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Session 2005

Session 2005: All Stories

Democrats say Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been using his weekly radio program to promote his national ambitions, which they say is a misuse of Minnesota airwaves. (11/20/2009)
Rallies took place all over the country on Sunday to mark the 33rd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion. (01/23/2006)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty tried to jump-start talks for a Twins ballpark Wednesday, meeting over lunch with Twins president Jerry Bell and Hennepin County Commissioners Mike Opat and Randy Johnson. It didn't work. (01/11/2006)
Unprecedented growth in the number of sex offenders confined to secure treatment facilities prompted Gov. Tim Pawlenty to include a $44.6 million expansion of the Moose Lake facility in his bonding recommendations Tuesday. (01/10/2006)
The Department of Natural Resources unveiled a plan that increase waterfowl habitat. Environmentalists they also say there's a lot to be done before the state can add more acres of wetlands and grasslands. (01/06/2006)
Supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota are going to have a tougher time getting the measure on the ballot next November. They've lost two critical votes in the Minnesota Senate in recent special elections. (12/28/2005)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has announced a series of legislative proposals to help Minnesotans guard against identity theft. (12/21/2005)
After four years of gloomy state budget forecasts, the sun broke through the clouds for Minnesota on Wednesday, with state finance officials predicting a $701 million surplus. What should the state do with the extra money? ( 11/30/2005)
Gov. Pawlenty and top lawmakers emerged from a meeting Thursday with a single item of consensus -- they'd like to help the University of Minnesota Gophers football team build a new stadium. The leaders will see if their caucuses support a second special session to deal with the issue, and the governor will rule by the middle of next week on whether to call the Legislature back to St. Paul. ( 10/07/2005)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is still non-committal about whether or not he'll call a second special session this Fall, but he's leaving the option open. If there is to be another session, the governor wants legislative leaders to agree to an agenda ahead of time, and on Tuesday he offered them a menu of possible items to consider. ( 09/28/2005)
It's Minnesota Public Radio Day at the Minnesota State Fair, and that means Gov. Tim Pawlenty takes to the stage at Carousel Park to answer questions from his constitutents. ( 09/02/2005)
A Minnesota law that takes effect Monday requires doctors who perform abortions to offer anesthesia for late-term fetuses. Minnesota is the second state to enact the requirement, following Arkansas. (07/31/2005)
Minnesota's largest public employee unions reached tentative contracts with state negotiators early Friday morning. The deal needs to be ratified by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5. State Human Relations Commissioner Cal Ludeman told MPR's Cathy Wurzer he is pleased with the settlement. (07/29/2005)
On July 21, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sullivan assessed the 2005 Legislative session from his party's perspective on Midday. A week later, the DFL has its say. ( 07/28/2005)
Public schools in Minnesota are getting a long-awaited boost in state funding to better serve exceptionally bright students. (07/26/2005)

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Video from the Capitol

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Audio Highlights

Audio Rep. Dan Dorman
The size of Pawlenty's bonding proposal (1/4/05)

Audio Rep. Barb Sykora and Sen. Steve Kelley
Education (1/4/05)

Audio Sen. Steve Murphy
Transportation issues (1/4/05)

Audio Rep. Fran Bradley
Health care initiatives (1/4/05)

Audio Sen. Larry Pogemiller
Funding issues (1/4/05)

Audio Rep. Jim Knoblach and Sen. Dick Cohen
The budget and human services (1/4/05)

Audio Rep. Andy Westerberg
Prospects for new stadiums (1/4/05)

Audio Sen. Michele Bachmann
Same-sex legislation (1/4/05)