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 -- 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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Peter Hausmann's friends raised their voices during a service honoring victims of the Aug. 1, 2007, Minneapolis bridge collapse Friday night. "In tragic times, the community comes together," said Mary Ann Sexton, a member of a 50-voice Rosemount, Minn., choir that sang during the service near where the bridge collapsed, killing Hausmann and 12 others. Sexton is a member of the Rosemount St.
The National Conference of State Legislatures handed Minnesota Labor and Industry Commissioner Steve Sviggum its "Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award." "Sviggum, 56, is a genuine rural guy, a farmer and former high school math teacher and basketball referee who is known to prefer sweaters to suits," the conference's magazine reports. "He also was known as a skilled legislative tactician and a tireless campaigner." Sviggum, a Republican Kenyon resident, spent 29 years in the Minnesota House before leaving last year to join Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Cabinet.
MINNEAPOLIS - Victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse a year ago today need a redundant support system, something the bridge itself lacked, the state's United Methodist bishop said during a late-morning memorial service. Bishop Sally Dyck joined others in telling a nearly full St. Mary's Catholic Basilica in downtown Minneapolis that victims and their families will continue to need support from the community. In saying that, Dyck compared the needed emotional support to what is being considered as the cause of the collapse.
ST. PAUL -- If you are a health care professional looking to make a profit, don't chase an ambulance. If you are a musician, don't claim to be someone you are not. If you are in the habit of sending text messages while driving, don't. If you own a home, you must have carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms. If you are a music lover, you may be able to buy tickets online without fighting a ticket reseller's computer. And if you are a teen, you need to know about new restrictions on your driving. Aug.