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McCain blames federal earmarks for I-35 bridge collapse

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Presidential candidate John McCain's blaming of federal earmarks as causing the Interstate 35W bridge to collapse in Minneapolis upset the Minnesota Senate's transportation chairman.


Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said he is troubled by McCain not understanding the importance of targeting money to projects with specific needs.

"Maybe the good senator should send the states a little more money," he said.

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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.