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 -- The House joined the Senate Monday in wanting to allow more powerful fireworks in Minnesota. However, unless the Senate accepts House changes, negotiators need to work out differences. Newly legal fireworks would include bottle rockets and other aerial displays. One of the changes Rep.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium construction effort has fallen short for years, but a Friday meeting among NFL officials and Minnesota leaders produced the most progress so far. The plan that passed a Senate committee Friday night 8-6 faces tough votes in other committees.
ST. PAUL -- Don't believe everything you read, especially in sports blogs and columns about government issues. That is what some Minnesota politicians say after dealing with Vikings stadium issues for months, or years. For instance, in a week dominated by stadium news (a frenzy in some minds), Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, was none too happy with a Star Tribune sports column critical of him for opposing a stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Vikings stadium talk reached a fever pitch Thursday in anticipation of the National Football League commissioner's Friday visit with a message that appeared likely to be: Build a stadium or lose the team. "There is a sense of urgency that I have not seen," stadium supporter Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said. The heightened urgency came from a telephone call between Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted 9-6 Monday night against a bill to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium. While a bill always can be resurrected, the vote makes it very difficult to approve a new stadium in the final days of the 2012 legislative session. Legislative leaders want the session to end by April 30, and now the bill has lost in a House panel and is stalled in a Senate committee. Moments before the vote, Bill author Rep.
ST. PAUL - The end of the 2012 Minnesota Legislature approaches amid strong partisan disagreements. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, called a recent letter from Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Prosecutors are happy to now have the same rights of other Minnesotans to carry guns. "Whether they need it or not, it is their right," said Rice County Attorney Paul Baumaster, president of the Minnesota County Attorneys' Association. However, before Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new law earlier this week, state law banned county attorneys and other public workers from carrying guns. The new law, crafted by Rep. Tony Cornish of Good Thunder and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The White Earth Nation says it will front the state's Vikings stadium construction costs, if it receives approval to build a Twin Cities casino. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor of the northwestern Minnesota American Indian tribe Thursday announced White Earth is tweaking an earlier proposal so the state would get $400 million up front, and then receive half of all casino profits. She said that could amount to $1 billion in the first five years of casino operation. "We have moved the ball to the goal line..." Vizenor said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a Republican plan to take money out of the state reserve fund to repay money owed Minnesota school districts. The Democratic governor on Thursday called the plan an irresponsible "raid" on state reserves. He also criticized a GOP Senate plan to take $100 million more from the reserves to deliver a business property tax reduction. Republicans shot back harsh criticism for the veto. "If a family pays all of their bills and finds they still have money leftover, shouldn't they use some of that money to pay down any outstanding debts?" asked Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Jacob Gould used to dream of being a professional wrestler, but now the 12-year-old with a new law named after him wants to devote his life to helping others wrestle with problems like almost cost him his life. "If I can help just one kid, it would be 100 percent worth it," the Clara City sixth-grader said. Gould said it was "awesome" to watch Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday sign into law a bill that requires both parents to be notified if a child is victim of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse outside of the home.