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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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.
ST. PAUL -- The Libertarian Party presidential candidate opposes a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. "While different faiths may choose not to perform or recognize same-sex marriage, the government has no business deciding who should be allowed to marry," said Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor who spent part of his youth in Minot, N.D. Johnson said that as a former governor he strongly favors states' rights, but "the states have no right to discriminate.
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican state senators today filed paperwork alleging Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has misled Minnesotans about a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photographic identification. Sens.
ST. PAUL -- Many around the Capitol don't quite understand why temperatures are dipping into the 30s: It can't be fall already. With the July government shutdown and now the increasingly frantic stadium debate, this has been a strange and busy non-election year. "This is the busiest I have ever been between sessions," Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon smiled all 12,800 feet down from an Army airplane Tuesday, becoming the first state executive to parachute onto the Capitol mall. "It is a magnificent view," she said after her feet were firmly planted on the ground. The 66-year-old Duluth woman continued her smiling as she was peppered with questions, saying that she would jump from an airplane again "now that I know what it is like." Prettner Solon made her first skydive, in tandem with Amy Sgt.
ST. PAUL -- A group of military veterans and family members plans to fight a proposal to define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution that effectively bans gay marriages. Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt of Rosemount, whose gay son died in Afghanistan last year, joined Tuesday in announcing the formation of Veterans United. "He died for the men and women who were on the road that day and he died for the Constitution," Wilfahrt said of his son, Cpl.