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 -- 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.
DULUTH -- Four years after his party denied Mark Dayton access to its state convention floor in Duluth, DFL delegates welcomed him to the same floor Saturday with a riotous celebration. “This is a great time to be a Democrat in Minnesota,” the first-term governor told a pumped-up crowd of 1,200 delegates in the old arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center after accepting their unanimous endorsement. “Aren’t you proud to be a DFLer? I sure am.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A Minnesota Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is commissioner in the state's largest county became the party's endorsed candidate for governor Saturday night. Jeff Johnson gained 1,386 votes to Marty Seifert's 118 after a controversial ending to the state party convention at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center. Next up for Johnson is facing three fellow Republicans in an Aug. 12 primary election. The winner goes against Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday signed into law a bill to allow the use of medical marijuana. Unlike many major bills, the signing was not held in public. Dayton released a statement: “I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for.”
ST. PAUL -- Angie Weaver shed tears, again. "This means the world to our family," the Hibbing mother said between tears of joy Thursday, hoping her daughter will be able to use marijuana extracts to ease up to 50 seizures she has a day. "This is going to help thousands of Minnesotans. ... My daughter is going to be able to stay in Minnesota and grow up with her cousins."
The Minnesota Senate will consider spending more than $1 billion on public works projects ranging from a water system to preparing new Vermillion State Park to fixing state college facilities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's minimum wage is about to rise. After the House passed 71-60 a higher minimum wage Thursday, it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it into law. "I think this is a great trade off, minimum wage for a better life for a great many people in this state," Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-St. Paul, said. Republicans said they agree higher wages are needed, but many did not like the bill that passed.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton put pen on paper 15 hours after final legislative approval of an anti-bullying bill, enacting a new law requiring schools to have bullying prevention policies and providing guidance about how they would be written. Dayton signed the bill late Wednesday afternoon in front of many legislators and dozens of the bill's other supporters. "Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about who they are," Dayton said.
ST. PAUL -- A bill written to prevent school bullying across Minnesota appears headed into law. Representatives early today approved a bill 69-63 to require school districts to establish rules against bullying, better train staff on the issue and provide guidance about what must be included in local policies.