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Live Blog at GOP Events Announced

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The next two forums sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance have been announced in their "Connecting with Government" series - both with officeholders from the Republican Party:

Senator Norm Coleman
May 14, 2007
Time: TBD
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

Congressman Jim Ramstad
May 30, 2007
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

Smart Politics will be blogging live from these and all forthcoming candidate events at the Humphrey Institute.

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