The Legislature gets back to work today after a weeklong Easter/Passover break.
One issue that they won't have to worry about is short-term borrowing to pay the bills. Gov. Pawlenty's top finance official says the state won't have to do it over the short term.
One other item expected to be addressed is a constitutional amendment that would change how judges are elected.
Lawmakers are eyeing a bill that would allow closed-door advisory sessions.
The U of M president wants state lawmakers to place higher education at the top of the priority list.
President Obama limits when the U.S. would use nuclear weapons.
The feds fine Toyota $16 million.
Justice John Paul Stevens says he "will surely retire" while President Obama is in office.
Is DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar a contender for the U.S. Supreme Court?
She says no.
Race for Governor
AP says the Tea Party has been slow to take off in Minnesota.
The DFL African American Caucus is backing Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is raising money off of the Sarah Palin's Wednesday visit.
WCCO checks Bachmann on health care.
The RNC's Chief of Staff quit.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
It's a virtual presidential parade in Minnesota this week. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney will be in the state for separate events.
Mark Halperin says Pawlenty has significant hurdles ahead of him.
Romney predicts there will be ten GOP 2012 candidates for the White House.
Democrat Tarryl Clark's campaign for Congress reports raising $505,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The campaign also reports that it raised a total of $1.1 million for her campaign. I'm checking to see how much Clark has left in the bank.
Clark, who won the DFL endorsement for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District, will face Stillwater Physician Maureen Reed in the DFL primary. The winner will face GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in November.
Seifert, one of two frontrunners in the GOP race, appeared at a Taxpayers League of Minnesota news conference today to sign a pledge that he will not support tax increases. Standing in front of the cameras, Seifert put his signature on an oversized pledge card. But he actually signed the pledge privately about a month ago.
Seifert said most people he meets on the campaign trail tell him they feel they are overtaxed.
"There's no equivocation," Seifert said. "There's no question mark for people as they go forward in the election process (about) what they're going to get, not only with my candidacy, but should I be elected, what they will get with an administration."
Seifert's chief rival for the endorsement, state Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, did not sign the pledge.
Phil Krinkie, president of the taxpayers league, said Emmer told him he was leaving his options open. Krinkie insisted his non-profit, non-partisan organization was not endorsing Seifert or any other candidate.