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 -- Legislators came to St. Paul last month with two orders from their constituents: Get things done and get along. They say they are accomplishing the former because they are doing the latter. "I think it is a different tone," said Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, R-Andover, one of the leaders of a get-along movement. Few would argue that a different tone was needed after a 2004 session that ended with little accomplished and a 2005 session that stretched an extra two months beyond the constitutional adjournment deadline, producing a partial state government shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- House Republicans want to mail tax rebate checks to more than 1 million Minnesotans, a plan Democrats call an election-year gimmick. Homeowners would receive checks worth 10 percent of their property tax bills, making the average check $205. They would arrive by Oct. 1, two weeks before most property tax payments are due.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Friday radio show can continue for months before federal rules require stations to give challengers equal time. The federal agency that regulates radio stations says the equal-time provision does not kick in until a candidate's name is certified for the ballot, which in Minnesota will occur July 20. And Democrats running in the primary election would not be eligible for equal time until after the Sept.
ST. PAUL -- Two quiet state representatives set lofty goal: Legislative peace in their time. A political chasm has grown so deep in recent years that most lawmakers admit they looked bad the last two years. In 2004, lawmakers left St. Paul with no major accomplishments. High-profile bills with broad support such as those getting tough on sex offenders and methamphetamine makers got lost in the political conflagration. Then last year, legislators and Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Erma Vizenor stood below a 100-year-old painting of an American Indian treaty signing, saying Friday's announcement of a deal with Minnesota leaders was like that depicted in the painting. "I stand before you today looking at a ... beautiful oil painting of our ancestors, strong good people always, always coming in good will with the welfare of their people within their hearts." said Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. "And today we have that spirit.