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 -- Sen. Barack Obama visited Wisconsin and did not mention agriculture, despite being surrounded by corn and soybean fields, with cranberry bogs just down the road. Sen. John McCain has been in Upper Midwestern states several times, also all but ignoring rural topics. During a Twin Cities rally, his running mate, Alaska Gov.
Art: Obama speaks, McCain on bus ST. PAUL -- Sen. Barack Obama visited Wisconsin and did not mention agriculture, despite being surrounded by corn and soybean fields, with cranberry bogs just down the road. Sen. John McCain has been in Upper Midwestern states several times, also all but ignoring rural topics. During a Twin Cities rally, his running mate, Alaska Gov.
ST. PAUL - Barack Obama and John McCain agree that energy production could help save rural America's economy, but don't agree on specifics about how to arrive at that point. Energy is the only rural topic to get much traction this presidential campaign, but the two candidates' views on rural issues stretch far beyond that - all the way to how judges are selected and whether they support gun rights. As the two senators fight for the $400,000-a-year-job, they don't talk much about rural America's needs, but their top aides say they do think about those needs. Former Iowa Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's maverick Republican today endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president. Two-term Gov. Arne Carlson said he picked Obama in part because of recent comments by GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann indicating she might think Obama is anti-American.
ST. PAUL -- Vandals have threatened at least six Minnesota members of Congress by painting graffiti such as "resign or else" on their property. Both U.S. senators and four representatives Wednesday reported vandalism on their homes or garages around the Twin Cities. Among the Minnesota politicians who also reported vandalism to their residences was U.S. Rep. John Kline of Lakeville.
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ST. PAUL -- Most Minnesotans agree the state's water needs to be cleaned up. They support parks, trails and a wide variety of arts programs. On Nov. 4, voters will decide whether they favor those issues enough to raise the state sales tax 0.375 percent through a constitutional amendment that keeps the increase in place for 25 years. Then-Sen. Bob Lessard of International Falls launched a constitutional amendment effort to improve hunting and fishing opportunities 10 years ago.
ST. PAUL - Hunting and health experts do not fully understand what dangers, if any, lead in deer meat may present, but with the deer hunting season about to open, Minnesota officials say there are precautions hunters should take. However, state officials are resuming a venison donation program for needy Minnesotans after it was canceled abruptly last year over meat safety fears. Since ground venison appears more likely to contain lead contamination, food shelves will distribute only whole cuts this year.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's U.S. representatives agree Congress needs to help fix the country's financial crisis, but on Monday divided their votes on a $700 billion plan to do that. Rep. Collin Peterson said congressional leaders need to talk to more lawmakers than they have for the past couple of weeks. "Clearly, they are going to have to go outside of the circle they have been talking to," said Peterson, adding that the Agriculture Committee that he leads "will be drug into this." Minnesota's representatives split Monday as the House defeated the plan 228-205.
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.