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GOP downsizes committee rosters, names chairs

Making good on what they called part of their core campaign message, Republican leadership at the Legislature on Tuesday rolled out a drastically scaled back committee roster for the upcoming legislative session. The committee reconfiguration reduced the total number of legislative panels from 61 to 40, and GOP leaders predicted the move could save as much as $800,000. And they followed it up just a day later by appointing chairs to lead the freshly reconstituted committees.

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Despite political climate, GOP party units struggle for cash

Across the nation and in Minnesota, Republicans have had the wind at their backs this year. A Gallup Poll this week announced the results of a survey of registered voters using a generic ballot and found that Republicans had a 10-percent lead over Democrats, which was the GOP's largest margin in the history of the poll's mid-term survey, which was first conducted in 1942.

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About face: Pawlenty & Medicaid

When Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his budget in February, the DFL-controlled Legislature scoffed. In the proposal, he relied on nearly $400 million in federal Medicaid stimulus dollars that had yet to be approved by Congress. DFL leaders said they would wait to finish their budget until they were certain that the money, meant to help states battered by the sluggish economy, was going to come through.

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