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Pawlenty: English official state language?

There are 8 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 4, 2010, titled Pawlenty: English official state language?. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, speeding toward the end of his final term, said next year's crop of lawmakers should consider making English the state's official language.

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Oh yeah

Delano, MN

#1 Aug 4, 2010
The one good thing T-Paw will have done for us.
TPawTnuts

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Aug 4, 2010
Ya, leave it to the pandering Pawlenty to make a comment like this. Does anyone care what TPaw has to say?
Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Aug 4, 2010
He needs to call Sarah everyday to see what he should say today.

Since: Jun 09

Olathe, KS

#5 Aug 4, 2010
Well, most of the arguments on the Lino Lakes ordinance were on the lines that Lino Lakes hadn't actually yet spent any money on translation. That cannot be said for the state, when we know for a fact driver license tests, requests for public assistance, are translated into many languages, along with websites. Also, the translation needs to be redone when documents are updated. I know when my company had some things translated it was about $100 per hour, per translator, per language. Please, someone who has access to these actual numbers post. I think people will be unpleasantly surprised, especially know that not learning the language is essentially a choice.
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 4, 2010
The article clearly states that Pawlenty never gave this issue priority during the last eight years.

Which leads me to believe that he's making the comment now solely to appeal to right wing voters outside of Minnesota as he continues his bid for the Presidency.
Lewis Sinclair

Burnsville, MN

#7 Aug 4, 2010
Does he mean English or that weird Minnesotan hillbilly dialect that passes for English around here?
O Toole

Boise, ID

#8 Aug 4, 2010
Lewis Sinclair wrote:
Does he mean English or that weird Minnesotan hillbilly dialect that passes for English around here?
If you would get the dick outta there we could understand you better.

Since: Aug 10

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Aug 4, 2010
I guess it's his way of supporting Emmer. American politicians generally are completely ignoring our treaty with Mexico, called the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848). It defined the border, and it also set up a special relation between Mexico and the U.S., one which guaranteed that the Mexicans could retain the character of Mexicans (including speaking Spanish). That's different than the Swedes and Norwegians. You can see excerpts from this Treaty, along with my 5-point proposal for federal legislation on the Mexico-U.S. border at www.stevecarlsonforcongress2010.com

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