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 Thursday deadline and the approaching Minnesota legislative session are pushing Vikings stadium talk up front. Stadium talk dominates this week, especially on Wednesday because of an unexpected proposal to build a stadium in Shakopee. Brad Tabke, mayor of the southwestern Twin Cities community for a week, unveiled his plans for a Shakopee stadium a day before Gov. Mark Dayton wants all proposals on his desk. "Shakopee hosts 6 million visitors each year at ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, the Renaissance Festival and many other attractions," Tabke said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders said cutting a business's taxes for hiring people and passing a large public works bill would create thousands of Minnesota jobs. Key to a proposal the Democrats offered on Wednesday is providing a $3,000 tax credit for the unemployed, veterans and recent graduates this year and a $1,500 credit next year. The plan would cost the state $35 million. Dayton plans to release his proposal to fund public works projects, funded by selling bonds, on Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- Iowans like it when they swipe the Floyd of Rosedale football trophy from Minnesota, they make jokes about Minnesota and, apparently, Hawkeye State residents enjoy showing Minnesota politicians the door. Iowa Republicans gave U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann the boot after their famous caucus Tuesday less than five months after fellow Minnesotan former Gov.
ST. PAUL -- How Minnesotans use roads could help determine the shape of new congressional districts. Most major rural Minnesota roads go east and west, one of several similarities that Republicans say should lead to three mostly rural congressional districts that stretch from Wisconsin to the Dakotas. Democratic leaders, meanwhile, claim there are so many differences between eastern and western Minnesota that they should be in separate districts.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem has filled out his leadership team with two committee chairmen. The Rochester Republican Tuesday appointed Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen as deputy leader and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria as the fifth assistant majority leader Ingebrigtsen had considered running for majority leader last week to keep rural issues at the forefront. But he was not nominated. Senjem and Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie were the two senators in the running to replace Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The new year could be one of government reform. Minnesota legislative Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton agree reforming is a top priority, but they may differ on just what that means and how to get there. A year ago, the two sides said the same thing, but a big money debate got in the way. By necessity, legislators and Dayton had to concentrate on plugging a $5 billion hole in the state budget. With a slight budget surplus heading into the 2012 legislative session, which begins Jan.
ST. PAUL -- It is back to the future for Minnesota Senate Republicans with Dave Senjem back in charge. "The direction is nothing but forward," Senjem said, adding that despite his history as GOP leader "it is a new day." A 69-year-old senator from Rochester, Senjem moves into the majority leader's position a year after he ended four years of service as minority leader. In his last year in that job, he and Sen.
ROSEVILLE -- Minnesota state Sen. Dave Senjem of Rochester makes a return as Senate Republican leader after an 11-hour meeting Tuesday. The new majority leader faces some tough decisions right away. Senjem served as minority leader until last year, when Republicans won the Senate majority for the first time in 38 years. The Senate Republican caucus also elected Sens.
ST. PAUL -- A confident Mark Dayton is ending his first year as Minnesota governor. The Democratic governor of today is far different than "socially awkward ... inept at the game of retail politics" that a top aide once said about him. Political observers recall times when Dayton seemed more comfortable standing alone in the back of a room rather than glad-handing like other politicians. "I was myself then and I am myself now," Dayton told Forum Communications in a year-end interview. "As governor, you are expected to be front and center. You are expected to be not off on the side. ...