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Murphy: a new force in the House

If there’s anything to the notion that all politics is personal, then it’s not hard to see how Erin Murphy wound up in the Minnesota Legislature. Murphy, the DFL state representative from St. Paul, is a nurse by profession. She comes from what she describes as a “big Irish Catholic family” that lionized John F. Kennedy.

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House falls short of GAMC veto override

After two hours-plus of floor debate this afternoon, House Democrats failed to peel off a single Republican vote to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of General Assistance Medical Care legislation. House DFLers came up three votes shy of the two-thirds majority required to enact the bill without Pawlenty's signature.

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Overheard at the Capitol: GAMC a wedge issue for 2010?

Since the GOP night of the long knives that followed the transportation veto override in 2007, no House Republican has ventured outside the fold on any high-profile matter of taxing or spending. But a lot of legislative DFLers think the 2010 session and a looming election could change that equation.

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