Smoking ban headed to Senate floor A bill that would ban smoking in Minnesota bars and restaurants passed through another Senate panel Monday. It now goes to the full Senate -- stripped of an amendment that would allow bars to install air filtering systems instead of banning smoking.11:06 a.m.
Kathy Sheran: State senator, DFL-Mankato. Sheran is the Senate author of the smoking ban bill.
Schmoozing tips from the "Governator" "How come Republicans and Democrats out here don't schmooze with each other?" Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., asked in a speech Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. The journalists in the audience had plenty of questions for the action-star-turned-politician, too.12:06 p.m.