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 -- Gov. Mark Dayton claims that presidential politics is behind U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's request that he void an executive order issued during his first week in office. Bachmann said that a federal health-care program Dayton signed onto will cost the state. "All across the country we're seeing that ObamaCare is driving up health-care costs," the Minnesota Republican said. "Insurance premiums are rising.
ST. PAUL -- Early indications are that Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor and Republican legislative leaders are doing as the old saying goes: "disagree without being disagreeable." There have been some strong words from both sides in recent days, but nothing like what has been seen in the past few years and those words mainly deal with policy, not personalities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin governors are trying to fix a tax controversy they inherited upon taking office last week. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday sent Wisconsin Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A key legislator said he is confident Minnesota soon will provide a new path for professionals to become classroom teachers. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said the so-called alternative licensure provision will be one of many education reforms the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will adopt. Garofalo and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, are offering similar bills that spell out what people without traditional teacher education need to do before they may be licensed as teachers.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's former adjutant general will be the next state veterans' affairs commissioner. Gov. Mark Dayton this morning announced that Larry Shellito will head the Veterans' Affairs Department. It is the latest of a series of Dayton Cabinet announcements. Shellito, who lives in Woodbury, stepped down as the state's National Guard leader last year after seven years. He is a former Alexandria Technical College president and a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate. "While a U.S. senator and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I worked closely with Gen.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted Tuesday to allow new nuclear power plants in the state, with another vote coming soon to remove a ban on new coal power plants and to allow North Dakota coal and electrical power. Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, promised to work with Gov. Mark Dayton on both issues.
ST. PAUL -- Business-friendly bills are the first ones of the 2011 Minnesota legislative session. The first bills introduced in each legislative session signal priorities, and Republicans who took House and Senate control in the Nov. 2 election said on Monday that they are doing what they promised in the campaign: improve the business climate so more people can be hired. House File 1, introduced by rookie Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, sets a goal of the state issuing environmental permits within 150 days.