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 -- Minnesota voters were pretty evenly divided Tuesday about who best can fix the state's budget woes: Mark Dayton, a well-known liberal with a long record in office, or Tom Emmer, a conservative new to statewide politics. Democrat Dayton received 45 and Republican Tom Emmer had 42 percent with half of the state's precincts reporting early today, according to unofficial secretary of state returns. No one was ready to declare victory. The race tightened after Hennepin County corrected a reporting error. Many of the largest precincts not counted by midnight were in DFL-heavy St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters Tuesday faced a choice about who best can fix the state's budget woes: Mark Dayton, a well-known liberal with a long record in office, or Tom Emmer, a conservative new to statewide politics. With nearly a third of precincts reporting, unofficial returns from the secretary of state's office showed Dayton led Emmer 49 percent to 38 percent with the gap closing as more votes were counted.
ST. PAUL -- A national Republican wave washed two Minnesota congressmen out of their committee chairmanships and one of them was facing even higher water that threatened his Washington job. As it became obvious that Republicans would take control of the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson knew that meant he no longer would lead the House Agriculture Committee and Jim Oberstar understood he was out as Transportation Committee chairman.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans said they learned their lesson in 2008, when they felt the U.S. Senate race was stolen from them, and plan to monitor today's election closer than ever. St. Louis and Carlton counties in the northeast are especially under the spotlight, Republican state Chairman Tony Sutton said.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton and Tom Horner drew their record-setting debate series to a close where it all started in a Sunday governor's forum sounding a lot like their first one just after the Aug. 10 primary election. The three had not changed their tunes in the last three months, but honed their delivery a bit. On Sunday, they reinforced their well-worn key talking points several times as Tuesday's election nears. For Democrat Dayton, a former U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Almost everyone knows there are three major candidates for Minnesota governor in Tuesday's election, a few know about four others in the contest and almost no one knows another three are running as write-ins. Candidates waging write-in campaigns need to register with elections officials to have their votes counted.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three major governor candidates show a diverse portfolio to voters, who on Tuesday must decide which man would be best at solving the state's worst-ever budget problem. Over on the far political right is Tom Emmer, a 49-year-old lawyer and state representative from Delano, a Republican who says that state government spending is out of control. He would limit spending in the next two-year budget to revenue the state already expects.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three major governor candidates picked up their rural campaigns in recent weeks, after a barrage of Twin Cities debates and fund-raising needs keep them off the farm and out of many communities. Campaigning away from big-city lights features one favorite question, especially from city officials, about Local Government Aid, state payments designed to pump cash into city coffers when local property taxes cannot support basic services. All three would keep some form of LGA. Democrat Mark Dayton and Tom Horner of the Independence Party suggest keeping LGA much as it is.
ST. PAUL -- It is not often that when a legislator walks into the room, his colleague stand and applaud. But when David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, walked into the House chambers during the recent special session, that is just what happened. A couple of legislators in the back of the chamber noticed him slip in a side door, and started clapping. Soon, all 130 other lawmakers, not to mention staff, in the chamber joined in the applause. Dill had received a kidney transplant less than a week earlier.