Pawlenty faces new challenges in his 2nd term Rather than a record deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty will begin his second term with a projected surplus. But the governor will also have to deal with strong DFL majorities in both houses of the Legislature.11:06 a.m.
Sen. Coleman: Republicans lost on Iraq, ethics and governance Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., says the Republicans can't blame their recent losses on the historical difficulties parties in power face during midterm elections. In a conversation with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Monday, Coleman said Republicans "got beat because of ethics, got beat because of Iraq and got beat because we didn't govern."12:06 p.m.
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