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's campaign paid for most of a flight on a state airplane flight to Bemidji and International Falls last year that took the governor and a campaign aide to two campaign events and one official meeting, his office reported on Monday. The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a conservative group, raised the travel subject Monday when it said it learned a top political aide traveled with the governor.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans buying insurance online through the state's new Web site have more time to purchase health insurance. New MNsure Chief Executive Officer Scott Leitz said today that the new deadline will be Dec. 31, which will give insurance buyers a chance to get policies the day before they become effective.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic archbishop today removed himself temporarily from public ministry after he was accused of inappropriately touching a boy in 2009. The archdiocese said it learned of the allegations against Archbishop John Nienstedt last weekend. Nienstedt said he asked that the St. Paul police be informed. He is accused of putting his hand on the boy's buttocks.
ST. PAUL -- The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief.
ST. PAUL -- Politics made him do it. In essence, that is the reason Gov. Mark Dayton gave for putting the brakes on further sex offender releases. “We are facing this decision together,” the Democratic governor said, while blasting House Republicans for not going along with plans earlier this year to change the sex offender release process.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton today temporarily slammed the door on releasing anyone from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, although a judicial panel will continue its consideration of releasing three offenders. Dayton ordered Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to stop consideration of further releases until he and the Legislature can update state law next year.
By Don Davis Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- A preliminary report shows local governments plan to increase property taxes next year.
ST. PAUL -- Payday loan companies need more state regulation to keep poor Minnesotans out of a “debt trap,” the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition says. “The vast majority of payday borrowers are caught in a trap with the first loan,” the group’s executive director, Brian Rusche, said Tuesday, urging state leaders to pass a regulation law next year.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota officials asked students and others on campus to take shelter this afternoon after an attempted armed robbery.
ST. PAUL -- The Minneapolis-St. Paul Catholic archbishop promises “major changes” in how his diocese deals with priests accused of sex abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt’s comments Monday came after revelation that a Minnesota priest working on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation in the 1970s sexually abused boys. The church did not tell law enforcement authorities about the incidents and paid the priest extra when he agreed to retire early in 2003.