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 Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A bill Minnesota representatives passed late Tuesday continues to trim the state's largest spending area, health and human services programs. The House bill, which passed 79-54, would cut a variety of health programs, mostly for poor Minnesotans, by $170 million on top of $147 million lawmakers and Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorna Beyers woke up Saturday morning with a tough decision: Should she pin on a Tom Emmer button? It seems to be a little thing, but thousands of rural Minnesota Republicans face Beyers' decision.
ST. PAUL -- It is fourth and long for a new Vikings stadium, and on Monday legislative quarterbacks dropped back for a last-minute hail Mary pass. The defense is strong: The governor does not like new taxes included in a proposal released Monday, the Vikings have serious concerns and time is running out. But like any Vikings fan watching a tight game knows, anything is possible. A bill spelling out how to pay for a $791 million Minnesota Vikings football stadium was announced Monday by four lawmakers from outside the Twin Cities.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Conservative political activists know Tom Emmer, but as the Republican candidate for governor he now plans to introduce himself to a wider audience. "This is where it all begins," Emmer shouted to nearly 2,000 Minnesota Republican convention delegates late Friday afternoon, moments after he gained the party's endorsement. Emmer's victory over fellow state Rep. Marty Seifert came stunningly quickly, after the convention's second ballot showed Emmer with 56 percent support to Seifert's 44 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sarah Palin added excitement to the Minnesota Republican convention Thursday night by endorsing Tom Emmer for governor. "A patriotic fiscally conservative 'hockey dad' who got his start in politics by serving on his local city councils is running for governor of the great state of Minnesota," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It took Republicans until 3 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- An Illinois native who ran Newt Gingrich's office after he became U.S. House speaker is Minnesota governor candidate Rep. Tom Emmer's running mate. Emmer, a Delano Republican, Tuesday picked Annette Meeks as his lieutenant governor candidate three days before the Republican state convention is to endorse a ticket. Meeks runs the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota conservative think tank.
DULUTH -- Democratic-Farmer-Laborites left their weekend convention saying they were united, but signs of discord even surfaced at a party celebrating Margaret Anderson Kelliher's endorsement. Standing amid dozens of Kelliher T-shirt-clad convention delegates early Sunday, Aaron Wittnebel really wanted to like his party's endorsed candidate. But he just could not make that leap. The Lake Park resident who turns 29 next month said he does not feel Kelliher knows how to keep young people energized in the party.
DULUTH -- There is a new attitude at this year's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. Instead of divisiveness and ideology, Democrats are going with unity and realism for 2010. At least that is how they sounded Friday as 1,400 of them converged on the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to pick their governor candidate. Often, both Democrats and Republicans pick candidates on the party's political extremes.