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 -- Minnesota's precinct caucus straw polls cemented Marty Seifert's front-running role in the Republican governor's race, but the picture remains fuzzy for Democrats. While Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- Two state representatives appeared poised to move away from other Republican governor candidates and several Democrats were battling for bragging rights Tuesday night as Minnesotans attending more than 8,000 neighborhood meetings began picking their favorites. Reps. Marty Seifert of Marshall and Tom Emmer of Delano roared out front of a seven-person GOP straw poll, with Seifert holding more than half of the vote in early unofficial results. Things were not as clear on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party side, although Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- A decade and a half of wet weather means western and southern Minnesotans may face flooding this spring, but forecasters do not expect records like many communities saw in recent years. Chances of a record flood like Fargo-Moorhead residents fought last year are slim, but Minnesota officials and weather forecasters said that much of the state faces a flood threat.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS -- More governor candidates showed up for a massive Wednesday night debate than the average precinct caucus will host next week. And still, just two-thirds of the candidates planning to run this year were at the gathering, the biggest such forum Minnesota political observers remember. In front of hundreds of newspaper workers, candidates found some ways to separate themselves from each other. On local government aid, like most other issues, there was sharp division between Democrats and Republicans. Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Paul Thissen, a Twin Cities legislator, s
ST. PAUL--Minnesota officials turn to schools as the state's bank this spring. The state will run out of money in March and April, and the Pawlenty administration says it needs to borrow money from schools to pay the state's bills. The state sent school superintendents a notice Tuesday saying it will delay its payments to about two-thirds of the districts.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Management and Budget department today is telling schools that the state will delay $423 million of payments to them this so the state can pay its bills. The missed payments are to be made up by the end of May, but some school leaders say they may have to take out short-term loans. The size of delays are based on a formula in state law that makes bigger cuts for districts with larger fund balances. Some districts will continue to get their normal payments they carry a small balance. Two-hundred, thirty-one districts' payments will be delayed out of 341 districts.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota cities hosting nuclear power plants and some legislators are tired of federal officials' refusal to pick up the waste as they promised decades ago. "If you had a garbage man who didn't show up for 28 years, would you continue to pay the bill?" Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Norm Coleman is not running for governor, but he has advice for those who are: travel Minnesota. As U.S. senator, Coleman tried to do just that as often as possible. Many politicians see the "L" of southern and western Minnesota as especially important because residents there can swing back and forth between political parties. "It is important for folks in St. Paul to get out and about to know the state," Coleman said. "That is a challenge they have. ...