With less than two weeks left as Minnesota governor, Pawlenty came out swinging Tuesday when asked about allegations he already has mentally moved on to the national political scene, leaving Minnesota behind.
Minnesota Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and Republican Senate leaders agree on the need to reduce the time it takes for businesses and farmers to get state permits, but differ on building a new Vikings football stadium.
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.
More than 84 percent of the 2.1 million Minnesota governor race ballots have been counted a second time, with Democrat Mark Dayton maintaining a lead far bigger than any Minnesota recount ever has overturned.
The Minnesota State Canvassing Board ordered a statewide recount in the governor's race Monday while trying to balance campaigns' rights to challenge local election decisions with limiting frivolous challenges.
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