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ST. PAUL—Tim Pawlenty served as Minnesota governor from 2003 to 2011, a period that included, well, a lot. And how easy it is to forget. Now that's he wants to be governor again, here's a review of some of the major issues he faced or accomplished during his tenure, from the onset of the Great Recession to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Post-Ventura hangover
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his recent decision that could force potentially thousands of Liberians living here to leave the country. On Tuesday, March 27, Trump decided not to renew special protections afforded to Liberians that have allowed them to legally live in the United States for decades. Trump's decision gives the affected people — estimated somewhere between 900 and 4,000 — until March 31, 2019.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota House Republicans want to spend $50 million to help make schools safer from violence. The plan, announced Thursday, March 29, significantly overlaps with a $21 million proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, suggesting that agreement is possible — on measures that don't include gun control. $50M GOP plan The Republicans' plan draws from an assemblage of proposals working their way through the Legislature that include physical security as well as mental health, threat assessment and suicide prevention.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's simmering civil war of game fish — muskies vs. walleyes — has flared up at the state Capitol. In response to a yearslong state effort to expand muskie stocking, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a sweeping bill that would turn back the clock on recent victories for muskie fishing enthusiasts.
ST. PAUL—On Tuesday, March 20, leaders in Minnesota's Muslim community marshaled supporters and allies at the state Capitol to push their agenda. Like many groups with concerns, Muslim leaders have organized "Muslim Day" for years. Tuesday's event featured speeches and a rally in the Rotunda before dozens of supporters fanned out to buttonhole lawmakers to press their issues. Supporters also included members of ISAIAH, a politically active coalition of religious organizations often associated with liberal causes.
ST. PAUL—Amazon HQ2 won't be in Minnesota. But not for a lack of trying. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Seattle-based online retail behemoth publicly announced it wanted to build a 50,000 employee second corporate headquarters in a major North American city and would entertain pitches. The deadline: Oct. 19. And everyone went nuts. Here and around the continent.
ST. PAUL—A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it illegal to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under 21 in Minnesota. The current age is 18. The proposal by a group of House members would also cover nicotine products like e-cigarettes. Why would we change? The harder you make it for people under 21 to buy nicotine, the fewer people will get sick and die, supporters say.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on people who falsely claim their pets are true service dogs. They have the support of many who rely on highly trained service dogs and say they're increasingly seeing the accommodation abused by owners of dogs of all sorts, from accessory-cute to vicious. "This was brought to me by a lady who had to have her service dog put down after being attacked by a fake service dog," said Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, who is pushing the bill in the House.
ST. PAUL—The general says she's being hamstrung in her mission. On Tuesday, March 6, Minnesota National Guard Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne — the newly appointed commissioner for the state's IT department, said delays by the Republican-led Legislature are prohibiting her from doing what she was hired to do: fix Minnesota's beleaguered computer system for vehicle registration and titles.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension so that people can still board domestic airplanes with regular driver's licenses after Oct. 10. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Reps. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, asked Gov. Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID, a new, higher-security identification regimen.