Minnesota Shutdown: Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann Put National Spotlight on State Battle

The shutdown of Minnesota's government reverberates beyond the North Star State to include the Republican presidential primary because two of the GOP's top candidates hail from the state. One of the candidates, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, oversaw a shutdown of the state government six years ago. Pawlenty was at the helm in 2005 when the state came to a grinding halt for 10 days because of a spending impasse. The other candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, solidified her standing as Tea Party...Full Story
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