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 -- 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.
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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ST. PAUL - Minnesota not as exciting as New York City? A Politico story says that may be a reason interest in the St.
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