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 -- Kurt Bills' family, and three day care children, backed him as he signed on the bottom line Tuesday to run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The Rosemount state representative's four children and wife greeted him outside the secretary of state's office before he filed paperwork to seek office. As if to punctuate his small-business background, his wife, Cindy, brought along three children they care for in their home. After signing up, Bills declared he supports a U.S. Rep. Rand Paul, R-Wis., plan to cap foreign aid at $5 billion, more than half of which for Israel.
ST. PAUL -- A battle is ready to erupt as public agencies across Minnesota seek a relatively tiny amount of state money. Usually, public works funds such as those to fix public facilities, build trails, add to sewer systems and all kinds of other work are decided by the Legislature. That happened when lawmakers passed a nearly $500 million fix-up plan earlier this month. But $47.5 million in the bill was not earmarked for specific projects, but available to applicants.
ST. PAUL -- The official campaign season started with bipartisan smiles Tuesday in St. Paul, even if no one expects it to end that way. The first four Minnesotans to file paperwork to officially become state candidates were lined up at the counter Tuesday, three of them filling out the forms. But Rick Nolan, Democratic candidate in the 8th Congressional District, had not started. "It's embarrassing," Nolan said. "I left my reading glasses in the car." State Rep.
ST. CLOUD -- Their party faces a $1.3 million debt, ideological differences and lingering questions about a sex scandal, and Republicans leaving their state convention Saturday both acknowledged the problems and kept their chins up. "We don't really have a lot of unity within the party," convention delegate Ken Zylstra of Worthington said. "They would just as soon shoot each other down," the long-time Republican and first-time convention delegate said of the party's factions. On the other hand, freshman U.S. Rep.
ST. CLOUD -- Kurt Bills is ready to teach economics to Washington. Backing his theme of "taking economics 101 to Washington," Minnesota Republicans Friday handed Bills a second-ballot endorsement for U.S. Senate to run against Democrat U.S. Sen.
ST. CLOUD -- First-term state Rep. Kurt Bills is the Minnesota Republican Party's pick to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gather in St. Cloud this morning, with the official main event picking a candidate to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. But the main undercurrent may be how Ron Paul supporters do at today's and Saturday's state convention. How strong presidential candidate Paul is among delegates likely will affect the Senate race. Estimates of the number of Minnesota Paul delegates range from a third to nearly a half of the 2,000-some Republicans at the River's Edge Convention Center. "Ron Paul is a big factor in this race," Minnesota U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Rep. Morrie Lanning knows how to win elections and football championships, and says getting a new Vikings stadium is much the same. "I'm a former football player who had an extraordinary team," the 1964 Concordia College of Moorhead center said Monday after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to build a Vikings stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings and their fans have something to cheer about. And they did cheer and sang "Skol, Vikings," the team's fight song, during a Thursday evening news conference celebrating legislative passage earlier in the day of a plan to build a new stadium for the Vikings and other events.