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 -- Republicans say Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie may be breaking state campaign laws by speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment to be on Minnesotans' ballots Nov. 6. Sen. Mike Parry said he is considering taking Ritchie to court or issuing a legislative subpoena requiring the secretary to testify. The senator even said Ritchie could be recalled. Parry, a Waseca Republican and candidate for U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Death threats, demands to resign and other attacks to have only made state Rep. Mary Franson more determined to stay in office, she said. A Democratic-Farmer-Laborite campaign official sent Internet links to a video clip of a recent Franson speech in Browerville in which she discusses a joke she told in March that led to statewide reaction. In her March YouTube video, the Alexandria Republican said more food stamps are being distributed than ever while parks officials suggest that feeding animals makes them more dependent.
ST. PAUL -- Secretary of State Mark Ritchie faces a second lawsuit over his rewriting a proposed constitutional amendment title. Paperwork filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court Thursday by Republican legislators and others supporting an amendment requiring Minnesotans to show photographic identification before voting asks the title legislators approved be restored, replacing one Ritchie wrote. Voters will be asked to decide Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Supreme Court justices are considering whether a question about voter photo identification on the Nov. 6 ballot is misleading. More fundamentally, they are asking themselves if they even have the authority to deal with the issue. The question is whether a proposed amendment requiring Minnesotans to present photographic identification before voting is accurately summarized on the ballot.
ROSEVILLE -- Minnesota charities could begin rolling out electronic pulltab and bingo games this fall, although concerns remain that could slow their acceptance. "This isn't an industry that embraces change," Executive Director King Wilson of Allied Charities told the Minnesota Gambling Control board Monday. In an interview, Wilson said even though state lawmakers passed a bill allowing electronic pulltab and bingo games, with some profits funding a Minnesota Vikings football stadium, "a lot of misunderstanding" exists. One of charities' concerns is how much the new devices will cost, Wilso
ST. PAUL -- The question on everyone's mind during a news conference about a special disaster aid legislative session was whether Republican leaders could keep their members from bringing up other issues. For instance, Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, has mentioned the possibility of changing state law to remove Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's power to write constitutional amendment titles. The issue angers Republicans because Ritchie, a Democrat, rewrote titles for two GOP-backed constitutional amendment proposals that will be on the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders promise to work together toward an anticipated late-August special legislative session to help communities hit by June storms. "We are going to come through for those who have been affected by this," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Conventional political wisdom is that a gay-marriage prohibition on the Nov. 6 ballot would pit Democratic-Farmer-Laborites against Republicans. "It is not that cut and dried," Chuck Darrell said. Darrell, Minnesota for Marriage spokesman, said Democrats are needed to pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. On Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Museums often tell war stories, but an exhibit the Minnesota History Center just opened is more emotional than others. "This is our war," History Center Director Dan Spock said while touring the exhibit on the St.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled "once and for all" the federal health-care law dispute. The state's senior U.S. senator said the court put "the law above politics." Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far from over, especially in the political arena. "Settling this issue once and for all in court means real progress and security for families and children..." House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said. Health care politics will continue.