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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REDWOOD FALLS — Top agriculture members of Congress can be ready with a backup farm bill quickly, but it is not clear if it ever will see the light of day. U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL — More than 100 same-sex couples across Minnesota married soon after it became legal Thursday, setting off celebrations big and small, while others protested gay marriage and said the fight will continue. Two conservative groups announced hours after gay marriage became legal that they are launching an initiative to defeat legislators who in May voted to overturn a same-sex marriage ban.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota same-sex couples wed both in large groups and intimate settings early today as state law specifically allows gay marriages for the first time. “I am proud that Minnesota ... is in the forefront,” Gov. Mark Dayton said before Minnesota joined Rhode Island today in becoming the 12th and 13th states where gays can legally wed. Celebrations included mass weddings in cities like Minneapolis, Duluth and Moorhead, but quiet ceremonies were held in homes, courthouses and other locales throughout Minnesota. Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota state commission provided a key approval Wednesday to a northern Minnesota oil pipeline expansion as chants of "shame on you" rang out in the downtown St. Paul meeting room. "We are the people you represent," one of more than 100 protesters shouted as all five Public Utilities Commission members approved increasing the pipeline's capacity after a brief discussion of the pipeline issue with no chance for public testimony.
BLOOMINGTON — President Barack Obama’s education secretary told an audience packed with Minnesota educators Tuesday that he would like to send the state millions more dollars to match state money approved this year to increase early-childhood education. But any such appropriation first must get through a Congress that has failed to pass a budget. Secretary Arne Duncan said political leaders need to face reality and understand that spending money on children now will save money for years to come. Duncan appeared at three events Tuesday, including a discussion with Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Trying to control dangerous synthetic drugs is a lot like playing the old carnival game whack-a-mole. In the game, every time a player uses a mallet to whack a mole sticking its head out of one hole, another mole pops up in another hole, Executive Director Cody Wiberg of the Minnesota Pharmacy Board told a state House committee Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- A coalition of 532 organizations is putting pressure on the U.S. House to pass a farm bill. "This important legislation supports our nation's farmers, ranchers, forest owners, food security, natural resources and wildlife habitats, rural communities and the 16 million Americans whose jobs directly depend on the agriculture industry," read a letter sent to every congressman from a diverse group that includes the Democratic-leaning Farmers Union and Republican-leaning Farm Bureau.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota businesses are pushing the pause button on constructing new facilities, awaiting word about whether state legislators will allow a new tax to be collected. A $20 million Red Wing Shoes distribution center is on hold "until we find out what happens," John Sachen of the company said Thursday during a state Capitol news conference. "We have already stopped business," said Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing. "That's jobs." Kelly and other Republicans asked Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats wasted no time to begin cheering the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this morning to reject a federal gay-marriage ban. The ruling follows Minnesota's decision this spring to allow same-sex couples to wed. The federal ruling means those who do marry will receive federal benefits denied to gay couples in states that allow them to marry. "Great year for marriage equality in DC and MN, but there is still work to be done at the federal level," U.S. Rep.