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 -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to spend about $11 billion more in the next decade to improve the state's roads and bridges and boost transit.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans need to act as one, not allowing long-standing divisions come in the way of progress, Gov. Mark Dayton said this afternoon in his second and final inaugural address. "Someone always believes that someone else is getting a better deal," Dayton told about 400 in St. Paul's Landmark Center. "Those rivalries are not going to disappear. However, they cannot be permitted to blind us to the larger truth that we are all one Minnesota."
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials today announced two companies that will grow marijuana and process it into medicine. Production facilities will be in Cottage Grove and Otsego, the state Health Department said, with distribution facilities elsewhere in Minnesota. A law passed earlier this year allows patients to begin receiving medical cannabis, the official name of medical marijuana, for specific conditions in liquid, pill or vapor. Using the plant itself, including smoking, remains illegal.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had not yet announced his resignation today before U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's name came up as a possible replacement. The Minnesota Democrat was expected to face questions about the prospect this afternoon at an unrelated news conference. President Barack Obama was expected at 3:30 p.m. Central time to announce that Holder is leaving.
ST. PAUL -- Brad Woodard has some work to do. "We missed it by 2 inches," the Woodbury native said of the T-shaped landing zone in front of the Minnesota Capitol building and 4,000 feet below where his Navy Leapfrog parachute team bailed out of an airplane. The team will need to work on that, he said. "It is all about training."
ST. PAUL -- Well-financed Mike McFadden won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election, and is set to face U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the Nov. 4 election. The secretary of state's office reported that McFadden had 72 percent of the vote with three-fourths of the precincts counted. After being declared the winner, McFadden said Minnesotans are frustrated with the federal government.
ST. PAUL -- A Republican who grew up in greater Minnesota and now is a Hennepin County commissioner won the governor nomination Tuesday in his party's primary election. Jeff Johnson told supporters after winning that he has a tough race ahead of him because Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will be a good opponent.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should not need to wait in long lines at today's primary election. With a few exceptions where local races are exciting voters, low turnout is predicted despite two hotly contested statewide races.
ST. PAUL -- A split federal jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his case against the estate of an author who claimed they were in a bar fight. Attorneys from Ventura and the author's estate agreed to accept the 8-2 jury decision early this afternoon. Jurors on Monday told the judge they did not think they could reach a unanimous agreement. Ventura sued former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who claimed in his book "American Sniper" that he hit Ventura in a California bar.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis woman who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial struggles will share her thoughts with him when he visits the Twin Cities Thursday.