Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Newspapers weigh-in on executive authority and executive proposal
Because of the amicus briefing filed by Minnesota House Democrats in support of a recent lawsuit challenging Governor Pawlenty's unallotment authority, the case has overwhelmingly been portrayed by pundits and bloggers as a political grudge match. While there is no denying the political intrigue involved, perhaps the larger and more neglected question is one of legality. Over the past few days, editorials in the Albert Lea Tribune and Bemidji Pioneer weigh-in on pursuing the answer to that question. Meanwhile, the Tribune also reprinted an editorial from the Grand Forks Herald taking the Governor to task for his proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a restrictive cap on state spending. Ditto for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.