Pawlenty Announces He’s Running for Governor

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced he is running for governor, “attempting a restoration after eight years out of office that saw his DFL successor move the state in a more progressive direction at odds with Pawlenty’s tenure,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“His entry shakes up the open governor’s race, scrambling a GOP field thus far plagued by a lack of enthusiasm from activists and financial donors. Gov. Mark Dayton is not running after his two terms, and the DFL field to replace him is also still unsettled.”

Pawlenty Is Raising Money for Governor’s Race

Tim Pawlenty (R) is fundraising toward a now-likely campaign for Minnesota governor, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

“Pawlenty has yet to announce a formal campaign for the office, which won’t have an incumbent on November’s ballot. But all signs point to a campaign, including his decision to leave a high-paid Washington D.C. job lobbying for financial services companies.”

Dayton Collapses During State of the State Address

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) “slurred his words and fainted briefly near the end of a 45-minute State of the State speech Monday night at the Capitol,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“Several people nearby, including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, caught him as he lurched forward, struck his forehead on the lectern and then sank toward the floor in the House chambers in St. Paul.”