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 -- Al Franken's Senate campaign is getting a boost from another well-known Al. Former Vice President Al Gore will campaign for Franken and other Democratic candidates in October. Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential race, will speak at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's Founders Day Dinner Oct. 4 on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, the party and Franken's campaign announced recently. "Al Gore is a champion for clean energy and a good friend to me and to progressives across the country," Franken said in a statement. "Believe it or not, he's also hilarious.
ST. PAUL -- County officials across Minnesota complain they are forced to collect up to $9 million more in property taxes because the state does not fully pay for prisoners it orders counties to hold. "We're losing money," Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson said. Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott McNurlin of Goodhue County said the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center in Red Wing houses two to four state prisoners on average, at a cost of $60 per inmate per day.
ST. PAUL -- John McCain promises to change Washington by getting along with the opposition, reforming government and, in general, putting the country first. "The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn't a cause, it's a symptom," the prisoner of war turned presidential candidate said Thursday night in accepting Republicans' presidential nomination.
ST. PAUL -- Sarah Palin says she is a small-town hockey mom, but Wednesday night introduced herself to the country as the Republican Party's first woman vice presidential candidate. The 44-year-old Alaska governor showed her fiery side in a St.
ST. PAUL -- Now, that's how a political convention is supposed to look: funny hats, loud cheering and long political speeches. Tuesday marked the real start of the Republican National Convention after the official Monday beginning was subdued and short due to Hurricane Gustav. President Bush gave his support to GOP presidential hopeful John McCain in a speech carried by satellite from the White House, and Democrat-turned-independent Sen.
ST. PAUL - Republicans dealt with distractions as they began their national convention Monday, but said the event still will be a success. First came Hurricane Gustav, whose surge and winds were less than predicted, but forced convention officials to trim their plans. Then, Sen. John McCain's running mate, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- John McCain does not want supporters partying while other Americans face the fury of Hurricane Gustav, so Republicans took the unprecedented action of canceling most events at today's opening of their national convention. "We are facing a great natural challenge," McCain said in a satellite video hook-up from St. Louis to St. Paul, where the curtailed convention begins today. He asked convention officials to limit convention activities today.
ST. PAUL -- The Xcel Energy Center is ready for the Republican National Convention, but no more so than Minnesota's Republican delegates are ready. No major, and few minor, disputes are expected in what Republicans hope to be a well-organized and smooth-running gathering naming John McCain as their presidential nominee. "There has been a little bit of dissension here and there," delegate Jennifer Wilson of Hermantown said.
ST. PAUL - Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Penny leads a pro-John McCain organization of Minnesotans who do not usually back Republicans. Another big name on the Minnesota Citizens for McCain coalition is Sandy Keith, a former Minnesota chief justice. A third well-known name backing McCain is Ron Schara, an outdoorsman who hosts "Minnesota Bound" on television. Former state Rep. Steve Wenzel, a Little Falls Democrat, also is in the coalition. Penny, who represented southeastern Minnesota in the U.S.