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 -- Republicans dealt with distractions as they began their national convention Monday, but said the event still will be a success. First came Hurricane Gustav, whose surge and winds were less than predicted, but forced convention officials to trim their plans. Then, Sen. John McCain's running mate, Gov.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not be John McCain's running mate, but today highly praised the woman who will be. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the pick.
ST. PAUL -- The speculation is almost over. For months, Minnesota political observers have been preoccupied about whether Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be John McCain's running mate, but the Republican presidential candidate's campaign did its best to keep the decision secret -- and pundits chattering about it -- as long as possible. McCain and his running mate are to appear together in Dayton, Ohio, at 11 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- Amy Klobuchar had barely pulled out of her driveway en route to Washington, before taking her U.S. Senate position nearly two years ago, when Barack Obama was on the telephone. "We weren't even sworn in yet and he was already determined to break the lock the lobbyists had on Washington..." now-Sen. Klobuchar told the Democratic National Convention in a brief Monday night speech.
ST. PAUL -- Young faces were plentiful at the Pepsi Center in Denver as the Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday. Of course, there is nothing unusual about youths attending a political convention. The catch politicians find is that beyond a few youthful activists, young Americans tend not to vote, even in the nation-leading turnout state of Minnesota. Young leaders at the Denver convention say 2008 will be different, thanks to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who this week receives his party's nomination.
ST. PAUL -- Jessica Rohloff has been a faithful voter, but not politically active. Barack Obama changed that. "Barack Obama has inspired me to get involved in the whole process," Rohloff said. "I have been waiting for him since 2004, the first time I heard him speak about the America that is the America I see and believe in." The Willmar woman's story is like that of thousands of others, including more than 100 Minnesotans like herself, arriving in Denver this weekend for the Democratic National Convention.
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Jesse Ventura may become a judge. Not a real judge, just a television version of one. The publication TV Week reports that Ventura is close to signing a deal to host a television court show to debut in a year. A Twentieth Television spokesman would not talk about negotiations between his company and the former Independence Party Minnesota governor. However, an official for the Katz Television Group told TV Week that Ventura's history as a navy frogman and a talk-show host "might have the star power to distinguish himself from the welter of court shows." "Jesse is a bigger-than-life person
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty debated the Russia-Georgia crisis on national television Sunday in an appearance that pitted him against another vice presidential hopeful. Pawlenty, reportedly high on Sen. John McCain's running mate list, said Americans would prefer that his candidate face foreign leaders. But Indiana U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty debated the Russia-Georgia crisis on national television Sunday in an appearance that pitted him against another vice presidential hopeful. Pawlenty, reportedly high on Sen. John McCain's running mate list, said Americans would prefer that his candidate face foreign leaders. But Indiana U.S. Sen.