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.
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ST. PAUL -- A battle about whether to define marriage as only between a man and woman produced the most expensive Minnesota constitutional amendment campaign ever, but regardless of the outcome nothing will change soon. As voters entered polling places Tuesday, it appeared the question would be close and Minnesotans would be in for a long wait to see how it came out. The battle has been brewing for years, with a May 2011 state Legislature vote to put the proposal on the ballot signaling the real start of the most extensive ballot question campaign in state history.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats are launching what they call the most ambitious get-out-the-vote campaign ever, including sending around the state a tour bus featuring gigantic photos of President Barack Obama, Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton told a crowd gathered to hear former President Bill Clinton that each one of them is needed to elect Democrats on Tuesday because races are so close. Then, upon further thought, he added that U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar does not fall into that "close" category. Indeed, polls show Klobuchar with a massive lead. "Kurt Bills' poll numbers show him with the second lowest support of any GOP U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The wife of Minnesota's Republican U.S. Senate candidate asked voters to vote, even as a new poll put her husband far behind. "Whatever you believe, I encourage you to respectfully fight for principles, be informed about the candidates and issues, and exercise your right to vote," Cindy Bills wrote in a letter to the editor. "It's the best way your voice can be heard." A Star Tribune poll released Tuesday indicated that few Minnesotans are hearing Kurt Bills' message as he challenges U.S. Sen.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former President Bill Clinton rallied the Democratic faithful today on behalf of President Barack Obama, and the campaign used events in Minneapolis and Duluth to snare volunteers for the last week of campaign season. "I think Barack Obama has taken good care of this country," Clinton told a packed University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus rally during a 38-minute speech. Clinton is the highest-level Obama speaker expected in Minnesota as the campaign nears an end.
ST. PAUL -- Former President Bill Clinton plans campaign stops in Minnesota Tuesday after appearing in Fargo, N.D., tonight. President Barack Obama's campaign said details about Clinton's visit would be released later, but he is expected to be in the Twin Cities and Duluth. There also were unconfirmed reports that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney or his running mate, Paul Ryan, would stop in Minnesota this week.
ST. PAUL -- Kurt Bills' first television commercial of his U.S. Senate campaign attacks Sen. Amy Klobuchar with allegations she says are false. The 30-second commercial claims that as Hennepin County attorney, Klobuchar ignored evidence against Tom Petters, who later was prosecuted in a scheme to bilk investors. "He ran one of the biggest ponzi schemes in history ...
ST. PAUL -- Debate about a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Minnesota voters to show photographic identification intensified Wednesday. Among the disputes, the two sides of the question appearing on the Nov.