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  •  Hmmm (2+ / 0-)
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    Errol, ssundstoel

    ...a 50 percent score or less indicates replacement may be in order.

    The I-35W bridge was rated at 50 percent. The rating data was provided to the Star Tribune by the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting.

    The inventory data also summarize the bridge's status as "structurally deficient."

    But

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday night that the bridge was inspected in 2005 and 2006, and that no structural deficiencies were identified.

    Is Pawlenty a real person or a paper cutout? Where has he been?

    •  Hell to pay (3+ / 0-)
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      ssundstoel, count, bearswife

      count, great work.

      Based upon what you've written, the Gov. is in the worse kind of trouble.  I'm not sure if he or his staff was aware how easily available information about the bridge was, but his CYA remarks last night are going to come back to haunt him.

      I'm guessing that this will be all over the news by the end of the day, and I for one do not have a clue how they are going to deal with this.

      I'm guessing that part of the reason the RNC decided to put the convention in St. Paul was to show case the Gov., who is apparently something of a rising star in the GOP.  Or at least he was until yesterday.

      This is most tragic for the people who died and their families, but I'm guessing that once the dust clears, Pawlenty's career will die with them.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 03:25:56 AM PDT

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      •  I had that same thought about the convention (1+ / 0-)
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        bearswife

        and the Gov.

        Or maybe Senator Coleman? Haven't heard him speak about this yet.

        •  I had forgotten about Coleman (1+ / 0-)
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          count

          This isn't going to be good for him either.

          "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

          by mbayrob on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 03:45:41 AM PDT

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