STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER DFL, GOP weigh in
There has been no shortage of political spin coming from the campaigns of Al Franken and Norm Coleman and their national supporters, but today the state political party leaders weighed in on the unres... Posted on 4/9/09 at 11:31 AM
Norm Coleman is not running for governor, but he has advice for those who are: travel Minnesota. As U.S. senator, Coleman tried to do just that as often as possible. Many politicians see the “L” of southern and western Minnesota as especially important because residents there can swing back and forth between political parties.
Many predict that the Minnesota governor candidates in the Legislature, including House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher who more than anyone can affect the tone of the session, will want to get out early and hit the campaign trail. On the other hand, some Capitol insiders claim that the candidates will feel they can get more free publicity by filibustering at the Legislature, so the crowded race actually could prolong the session.
A Star Tribune Minnesota Poll published Sunday found that support for President Barack Obama has slipped in the state, though he still has the backing of a slim majority. Overall, 51 percent of respondents approved of Obama’s performance, compared with 62 percent in the last Minnesota Poll in April. He fared even worse on health care, with just 39 percent saying they approved of his handling of the issue, as Congress works on a package of reforms.
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