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 question on everyone's mind during a news conference about a special disaster aid legislative session was whether Republican leaders could keep their members from bringing up other issues. For instance, Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, has mentioned the possibility of changing state law to remove Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's power to write constitutional amendment titles. The issue angers Republicans because Ritchie, a Democrat, rewrote titles for two GOP-backed constitutional amendment proposals that will be on the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders promise to work together toward an anticipated late-August special legislative session to help communities hit by June storms. "We are going to come through for those who have been affected by this," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Conventional political wisdom is that a gay-marriage prohibition on the Nov. 6 ballot would pit Democratic-Farmer-Laborites against Republicans. "It is not that cut and dried," Chuck Darrell said. Darrell, Minnesota for Marriage spokesman, said Democrats are needed to pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. On Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Museums often tell war stories, but an exhibit the Minnesota History Center just opened is more emotional than others. "This is our war," History Center Director Dan Spock said while touring the exhibit on the St.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled "once and for all" the federal health-care law dispute. The state's senior U.S. senator said the court put "the law above politics." Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far from over, especially in the political arena. "Settling this issue once and for all in court means real progress and security for families and children..." House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said. Health care politics will continue.
ST. PAUL -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is the law of the land. Until it isn't. That is the message Republicans are spreading and Democrats dreading in light of Thursday's 5-4 decision to uphold a new federal health-care law. Minutes after the ruling became public, both major parties distributed a frantic message: send money. Beyond that agreement, however, the federal law sharply divides Republicans and Democrats.
ST. PAUL -- More and more discussion centers on Tim Pawlenty becoming Mitt Romney's running mate, but at the same time, Ron Paul supporters are considering derailing traditional Republicans like the former Minnesota governor. Pawlenty gradually has changed his tune about whether he is interested in running for vice president. Last August, as soon as he left the presidential race, he said he was not interested in being vice president.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Senate committee will consider an $84,683.50 attorney bill dealing with a scandal that forced the former majority leader to resign. The Senate Rules Committee will be asked Wednesday to approve the bill for attorneys hired to prepare for a former Senate worker's lawsuit that has yet to be filed. Michael Brodkorb has said he will file a federal gender discrimination lawsuit. The Senate fired Brodkorb after Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, resigned her leadership position last December.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans a couple of weeks ago held a spirited, and sometimes raucous, convention to pick their U.S. Senate candidate. Democrats meet in Rochester Saturday in what is expected to be a quiet event. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders expect such a quiet event that they joke they will bring in dancing bears to liven things up. "There is not a lot of controversy," DFL Chairman Ken Martin said, not a common situation for his party. The party plans to endorse U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar for a second six-year term beginning at noon Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- Kurt Bills' family, and three day care children, backed him as he signed on the bottom line Tuesday to run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The Rosemount state representative's four children and wife greeted him outside the secretary of state's office before he filed paperwork to seek office. As if to punctuate his small-business background, his wife, Cindy, brought along three children they care for in their home. After signing up, Bills declared he supports a U.S. Rep. Rand Paul, R-Wis., plan to cap foreign aid at $5 billion, more than half of which for Israel.