Gov. Pawlenty appeared on New Hampshire radio station WGIR this morning and called for greater limits on federal spending. During his interview, Pawlenty said federal spending has gotten out of control and wants to see a federal constitutional amendment imposed to rein it in.
"One of the things that I think we should do is ask for a federal constitutional amendment for a balanced budget with the exception for war, natural disasters and emergencies, we have to give the president line-item veto authority and we need to reward politicians who are willing to say no instead of rewarding politicians who are willing to say yes"
Pawlenty is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser tonight in New Hampshire - fueling speculation that he's running for president in 2012. Pawlenty hasn't ruled out such a run.
The recession could help Minnesota keep a congressional seat.
A new study shows Minnesota gets benefits from major league teams.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty met Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings owner Zygy Wilf.
The governor also called a special election Jan. 26 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of state Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna.
State agriculture officials are holding listening sessions.
Medical marijuana debate heats up in Wisconsin.
President Obama wants a Senate vote on health care before Christmas.
Minnesota Senators Franken and Klobuchar were upbeat after a health care meeting with the president.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke against the health care bill at a Tuesday rally.
Congressman Tim Walz has questions about the troop buildup in Afghanistan.
The education department's inspector general responds to Congressman John Kline's request for a review.
President Obama likes home insulation, a lot.
Education Minnesota has endorsed Tarryl Clark for Congress in the 6th district.
Congressman Collin Peterson says speculation that he's retiring is wrong.
The legal ramifications of House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher's recent gubernatorial campaign misstep are unclear.
Rep. Tom Emmer has added to his gubernatorial campaign leadership team.
The DFL Veterans Caucus is backing R.T. Rybak for governor.
A new study finds age matters when running for governor in Minnesota.
Pawlenty wants limits on federal spending.
The Sarah Palin tomato incident in Minnesota prompted grocery precautions in Utah.
Posted at 2:56 PM on December 16, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Campaign 2010
A state employee union is working against a longtime DFL legislator after he opposed a $1 billion tax bill.
AFSCME Council 5 announced its support today for Winona City Council member Debbie White, a Democrat, in her bid to unseat Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona. Pelowski, who's serving his 12th term, was one of two DFLers in the Minnesota House who voted against overriding Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the tax bill. He did not seek an AFSCME endorsement.
Rep. Gene Pelowski has sent us his response to the endorsing event:
For the record I was not invited to the AFSCME endorsing event on November 30th at 3pm at WSU which I found out about for the first time today. I was told today that three people attended this event and that the AFSCME lobbyist from St. Paul told them that I stated I did not want to attend. This is not true! I knew nothing of the event! My home or office has no record of being contacted. Since this took place before White announced she was running it is even more curious.
For the record I met with AFSCME the first week of September and went over the events of this session. I have voted for tax increases in the past that were signed into law by the governor. I stated before session, during session and after session that if the tax increase was real I would vote for it. But it is a disservice to the state not to face the real issue of the short fall and deal with it rather than pass fake tax bills to Governor Pawlenty to veto.
During a speech to GOP activists in New Hampshire, Governor Pawlenty criticized federal spending, the health care bill being debated in Congress and President Obama's failure to deliver bipartisan agreement on key issues.
Pawlenty called federal government spending a "Ponzi scheme," said the Democrat's version of the "Live Free or Die" motto would be "grow government and stagnate" and called the health care bill a monstrosity.
Here's the speech: Listen
Meanwhile, Democrats are criticizing Pawlenty for leaving Minnesota again. The DFL Party released a statement saying Pawlenty should end the charade and say he's running for president.
DNC spokesman Frank Benenati says Pawlenty should be focusing less on New Hampshire and more on Minnesota:
"I think Tim Pawlenty should care less about his 1.2 percent name recognition nationwide and care more about $1.2 billion deficit in Minnesota."