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Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Thursday that he will sign all legislative-passed budget bills, with some things removed, and make cuts on his own to balance the state budget. The move sent shock waves through the Capitol. Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie is on the left.

Pawlenty expected to rule out third term


ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to announce there will be no third term in his future, numerous Minnesota and national political sources say.

While sources would not confirm Pawlenty's decision on the record, many media reports indicate the state's 39th governor will step down after two terms. No Minnesota governor has served three four-year terms.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.