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 will not try to get bonus federal education funds because the Legislature did nothing to reform education, as required by the Obama administration, Gov.
ST. PAUL -- There they were in the governor's office, frequently the scene of Democrat bashing, the Republican governor praising Democrats, and vice versa, over a new anti-drunken driving law. Gov. Tim Pawlenty invited Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing and Rep. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove to a signing of a bill requiring repeat drunken drivers to use a device proving they are sober before driving. As he prepared to sign the bill into law, he said he was sorry to see the two retire from the Legislature.
9:30 p.m. Update
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's first positive budget news in weeks came hours before the 2010 legislative session ended, but a deal remained elusive as time was running out. Legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty reported progress Sunday night to balance the state's nearly $3 billion budget deficit after weeks of deadlock. The legislative day began Sunday afternoon with House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, weeping from her perch high above the front of the House chamber. She announced months ago that she is retiring, even if her bid for the governor's office fails.
ST. PAUL -- Former House Majority Leader Willis Eken died of Alzheimer's disease May 8, but his funeral will not be held until Tuesday. That is just what Eken would have wanted. He would not have wanted to interfere with the legislative session, his son, Kent Eken, said from the back of the Minnesota House chamber a couple of days after his father died. The final week of a session is a critical time in any legislator's life. And Kent Eken is following in his father's footsteps as a legislator.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate leader blames Gov. Tim Pawlenty for failure to balance the state budget with just two days left to accomplish the task. "The pattern in the last few years has been last-minute brinksmanship by the executive," Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, said about Republican Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Four days remain for Minnesota lawmakers to balance the state budget, but little progress was evident Wednesday night as they debated the second major bill in three days headed to a governor's veto. Also Wednesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty bought a fishing license early Wednesday afternoon before this weekend's Governor's Fishing Opener, not hampered by budget-balancing talks. Later, Pawlenty hosted legislative leaders in the day's only high-level negotiations. "There is not a plan," House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said upon leaving the talks Wednesday evening.
UPDATE: 9:27 pm
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty subtly says a majority of Minnesota Supreme Court justices overreached their authority by saying he overreached his authority. On his radio show, the Republican governor read at length from a dissenting opinion by three of the seven high court justices. He barely said anything about the four justices, who in the majority said he did not have the power to chop $2.7 billion from the state budget last year by himself, a process known as unallotment.
ST. PAUL -- The Pawlenty administration is making plans to manage the state budget in case this week's Minnesota Supreme Court ruling leads to a run on state funds. Gov. Tim Pawlenty Friday ordered his commissioners to figure out payments they can delay. He gave them no deadline, but said they understood the urgency of the order, given the fact that the Legislature must adjourn by May 17.