Molnau snubs old boss Pawlenty, endorses Johnson
ST. PAUL— Former Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau has endorsed a Republican running for governor, but it’s not the man she was elected with twice.
Molnau endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson on Friday. She served from 2003 to 2011 as the second-in-command to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is also running for his old job.
Molnau says she considers Johnson “the most electable Republican” running. Asked if she thought Pawlenty shouldn’t get the job again, she said: “I just haven’t thought about Mr. Pawlenty at all.”
It’s a campaign jab at the former two-term governor who formally entered the race last month. Pawlenty campaign spokesman Sam Winter says Pawlenty appreciates Molnau and wishes her well.
Johnson says Molnau will work with his campaign on agricultural issues and on the campaign trail.
Dayton threatens to veto bill to repeal wild rice standard
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton has warned lawmakers he’ll veto a bill to nullify the state’s wild rice water quality standard if it reaches his desk without changes.
The governor said in a letter Thursday he recognizes it’s not technically or economically feasible for the mining industry or municipalities to comply with the existing standard, which limits discharges of sulfates into waters where wild rice grows to 10 milligrams per liter.
But he says the bill as written is an “extreme approach that removes important protections for wild rice, conflicts with federal law and guarantees ongoing litigation.”
The bill has cleared a conference committee and is headed back to the House and Senate for final votes. It’s supported by mining backers