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 -- Republicans who essentially set the agenda for a special legislative session said Wednesday that it was more important to repay schools than to overturn a new tax affecting farmers. So a Sept. 9 Minnesota Legislature special session will only deal with funding disaster recovery, leaving intact a tax that began July 1 on farm implement repairs.
ST. PAUL -- Farmers will have to wait to see if legislators will overturn a new tax they pay. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton this morning could not agree...
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton talked for days about the need to hold a special session to help communities recover from late-June floods and storms,...
One of Washington's influential lobbying organizations soon will have a stronger Minnesota leaning with the promotion of a Detroit Lakes native.
ST. PAUL -- The Dayton administration predicts Minnesotans' property tax bills will fall next year. Maybe so, maybe not.
An organization opposed to wolf hunting launched a petition drive Wednesday in hopes of killing this year's season.
The Minnesota House Republican leader says he wants to make sure that overturning a tax on farm implement repair is done in the open, unlike when lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton approved the tax in May.
The agency building a new Vikings football stadium has delayed signing paperwork with the team and hired investigators to look into finances of team owners after a New Jersey judge harshly criticized the owners.
ST. PAUL -- More than 100 same-sex couples across Minnesota married soon after it became legal Thursday, setting off celebrations big and small, while others protested gay marriage and said the fight will continue. Two conservative groups announced hours after gay marriage became legal that they are launching an initiative to defeat legislators who in May voted to overturn a same-sex marriage ban. Also, four members of a controversial Kansas church engaged in a sign and song battle with about 100 gay marriage advocates on the state Capitol steps.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's largest public employee union is moving ahead with plans to organize child care providers who receive state subsidies after a federal judge tossed out a pair of lawsuits seeking to stop the work. But officials of AFSCME Council 5 have no prediction about when it could hold an election to authorize child care workers joining the union. "Right now we are busy visiting with 12,700 child care providers," AFSCME spokeswoman Jennifer Munt said Monday. "That will take some time."