Gov. Pawlenty delivers his 7th State of the State address today. The Pi Press says no details are expected on the budget. The Star Tribune says there will be cuts in every corner. This is a reminder that MPR will provide live coverage of the speech at noon today.
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Posted at 12:16 PM on January 15, 2009
by Molly Bloom
We've posted the full text of Gov. Pawlenty's speech on our website.
Posted at 3:41 PM on January 15, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty delivered his seventh State of the State address today in St. Paul. You can listen to the audio here:
Here is the response from DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and DFL Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark:
Posted at 7:37 PM on January 15, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Republican Norm Coleman made an appearance on a conservative radio show today. I can't find the entire interview (it's a paid subscriber site) but a spokeswoman for the MN GOP directed me to three audio clips (via YouTube) from the Michael Medved show.
Here's what the audio clips say:
Senator Coleman: "Paraphrasing Mark Twain, you know, reports of my defeat are greatly exaggerated. I was 700 votes ahead the night of the election, about 400 votes when the recount started, 225 votes, I think 200 something votes at the beginning of the recount and I think that at the end of the recount Al Franken has a 225 vote lead. However, there were a couple of major areas where the canvassing board and our supreme court said 'we can't decide this stuff. You need to do this in a contested case."
Senator Coleman: "I think a basic American principle, Michael, is, we, this election is not over until we make sure some votes have not counted twice."
Senator Coleman: "We firmly believe that when everything is counted fairly and uniformly, we believe that we will be where we were on Election Night and that is me being ahead."