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 -- State leaders are shooting for a special legislative session in late August, but they must wait until federal officials decide what aid they will provide after last month's northeastern Minnesota flooding. Gov. Mark Dayton hosted the four legislative leaders Wednesday afternoon, emerging from the private meeting saying they agreed the session would be limited to disaster assistance.
ST. PAUL -- Supporters of a constitutional amendment proposal to ban gay marriage are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to reject a rewritten title that voters will see when they vote on the proposal Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The first Minnesota reaction to today's U.S. Supreme Court health care act ruling came from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chairman, who used it to seek donations. "Victory" is how DFL leader Ken Martin headlined an email to party members seeking contributions to protect the law that Republicans dub "Obamacare." On a 5-4 vote, the court upheld the entire Affordable Care Act, as it is officially known.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans a couple of weeks ago held a spirited, and sometimes raucous, convention to pick their U.S. Senate candidate. Democrats meet in Rochester Saturday in what is expected to be a quiet event. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders expect such a quiet event that they joke they will bring in dancing bears to liven things up. "There is not a lot of controversy," DFL Chairman Ken Martin said, not a common situation for his party. The party plans to endorse U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar for a second six-year term beginning at noon Saturday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Their party faces a $1.3 million debt, ideological differences and lingering questions about a sex scandal, and Republicans leaving their state convention Saturday both acknowledged the problems and kept their chins up. "We don't really have a lot of unity within the party," convention delegate Ken Zylstra of Worthington said. "They would just as soon shoot each other down," the long-time Republican and first-time convention delegate said of the party's factions. On the other hand, freshman U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gather in St. Cloud Friday morning, with the official main event picking a candidate to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. But the main undercurrent may be how Ron Paul supporters do at the Friday and Saturday state convention. How strong presidential candidate Paul is among delegates likely will affect the Senate race. Estimates of the number of Minnesota Paul delegates range from a third to nearly a half of the 2,000-some Republicans at the River's Edge Convention Center. "Ron Paul is a big factor in this race," Minnesota U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Morrie Lanning summed up a stadium bill signing in three words: "We did it." That pretty much was the attitude of a couple hundred cheering Minnesotans, many wearing Vikings' purple, in the Capitol rotunda today as Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings are close to a new stadium after the House early today approved a construction plan 71-60. Representatives debated the stadium bill an hour and 50 minutes after day-long negotiations produced a compromise bill after the House and Senate passed differing versions. Soon after passing the stadium bill, the House adjourned for the year before 4 a.m. today. Senators expect to take up the bill later today before adjourning until 2013. If they pass it, Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill.