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Wrath Of Kahn Comes By Letter That Was Never Meant To Be Public

Kahn's Letter
Letter From Phyllis Kahn

February 7, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

Pawlenty Tells Legislature - I Will Protect My Power!

Pawlenty
Photo By Minnesota Capitol News

February 5, 2009
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) sent a message to DFL Legislators today by way of a written letter. Pawlenty wants the Law Makers to know that he's ready to fight to keep his unallotment power. He writes in the letter that, "it is my intent to aggressively protect this ability on behalf of future governors and the people of Minnesota."

Highlights Of The First Day Of The Legislative Session

FirstBigDay

February 4, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

9:30 A.M. - DFL Leadership Press Conference

DFL Legislative Leaders hold a press conference to announce they would introduce a capital investment bill designed to jump start Minnesota's job market. Legislators highlighted the following:

1. Higher Ed funding - $322 million
2. Transportation and Transit - $158 million
3. Economic Development - $126 million
4. Clean Water and Wastewater - $60 million
5. Create 10,000 to 20,000 private sector jobs.

Rally At Capitol Greets Returning Law Makers With Plea To Save General Assistance Medical Care

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Minnesota Capitol News Photo

By Marty Owings
February 4, 2010
State Capitol

Thao Charges Racism And Politics Were Motivation In Finance Boards Investigation

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Photo Minnesota Capitol News

State Capitol
Thursday February 4th, 2010
By Marty Owings

Thao guilty of campaign finance misdeeds (update)

Caucus2010
State Rep. Cy Thao In Happier Times

State Capitol - February 3, 2010
By Tanner Curl

DFL state Rep. Cy Thao's has some explaining to do. Today, the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board fined the St. Paul legislator $3,000 and ordered him to repay the state $1,721 in public subsidies. The investigation was initiated after Nathan Haase filed a complaint in October 2009. Thao paid his family $2,000 in 2008 to rent a campaign office that he apparently never used. Additionally, the CFB determined Thao grossly overpaid friends and neighbors for lawn sign distribution. In 2008, the legislator also paid for the design of campaign literature that was never printed.

Read excerpts from the report after the jump.

Minnesota Caucus Results Bring Surprises And A Few Twists

Caucus2010

February 2, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

With close to 75% of the precincts reporting in Minnesota, it looks like at least one Candidate may have surprised his competitors. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is leading with 20.88% in the DFL. Rybak who started his campaign late, because of his Mayoral race, has made up lot's of ground on front-runner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and others. Rybak's strong showing will bring more focus on he and Kelliher from their competition in the campaign.

Emmer Dials Down Caucus Expectations

February 2, 2010
State Capitol
By Tanner Curl

Republican Rep. Tom Emmer's gubernatorial candidate sent out an e-mail this afternoon lowering expectations for tonight's straw poll results.

Check out an excerpt after the jump.

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