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 -- A new Vikings stadium remains possible after a Senate committee delayed a construction proposal Wednesday and Gov. Mark Dayton delivered some harsh words about legislative leaders' lack of support. Stadium supporters have lots of work to do if they are to salvage the plan this legislative session. After a decade of discussion and more than a year of intense work on a stadium-funding bill, the proposal stalled in the Senate local government committee after less than two hours of debate Wednesday over several questions.
ST. PAUL -- It is not something heard much around the Legislature: people suggesting fees they pay go up. But Minnesota anglers and hunters did just that Tuesday and the Senate natural resources committees complied, backing a bill that ups fees to replenish a fund running out of money and help fight invasive species.
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ST. PAUL -- If there ever was a full committee room, it will happen at 8 a.m. Monday in Room 15 of the Capitol when the Senate Judiciary Committee hears a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove a requirement that some workers belong to unions. Union workers from across the state are expected to arrive at the Capitol in buses to oppose the proposal by Sen.
ST. PAUL -- An election to fill the vacancy left by the death of Minnesota state Sen. Gary Kubly will be April 10. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the election Wednesday, shortly after Kubly's funeral ended in Granite Falls. If a primary election is needed, it will be March 27. The election is in Senate District 20, which includes all or parts of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. People interested in running for the seat have until 5 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- Establishing wolf hunting and trapping seasons is popular among many at the Minnesota Legislature, but lawmakers are hearing from those who do not like the idea. So far, opponents have not slowed House and Senate bills from advancing. The latest vote came Tuesday, when the Senate natural resources committee unanimously approved allowing the Department of Natural Resources to establish the seasons. "We're trying to balance," Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said about his bill.
ST. PAUL -- Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber Monday, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly. "He was a great guy," Senjem said about the Granite Falls lawmaker who died Friday. "We will really miss him." The desk is where Kubly sat this year, as Lou Gehrig's disease drained his energy. Senjem, a Rochester Republican, said senators respected Democrat Kubly.
ST. PAUL -- One of the old-style Minnesota state senators, not into partisan bickering, has died. Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, died in a St. Paul hospital Friday after suffering a medical problem Wednesday morning. He was diagnosed with Lou Gerig's Disease in 2010 and his health gradually failed. Funeral services are expected to be in Granite Falls on Wednesday. Condolences from politicians of all stripes began soon after Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, announced the 68-year-old's death Saturday afternoon. "Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers from both parties signal they plan to use last year's rough budget debate as foundation for this year's legislative election campaigns. With all 201 legislative seats up for election, Minnesotans will hear a lot about state spending. And the two sides will spin the budget outcome. House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, appears eager to bring up the issue. He called the two-year budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov.