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 - Raising taxes - even if only a little - during an economic crunch is hard. Supporters of an effort to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent to fund outdoors and arts programs faced a tough sell as they ended a decade-long effort that began as a funding mechanism for wildlife habitat improvements. Early results showed the amendment had the support of a majority of the ballots cast.
ST. PAUL - The presidential race ignited more interest in politics than any other time in recent years. Minnesota's U.S.
ST. PAUL - The Revenue Department says the average Minnesotan would pay more for a proposed sales tax increase than proponents claim. Paul Wilson, Revenue Department Tax Research Division director, estimates that the average added cost for Minnesotans ranging from single people to families would be $60 a year, about $8 more than the Vote Yes campaign says.
ST. PAUL - A comic book-like campaign piece with an obscene overtone supporting U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Attorneys general of 13 states and the federal government are suing to block a merger to form the country's biggest beef processor. At issue is the acquisition of National Beef Packing Co. by what already is the world's largest beef processor, JBS Beef of Brazil. "Preserving competition among beef processors is important for both consumers and farmers," Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Barack Obama visited Wisconsin and did not mention agriculture, despite being surrounded by corn and soybean fields, with cranberry bogs just down the road. Sen. John McCain has been in Upper Midwestern states several times, also all but ignoring rural topics. During a Twin Cities rally, his running mate, Alaska Gov.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama and John McCain agree that energy production could help save rural America's economy, but don't agree on specifics about how to arrive at that point. Energy is the only rural topic to get much traction this presidential campaign, but the two candidates' views on rural issues stretch far beyond that - all the way to how judges are selected and whether they support gun rights. As the two senators fight for the $400,000-a-year-job, they don't talk much about rural America's needs, but their top aides say they do think about those needs. Former Iowa Gov.
Art: Obama speaks, McCain on bus ST. PAUL -- Sen. Barack Obama visited Wisconsin and did not mention agriculture, despite being surrounded by corn and soybean fields, with cranberry bogs just down the road. Sen. John McCain has been in Upper Midwestern states several times, also all but ignoring rural topics. During a Twin Cities rally, his running mate, Alaska Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's maverick Republican today endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president. Two-term Gov. Arne Carlson said he picked Obama in part because of recent comments by GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann indicating she might think Obama is anti-American.
ST. PAUL -- Vandals have threatened at least six Minnesota members of Congress by painting graffiti such as "resign or else" on their property. Both U.S. senators and four representatives Wednesday reported vandalism on their homes or garages around the Twin Cities. Among the Minnesota politicians who also reported vandalism to their residences was U.S. Rep. John Kline of Lakeville.