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Tony O comes to the Capitol

Now that baseball season is here and spring has sprung, perhaps there’s a chance to spread a little goodwill among legislators at the Capitol this session. That surely was the idea as state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, D-Minneapolis, brought Senate File 599 to the House floor this afternoon. The piece of legislation is actually a resolution “urging the President and Congress to end trade, financial, and travel restrictions to Cuba.”
And with that, Kahn introduced a distinguished Cuban, former Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva. In a stunning display of bi-artisanship and cooperation, Oliva, who was in the chamber, received a standing O from lawmakers. A brief debate about who the United States should and shouldn’t be doing business with — surely out of the purview of most legislative business — dampened things a bit. Then SF 599 passed the House 86 to 9.

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