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Special session or Favre decision
May 12, 2009 - Per Peterson
What do you think has the better chance of taking place: a decision is made on whether or not Brett Favre becomes a Viking, or the Minnesota Legislature avoids going into special session? At this time, it’s a toss-up, although it looks more and more likely that the leaders and lawmakers of our great state are destined to put in some overtime this year. Shocker. There are six days left in the session and top legislators from both parties are ready to sit down with Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a private meeting for a face-to-face for the first time in two weeks. Pawlenty invited the leaders to his office today. The current budget runs out June 30 and a special session will likely be needed to keep state programs running past that date. You can roll your eyes all you want, but we all should’ve seen this one coming. Special sessions are nothing new to the state of Minnesota, and Pawlenty and the Democrats who control the Legislature are still far apart on how to close a more-than-$4 billion deficit. As for Favre, well that’s anybody’s guess. The cool thing is the news that broke Monday about the Vikings’ stance on the future Hall of Famer broke right here in Marshall. If you watch ESPN or the NFL Network, you could hear the analysts say “in Marshall, Minnesota.” Not that it was earth-shattering news, considering everyone pretty much knows the Vikings are interested, but this was the first time that a spokesman for the ownership of the team, President Mark Wilf, publicly addressed the situation. And he did it in our own backyard, not in Eden Prairie or at an owner’s meeting somewhere. Pretty cool. So there are your choices … oh wait, add another: Avoiding a special session, Favre becomes a Viking/stays retired, or Franken wins Senate seat. The one sure thing is we won't know the answer to any of these questions anytime this week. Politics and sports … what would we do without them?
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