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Gov. Tim Pawlenty tugs at his suit lapels Friday to make a point as he bids farewell to Minnesota Republicans. He spoke at the Minnesota GOP convention before delegates began their governor endorsement process. He is leaving office after two terms. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

GOP Convention Notebook: Pawlenty bids farewell to party faithful

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty said good-bye Friday to Minnesota Republicans in his last speech to his party's convention, saying that that he is the first governor in three decades to drop Minnesota out of the 10 biggest taxing states.

That comment brought one of the biggest cheers of the day from 2,000 delegates and guests at the Minnesota Republican convention in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

"We have reduced state government spending in real terms," Pawlenty said.

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Don Davis
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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