Tim Pawlenty

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    March 9, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty thinks he's a Southern preacher [UPDATE]

    wikiLost in translation?​Tim Pawlenty appears to have lost his compass bearings while he gears up for an announcement about his White House dreams in a few weeks. As he dashes around the country courting the GOP base, he's drawling more and more like Jimmy Swaggart, not the son of a St. Paul ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Keith Ellison accuses Tim Pawlenty of drinking "the Kool-Aid"

    Keith Ellison: T-Paw's a phoney.​Who is Tim Pawlenty? Recent polls suggest that few Republicans know or care when it comes to the 2012 presidential race. And a lot of Minnesotans are scratching their heads as he moves further and further to the right to court tea partiers. Now comes Rep. Keit ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Obama thrashes Pawlenty in NBC-Wall Street Journal poll

    What does T-Paw have to do to get noticed?​Fancy campaign videos can only get a guy so far. If the presidential election were held today, Barack Obama would beat Tim Pawlenty in a landslide, 50-31 percent, according to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. T-Paw would likely ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Pawlenty will run for president or get off the pot in two weeks [UPDATE]

    It's make-your-mind-up time.​Tim Pawlenty says he will decide once and for all in the next two or three weeks whether he'll make a 2012 run for the White House. After three epic campaign commercials, a national book tour, frequent-flyer excursions to New Hampshire and Iowa, and incessant sucking ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty Episode III: Revenge of the Tea Party [VIDEO]

    VisionquestT-Paw releases the trailer for his third movie, and this time it's personal.​With their third installment, T-Paw's media shop is really getting the hang of these widescreen campaign ads movie trailers, with their sweeping landscapes, pumping fists and fluttering flags. Next up, Ep ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty second in Arizona tea party poll

    Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party hero​All his threats about pushing gays back into the closet, shutting down the federal government, busting unions, and insulting the president seem to finally be paying off for Tim Pawlenty. He keynoted a steeped-in-tea confab over the weekend in Arizona c ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty also-rans in Gallup poll

    Running for president? Whatever.​Tim Pawlenty has been on the road and in front of TV cameras incessantly to promote his book and his White House ambitions. Michele Bachmann happily feeds rumors that she wants to be president, too; she practically has an endowed chair at Fox News; and her attacks ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Pawlenty Reloaded: 2 Pawlenty 2 Furious

    Matt VisionquestMore movie magic from Mr. Minnesota.​Sequels are de rigueur for movies these days, so it should come as no surprise that Tim Pawlenty is back with another action-packed trailer.It was only a month ago that Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and likely future presidential candi ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Pawlenty chides Obama for not denouncing Libya violence that Obama already denounced

    Obama denounced Muammar al-Gaddafi last week.​Tim Pawlenty issued a scornful statement today condemning President Barack Obama for not denouncing the recent violent clampdown on anti-government protesters in Libya. Maybe T-Paw wasn't paying attention, running from one tea party to another, bu ... More >>

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    February 19, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty is National Review's cover boy

    Former Governor Hockey Puck?​National Review, the gold standard of conservative opinion magazines, features Tim Pawlenty on its March 7 cover -- in skates and a green T-Paw jersey. "Pawlenty's Shot: The former Minnesota governor is a strong contender" the 2012 Republican presidential nominati ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty at CPAC: Twitter highlights

    Tim Pawlenty can tweet and talk at the same time, right?​The joke about the late President Gerald Ford was that he couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time.The joke on Tim Pawlenty coming out of this year's CPAC conference is that he has somehow managed to tweet and talk at the same time.Epic m ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty jokes red-hot smokin' wife could end presidential ambitions

    Tim Pawlenty on "Today."​Tim Pawlenty told Meredith Viera on the Today show this morning to say that the only person standing in the way of his decision to run for the White House in 2012 would be Mary, his wife. After pointing out that the CPAC convention starting this morning in Washington, D.C ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty would rather defund the military than let gays in

    Sometimes being a hero means denying the American military the funding it needs to uphold the law.​The Don't Ask Don't Tell debate is over, but Tim Pawlenty seems to think that if he can revive it he might also be able to revive his so-far lifeless campaign to get Americans to remember his nam ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty: The Movie

    Forget the West Wing, T-Paw's going Hollywood

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    January 26, 2011

    Timdependence Day Trailer mashes up Pawlenty with ID4 [VIDEO]

    Photoshop by VisionQuestWe would have done Timdependence Day but we thought it was too obvious.​You can't say T-Paw didn't ask for this.After Pawlenty released his awesomely over-the-top action movie trailer, we couldn't help but imagine 10 Posters for Tim Pawlenty Action Movies--including Avapaw, ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty's new movie trailer is awesomely over-the-top [VIDEO]

    One man has the courage to make a blockbuster movie preview about himself.​The magic of Hollywood knows no limit. It can even make Tim Pawlenty seem like a compelling figure for 90 seconds. The erstwhile governor of Minnesota is on a book tour, or running for president, or something, but no one h ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty eighth in new GOP presidential poll

    Pawlenty appeared on "The Daily Show" last week.​Tim Pawlenty spent a week-long media blitz in support of his new book and presidential ambitions, chatting up everyone from Jon Stewart to Bryan Fischer. But it's hard to get the attention of the Republican base when you're facing off against a ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty would reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell if he could [VIDEO]

    Pawlenty wants military gays back in the closet.​If he's elected president, Tim Pawlenty says he would put military gay folk back in the closet by reinstating Don't Ask Don't Tell, putting himself at odds with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Pentagon brass and members of Congress who suppor ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty tells New York media we all need to debate nicely

    Tim Pawlenty dances with the New York media.​Tim Pawlenty, under the guise of a book tour, wanted to talk about his possible presidential aspirations yesterday in New York. The New York media needed a fresh face to fuel the debate about Sarah Palin's gun-happy political talk and Jared Loughne ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty vetoes Palin gun imagery on Good Morning America

    Pawlenty says guns and ammo talk isn't his style.​Tim Pawlenty is suddenly everywhere today, launching a national book tour as a way to stand out from the crowd of other possible Republican presidential contenders aiming at the White House in 2012. He may have hit on a formula: Vetoing Sarah ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton jettisons Tim Pawlenty's health insurance stands [UPDATE, VIDEO]

    Mark Dayton meets the press today.​Congress passed health care reform. But in Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said we couldn't have it. Today, making good on campaign promises, Mark Dayton said that we can. And his two executive orders can't be stopped by the new Republican-controlled Legisl ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty offers "Governor No" veto pen to Minnesota Historical Society

    Governor No smiles for the camera.​Tim Pawlenty has been known in St. Paul as Governor No for a while now. And he's proud of the title, and the 299 bills he vetoed while in office. So proud, in fact, that he's now turned over his "veto pen" -- a really, really over-sized pen designed for dra ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty busted by PolitiFact

    Tim Pawlenty gets caught with his pants on fire.​Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a play for some national attention last week by publishing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that claimed government employees were faring better in this crappy economy than those in the private sector.

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    December 10, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty has the courage to barf in his new memoir

    Tim Pawlenty: The Courage To Barf.​We always thought that Tim Pawlenty was a Walmart Republican. Turns out he's really a meat hook conservative unafraid to blow chow when the going gets rough.

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    December 8, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty: Tom Emmer was "realistic" about his recount chances

    All Pawlenty has to do now is decide whether or not to run for president.​A lot of Republicans were hoping against hope that the Dayton-Emmer recount process would eventually turn the tide in favor of their candidate. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today that Tom Emmer "was realistic" about his c ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Molester Daycare: Why did Pawlenty wait 13 days to shut it down?

    City PagesIt took 13 days after Jeremy Giefer's arrest for allegedly molesting his daughter for Pawlenty's administration to finally get around to shutting down his wife's childcare center.​The Pawlenty administration knew on November 17th that Jeremy Giefer was charged with raping his young daugh ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty who? New poll, familiar result

    Tales from the basement.​Maybe it's time for Tim Pawlenty to get his own TV reality show. Because what else is it going to take for him to eclipse the likes of Sarah Palin in GOP presidential contender polls? Maybe he can talk smokin' hot wife Mary into a Dancing With the Stars slot. She's g ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Pawlenty on sex criminal daycare pardon: "I am very troubled"

    Maybe if Governor Tim Pawlenty doesn't talk about Jeremy Giefer it will all just go away. But we doubt it.​Tim Pawlenty is in full ostrich mode.Tuesday we learned that Jeremy Giefer, the sex offender Pawlenty voted to pardon in 2008, has been allegedly raping his own daughter for the past nine yea ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Jeremy Giefer could be Tim Pawlenty's Willie Horton

    Blue Earth County Sheriff's Dept.Jeremy Giefer, once pardoned by the Governor, now faces 11 charges of criminal sexual conduct​When Jeremy Geifer was charged with 11 counts of sexual misconduct November 18th, Tim Pawlenty might have envisioned his presidential ambitions going up in smoke.Just over ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Ron Gardenhire Day helps us forget about Brad Childress

    Brad who?​Gov. Tim Pawlenty, lately given to smacking fly balls into right field, has finally done something we can all agree with. He named today Ron Gardenhire Day in honor of the Twins' AL Manager of the Year.

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    November 16, 2010

    Michele Bachmann likes earmarks. Just call them something else

    This woman wants a bridge.​Tim Pawlenty got away with not raising taxes by redefining a "tax" as a "user fee." Now Michele Bachmann supports a redefinition of earmarks she likes, because those earmarks aren't really earmarks. They're, well, something else.

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    November 15, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty spouts "bull" on healthcare, Dave Durenberger says

    Tim Pawlenty, health care expert.​Tim Pawlenty, sorta-kinda running for president maybe, has been working hard on his Fox News soundbites. "I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," he told the fair and balanced network last week ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Did Fox News just call Tim Pawlenty a wimp?

    Fox News thinks Tim Pawlenty is small fry.​Fox News news is up with a feature called "12 in 2012," a kind of working list made up of potential Republican challengers to President Barack Obama in the next general election. The good news for Tim Pawlenty is that he made the list. The bad news i ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty vows to run on repealing 'Obamacare'

    T-Paw says he'll decide on a presidential bid by early next year.​As his final term as Minnesota's governor winds down, Tim Pawlenty is upping the anti-Obama rhetoric. In an interview on CNN yesterday, Pawlenty bashed 'Obamacare' by bragging about how he commanded Minnesota to pass on federal ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Mark Dayton vs. Tom Emmer: Now what?

    Photo: WkipediaDayton vs. Emmer: Shades of 2008?​With all precincts reporting, here's where we stand: Democrat Mark Dayton has 919,238 votes compared to Republican Tom Emmer's 910,382 votes. That's 8,856 votes, or a 43.63-43.21 percent margin of victory. And it's within the one half of one pe ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty loves federal spending (on flood relief)

    Suddenly loving federal cash.​Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Southern Minnesota is floating away [UPDATE]

    Photo: Ruin RaiderIt's wet in Minneapolis. But it's wetter down south.​Update: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has activated the National Guard. Details after the jump. Update: An island in Wisconsin is now floating away. Video after the jump. We here in the Twin Cities are grousing about another day of r ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty scores 6 percent in 2012 presidential poll

    Tim Pawlenty? Who's that?​For all his national political posturing, Tim Pawlenty is still light years away from even being considered a serious contender in the 2012 presidential race. A new poll indicates only 6 percent of Republican voters nationally want Pawlenty to be their candidate.

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    August 31, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty doubles down on abstinence-only

    ​Tim Pawlenty has opted to take grant money from a federal law he wants repealed. The money is for programs dismissed by the state as ineffective. And he picked a grant that requires $379,000 in state matching funds, while the state is already drowning in red ink. What's going on here? S ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty hits near bottom in Iowa poll

    ​A new poll by an Iowa website that calls itself a place for news about Republicans, by Republicans, finds Tim Pawlenty so low in the standings of presidential hopefuls that, to go any lower, his popularity would have to be described in terms of fractions.

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    August 9, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty takes a stand against immigrant babies

    No more free ride, babies!​Tim Pawlenty's took another lurch toward the right wing over the weekend, as the Governor went on television to pick a fight with some infants.The likely presidential candidate told Bloomberg TV that he supports revoking the part of the constitution that guarantees citiz ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty goes nativist on English-only

    Love it or leave it, amigos!​Still lagging badly as a possible presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty is now making a strong pitch for the xenophobe vote. At a news conference yesterday, Pawlenty hinted that the state should consider making English its official language.

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    July 30, 2010

    PolitiFact calls Tim Pawlenty's "undertaxed" talk false

    PolitiFact challenges T-Paw​Yesterday we drew attention to a column by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, quoting Tim Pawlenty at a meeting with Beltway journalists: "I don't think the argument can be credibly made that the United States of America is undertaxed compared to our competitors." ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty again trails badly in a New Hampshire poll

    ​Tim Pawlenty has been making the media rounds, giving speeches and spreading campaign cash in the Granite State, but New Hampshire Republicans just don't seem to care when it comes to his potential race for the White House. He finds just 3 percent support there in a new Public Policy Polling ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty's political fundraising trounced by Mitt Romney

    Can T-Paw bring in enough dough to be anything more than just another ex-governor?​Tim Pawlenty's Political Action Committee, Freedom First is reporting today that it raised $723,501 in the second quarter of this year, raising its yearly total to about $1.3 million.It sounds like a lot of mone ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Washington Post rates Tim Pawlenty a "most influential" Republican

    T-Paw recently raised cash and his profile in Tennessee​He dropped one position, from 4th to 5th, but Tim Pawlenty is still ranked by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 most influential Republicans. And among GOPers jockeying for 2012, the Post says he and Mitt Romney lead the pack, "dol ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty opens PACs in New Hampshire and Iowa just in case

    ​Just because he's launched political action committees in two key states in the presidential race -- Iowa and New Hampshire -- doesn't mean that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is actually setting his sites on the White House in 2012. No no no. Just thinking ahead, ya know? "We filed these committees no ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty booked for "Daily Show" slot

    ​Minnesotans got over it a long time ago, but Tim Pawlenty keeps reminding us he's breaking up with us, that he's moving on, that he's got a whole nation to woo.Of course, before he can woo the country, our home-grown presidential hopeful has to overcome the problem that nobody knows who he is.

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    May 26, 2010

    Margaret Anderson Kelliher: The fight for Minnesota governor

    MAK faces her toughest test yet, but could make history

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