into account the reliance on Federal Medicaid funding.

Republican Marty Seifert Finishes On Top Of Minnesota Capitol News Governors Poll

February 14, 2010 - Minnesota State Capitol
By Marty Owings

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