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One last piece of bipartisanship, before all heck breaks loose

Posted at 11:04 AM on May 16, 2007 by Bob Collins

A group -- a bipartisan group as near as I can tell -- filed a bill today to form a "Compensation Council," which would come up with salaries and settle issues that legislators are setting now.

Glaring in their absence were the names of the three most vocal -- at least on the floor -- Republicans this session -- Marty Seifer, Mark Buesgens, and Paul Kohls.

See the bill

Which reminds me. Whatever happened to those recommendations that task force came up with last year?

Tidbits: Our pal, Julia, is putting together a ballot for folks to fill out for session awards. Look for that tomorrow. If I had a vote, and I don't -- but I do have an opinion -- Sen. Dave Senjem would get my vote for the legislator who surprised me most this year. He's represented his party well, he seems like a nice guy, he's not into name calling, and he has that "leadership" you expect from... well... your father (keep in mind, this is my opinon). Today he might've singlehandedly broken the logjam, proposing to Larry Pogemiller that they recess the Senate session, go get Speaker Kelliher, and go have a talk with the governor.

As Pogemiller said, "I wish I'd thought of that." Seriously? Nobody thought of going down and having a chat with the governor before Senjem?

Apparently, since Gov. Pawlenty didn't know some actual leadership had broken out in St. Paul, he flamed the DFL and Pogemiller after signing the smoking ban today. Whoops. Never mind, eh guv'nor?

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(11:31 am) Gov Pawlenty signed the smoking ban bill today. That 50 points to several lawmakers, including Steve Dille, has put Bemidji back in the lead in the Gold League... by 14 points. But Frank Moe's name is on a lot of bills heading for passage.