There is no doubt the election is over: Democrat Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor elect, and Republican Tim Pawlenty, who holds the office until Jan. 3, sounded like old pals Thursday after they met privately and before Pawlenty and his wife showed Dayton and his sons around the governor's residence.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota lawmakers ended their work for the year Monday. Some bills were signed into law, others await action by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and those that did not make the cut this year could be considered in the 2010 legislative session.
ST. PAUL – The 2009 Minnesota Legislature will be remembered as the un-session.
Unruly: As midnight arrived Monday, Republican senators were shouting to be recognized and called the end of the session a shame and a disgrace.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota legislators met almost 19 weeks with one overriding goal: Balance the state budget. They left the Capitol for the year Monday night and left Gov. Tim Pawlenty to finish that job.
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota legislative session could come to a smooth end if the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican governor could agree on a way to raise $1 billion.
There is no sign that is about to happen.
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