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 - John McCain decided on his running mate Thursday, but his campaign did its best to keep the pick secret until a joint Friday appearance in Dayton, Ohio. However, political pundits reading between the lines began on Thursday afternoon to lean toward Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the selection. Fox News Channel, with close ties to Republicans, reported that McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis told its reporters Thursday afternoon that McCain has made his pick.
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Jesse Ventura may become a judge. Not a real judge, just a television version of one. Preliminary talks between Twentieth Television and the former Independence Party Minnesota governor apparently have begun for him to star in a half-hour court television show premiering in a year. Twentieth declined comment, Ventura could not be reached on Monday and there was no answer at his agents' office. The TV Week publication reported talks are progressing. An official for the Katz Television Group, which provides television programming advice to stations, told TV Week that Ventura's history
ST. PAUL - Minnesota not as exciting as New York City? A Politico story says that may be a reason interest in the St.
ST. PAUL -- Douglas Williams is headed to the Democratic National Convention in Denver to honor his grandmother. The University of Minnesota Morris student said he can go in part because of what his grandmother did more than 40 years ago. "My grandmother led the fight to integrate schools in Suffolk, Va.," Williams said. "I am ...
ST. PAUL -- Democrats are not waiting for Gov. Tim Pawlenty to become John McCain's running mate; they are attacking now. The Democratic National Committee has launched www.thenextcheney.com , which criticizes the leading Republican vice presidential contenders, including Minnesota's governor. In a telephone conference call with reporters introducing the Web site, state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, said Pawlenty is too partisan: "The success of our state is a result of a long-standing tradition in which politicians have put our state first before partisan politics.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Despite a newly enacted federal farm policy that is supposed to last for five years, more agriculture-related work remains to be done in Washington, farm experts told a FarmFest audience in southwestern Minnesota Wednesday. Most important is to make sure the Bush administration and its successor implements what Congress passed, they said. National Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Farmers Union President Tom Buis said other issues also remain unresolved. U.S. Sen.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Al Franken took the offensive in his first face-to-face meeting with incumbent U.S. Sen.
Some of the new laws that took effect Friday, Aug. 1: Caucus dates: Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican party officials can pick the caucus date. If they cannot agree, the first Tuesday in February will be when caucuses are held in general election years. Truth in music: A musical group posing as another group is illegal.