Robert Whereatt

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Tim Pawlenty’s ups and downs

By Robert Whereatt | Friday, Aug. 29, 2008
John McCain’s decision to pass up Tim Pawlenty as his running mate is a political disappointment for the governor. There have been other lows in his political career — but many more highs.

Smokers beware: another new law

Come Friday, if you light up and stink up a non-smoking room in a hotel or motel it could cost you a lot more than the price of a pack of cigarettes or a cigar. Read more …
By Robert Whereatt

Arne Carlson’s view of last session: no big deal

The former governor offers a dissenting view to all the praise for the last legislative session. Besides the transportation package and a few other exceptions, the session was unremarkable and an exercise in butt-protecting politics, Carlson says.

What if Molnau became governor?

If Tim Pawlenty is the next vice president of the United States, a significant if, then Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau is the next governor of Minnesota, a constitutional certainty. Read more… By Robert Whereatt 

Medical marijuana: A politically risky vote?

Legislation that would allow the medical use of marijuana by chronically and terminally ill patients was sent to the Minnesota House floor Wednesday, setting up a prolonged floor debate and a politically sensitive vote in the final weeks of the legi

Filed your state tax return early? Check for errors

By Robert Whereatt | Friday, April 4, 2008
Some Minnesota taxpayers who filed their state income tax returns early may be in for a surprise: a few of their deductions are no longer deductible.

Next gas-tax hot potato: Votes at county boards

By Robert Whereatt | Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When Minnesota House and Senate members overrode the governor’s veto of the transportation funding bill, they put 19 metropolitan-area county commissioners in the political cross hairs.