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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

Governor Pawlenty's Final State Of The State Address Finds A Divided Legislature - Text and Audio

State Of The State Address 2010
February 11, 2010 - State Capitol
By Marty Owings

First Hmong American House Member, State Rep. Cy Thao Expected To Announce He Won't Seek Re-election!

Cy Thao
State Rep. Cy Thao

February 10, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

State Representative Cy Thao (DFL) is expected to announce within days that he will not seek re-election in Saint Paul's 65A district. Thao has served in the Legislature for the past eight years and is Chair of the Licensing Division committee and sits on a number of other committees including the Health Care and Human Service Finance Division and Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight committee.

Pawlenty Sends a Not-So-Valentine to DFLers

State Capitol - February 10, 2010
By Tanner Curl

The debate over this year's bonding bill continues in St. Paul. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has expressed his displeasure with the size and scope of the bonding bill taking shape in the Legislature. Pawlenty's concerns were laid out in a letter to the Capital Investment committee chairs, DFLers Sen. Keith Langseth and Rep. Alice Hausman. As he has done since January, the governor raised the specter of the v-bomb, threatening both line-item and full vetoes.

Read excerpts from the letter after the jump.

Bonding Bill Or Jobs Bill? Depends On Who You Ask!

Bonding Bill
February 9, 2010
State Capitol
By Marty Owings

The Minnesota Senate passed a $1 billion bonding bill today, touted by DFL Law Makers as a "jobs bill" and although 9 of 21 Senate Republicans voted to pass the bill, most disagreed that it was a "jobs bill". Senate Republican Geoff Michel called it, "a political bill, it's a stunt, it's borrowing and spending". During the Senate debate over the bill, Sen. David Hann (R) made it a point to ask several times, "Where are the jobs?".

Marty flirts with the Green Party (Update)

KFAI Governors Forum
State Capitol - February 9, 2010
By Tanner Curl

Following last week's precinct caucuses, some of the political chatter focused on state Sen. John Marty's somewhat better-than-expected 4th-place finish with 10% in the DFL straw poll. But I was even more surprised with Marty's other total from the night: 37% of the vote in the Green Party straw poll. That's right...Green Party. For some context, Marty garnered 43 out of 117 votes at the Green caucuses and finished 2nd to "None of the Above."

More on the impact of a Marty Green Party run after the jump.

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