Wide-open field for governor in 2010

  • Article by: PATRICIA LOPEZ , PLOPEZ@STARTRIBUNE.COM
  • Updated: June 6, 2009 - 11:15 PM

Now that Tim Pawlenty has said he won't seek a third term, here's info to help you through the dust kicked up by all the people stepping in.

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jstanthrnbrJun. 6, 09 5:27 PM

I'll follow up in a minute

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minnmom01Jun. 6, 09 5:37 PM

That obviously means that people and corporations who have the bucks make the donations and influence the candidates. A democracy of those have money is not much of a democracy.

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minnmom01Jun. 6, 09 5:38 PM

Every vote should be important. But the votes of those who can contribute big bucks are obviously more important than the votes of people who can give $10.

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sfccarrierJun. 6, 09 5:55 PM

For a guy who says he doesn't have plans to become a presidential candidate, Gov. Tim Pawlenty sure acted like one here Friday. Pawlenty gave a rousing speech to the College Republican National Committee convention Friday night, a group that could serve him well in the future. "If he wants to run for president, getting to know young Republicans is important. They're the people who will be running and working in the campaigns," said Andrew Curley, a St. Johns University senior from Sioux Falls, S.D. The College Republican speech to 170 delegates capped a day of political appearances and networking opportunities for Pawlenty that could boost his national profile. He started the day with a breakfast address to the moderate Republicans of the Ripon Society. He gave a luncheon talk to members of the Republican National Lawyers Association. And he was the guest of honor at a happy hour at the downtown restaurant, Gemini, that was put on by a small group of GOP operatives, former aides to Sen. John McCain, Capitol Hill staffers and Republican operatives — including a few who could end up working for or against him should he run for president. In between speeches he managed to find time for an interview with CBS' Bob Schieffer. Minnesota is in Tim's rearview mirror.

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jstanthrnbrJun. 6, 09 5:57 PM

It took 30 minutes to start the Pawlenty bashing. That actually did suprise me.

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mbaughnJun. 6, 09 6:00 PM

Because "we're running out of rich people!"

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rodshoberJun. 6, 09 6:06 PM

that the red star immediately begins touting the dems first. It is so unlike them. after all, we need more dems so the switchover to complete socialism will be complete. another 20-30 czars and the federal level will have completed their part.

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mnmiseryJun. 6, 09 6:07 PM

The DFLr's have destroyed this state and make it one of the least desirable to live in.

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donm251Jun. 6, 09 6:07 PM

That way, by January 2011, we can have a governor.

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mnhusker4Jun. 6, 09 6:12 PM

Just imagine how many changes will take place between now and Nov 2010. Every day, more and more people are catching on to what Obama and the democrats are trying to do. I believe Rahm Imanuel said that they are going to try to get a bunch of bills passed right away. The reason for this is because they know that they won't be allowed to pass all these bills when the approval ratings are down. If MN elects a democrat for governor, expect MSP to become just like Detroit.

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