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 -- Federal actions to backstop the two U.S. mortgage giants are good as far as they go, but Minnesota observers say homeowners deserve more attention. "That is just an attempt to protect the market," said professor Prentiss Cox of the University of Minnesota "There is a distinction between helping homeowners and protecting the market." The Federal Reserve Bank on Monday announced that it was prepared to loan Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac money to allow the two firms to remain solvent.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture commissioner says the country's grocery stores are misleading Americans when they claim that corn-based ethanol is driving up food prices. "Some of this message is the result of calculated efforts from groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association," Commissioner Gene Hugoson said.
ST. PAUL -- God apparently did not call Jesse Ventura, but 18 others got the message to run for U.S. Senate. Whether it is divine intervention or just plain Minnesota civic mindedness, large numbers of candidates will crowd the Sept. 9 primary election ballot. The Senate race drew seven candidates each in the Democratic and Independence parties. Also notable is the fact that both major parties have filled the 134 state House slots.
ST. PAUL -- One of the country's most expensive U.S. Senate races may not be quite as entertaining as it could have been, with former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura declining to run. Ventura, who turns 57 today, told CNN's Larry King on CNN Monday night that he will stay out of the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota against expected major-party standard-bearers incumbent Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken.
HUDSON, Wis. -- John McCain and Barack Obama are fighting for women. McCain took his Republican presidential campaign Friday to a steel company to highlight what he called the one "bright spot" in the nation's troubled economy. Obama supporters took advantage of the event to deliver the Democratic candidate's message to women. The Republican Arizona senator ended a week-long economic tour at J and L Steel Erectors, a small business owned by a Wisconsin woman. Women-run small businesses are growing at twice the rate of all privately held firms, McCain said.
HUDSON - Sen. John McCain drove home one point time and again during his campaign swing through Minnesota and Wisconsin - "straight talk" is more than a campaign slogan to him. For instance, he drew a strong contrast between him and fellow Republican President Bush over environmental issues. The Republican presidential candidate used the "straight talk" term several times during his hour and a half visit to J and L Steel Erectors in Hudson, where he met an almost-all-women audience that asked questions similar to a St. Paul town hall meeting three weeks earlier. McCain, who visited his St.
ST. PAUL -- Expect the gasoline tax debate earlier this year to be relived before the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty named three new Minnesota Appeals Court judges Tuesday, including a former co-worker and a Duluth attorney. Louise Dovre Bjorkman, who was raised in Moorhead, worked with Pawlenty at Rider Bennett Egan and Arundel law firm in the 1990s. She is a former Ramsey County judge. Larry Stauber Jr. is an attorney in his hometown of Duluth. Michelle A Larkin, a St. Paul attorney, also is a former Ramsey County judge and, like Pawlenty, a University of Minnesota law school graduate. The three will be among 19 Appeals Court judges.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The north and south ends of the new Interstate 35W bridge are rapidly groddwing toward each other over the Mississippi River. The keystone in the middle of the new span is expected to be in place less than a year after the old 35W bridge collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. "The bridge is going to look pretty much complete," said Jon Chiglo, project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, about the Aug.