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 - Most people agree U.S. Sen.
Laws and constitutions vary from state to state, former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer recently pointed out while interviewing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on a radio talk show. They were discussing some of Pawlenty's vetoes, which came after he told lawmakers in writing he would reject the bills. Schafer sounded a bit envious when he told Pawlenty that in North Dakota, it is illegal to threaten a veto.
Democratic challengers for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat may be getting most of the political attention these days, but the incumbent is trying to be visible, too. Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, recently launched a new Web site -- www.ColemanforSenate.com . In a letter to supporters, Coleman introduced the Web site and asked for donations.
Two Minnesota congressmen want to make it easier for individuals and small groups to receive wind energy tax incentives. Democratic U.S. Reps.
ST. PAUL - Every year there either is a special Minnesota legislative session or lots of talk about the need for one. So far, this year has been the latter. Cities largely have been in the forefront of the talk, saying they need state aid that was contained in a vetoed bill. They want lawmakers and the governor to agree on a new measure that would help them. Republican Gov.
A Thursday story about the University of Minnesota budget left a mistaken impression about a tuition agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin. It should have read: If no new deal is reached between the two states, under a University of Minnesota plan, Wisconsin students would pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota students, not the lower rates Wisconsin students now pay to attend the Minnesota school. The new tuition would be phased in so it would apply only to new students, not Wisconsin students now attending the University of Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Parents complained about a tuition agreement with Wisconsin and hourly workers said they are underpaid, but for the most part a Wednesday University of Minnesota meeting featured the best reception any school budget has received in more than a decade. President Bob Bruininks credited the Legislature and governor for providing more money.
ST. PAUL - Two books that tell Minnesotans more about their state than they ever knew are available - and for free. The secretary of state's office introduced the new Minnesota Legislative Manual, better known as the Blue Book, and its student edition version.
ST. PAUL - Rural Minnesota will lose money due to a lack of a significant transportation funding bill this year, Alexandria's mayor says. "The shift in resources from rural to metro that has been evidenced over the past few years will accelerate without the influx of funds promised in the transportation bill," Mayor Dan Ness wrote on behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. "That bill provided revenue to fix highways, streets and roads throughout the state.