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Governor's radio show has DFLers tuning up their anger

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Friday radio show can continue for months before federal rules require stations to give challengers equal time.

The federal agency that regulates radio stations says the equal-time provision does not kick in until a candidate's name is certified for the ballot, which in Minnesota will occur July 20.

And Democrats running in the primary election would not be eligible for equal time until after the Sept. 12 vote, according to Mark Berlin, a Federal Communications Commission attorney.

Some governor candidates, especially in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, are getting more irritated by the week that the Republican incumbent has free airtime while they don't. DFL candidate Kelly Doran's attorneys are demanding equal time from the originating radio station.

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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.