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Pappas calls Thune's remarks 'inappropriate'

St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune — who represents downtown, and thus, is a host, of sorts, for the Sept. 1-4 Republican National Convention — is catching flak for some remarks about a proposal to extend bar hours to 4 a.m. during the convention.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday that Thune said: "...I've got 8,000 people living downtown who don't want a bunch of puking Republican lobbyists on the streets at four in the morning."

That brought an apology in the Minnesota Senate Thursday from state Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, who called Thune's remarks "inappropriate."

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