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.
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.