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Political Notes: Judge improvises during state shutdown

July 15, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Judge Kathleen Gearin accepted a tough task, deciding what state programs would be funded during a state government shutdown, and she tackled it with an openness seldom seen in the often-mysterious court system.
“We’re making this up as we go along,” she said while hearing arguments about whether road construction projects should continue. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Budget deal up to legislative leaders, Dayton

July 8, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Back in 2005, when Minnesota faced a smaller government shutdown than it is enduring today, individual legislators tried to find a solution to budget problems.
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Political Notes: Government shutdown is no surprise

July 1, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL No Minnesotan should be surprised that state government is closed.
The topic even arose in last year’s governor debates, of course with all candidates saying they did not support a shutdown. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Mixing politics, social media comes with risks

June 17, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Twitter and other social media are becoming intertwined with politics.
Two situations illustrated that in the past week, and showed the connection can be politically dangerous. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Legislator believes lack of action could kill children

May 27, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Rep. Larry Howes was furious as seconds ticked away toward the 2011 Minnesota Legislature’s adjournment deadline. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Home stretch of legislative session begins without answers

April 28, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL The most-heard comment around the Minnesota Capitol these days is: “I don’t see how we get there.”
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Political Notes: Budget numbers still up in the air

April 15, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL The biggest Minnesota budget dispute may not be about whether to raise taxes or even how much to spend, but about the fundamental numbers used to build budgets. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Dayton compares bonding with flood needs

April 1, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Gov. Mark Dayton puts the need for Minnesota to fund public works projects up there with flood fighting. Continue Reading

Political Notes: New Minnesota budget ideas – sell trees

March 25, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Minnesota should sell walnut trees to help the state’s budget, a state legislator suggests. Continue Reading

Political Notes: Republicans believe Dayton will not sign budget bills

March 18, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Republican state budget plans will become clear in the coming week, although no one expects the governor to agree. Continue Reading