-Today is the last full day of the MN Gubernatorial reign of Tim Pawlenty. While Governor Pawlenty was not necessarily a conservative in the mold of Reagan, I admired his leadership and pragmatism as his administration spanned years which were both favorable and unfavorable to Republicans. And the fact he had to endure Democrat control in both the House and Senate since 2006 really brought out his exemplary leadership, as he held true to his mantra of not raising taxes, despite Democrats' reflexive desires to do so.
When Mark Dayton is sworn in as our next Governor, this is where the stark differences will come to light. I find it very difficult to fathom that a Governor Dayton will be able to withstand the onslaught of fiscally responsible budget proposals brought forth by the GOP majority in the House and Senate. But it'll be an interesting spectacle nonetheless!
-The NFL's investigation into the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger saga from 2008 has come to a welcome conclusion. After an exhaustive probe into Favre, while a member of the New York Jets, allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to Sterger, the NFL found no forensic evidence of wrongdoing. However, Favre was still fined $50,000 for his "failure to cooperate" in the investigation.
Meanwhile, the New York Jets organization was fined $100,000 for the tripping incident involving Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. In a game against the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago, Alosi tripped Dolphins special teams player Nolan Carroll as he ran down the Jets sidelines during punt coverage.
So if we are to learn anything, if Favre had tripped Sterger rather than send her....uh..."junk mail", it would have cost him twice as much money.
-The New Orleans Saints will repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Yep, I said it!!