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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MINNEAPOLIS -- The favorite old standby delivered a 38-minute speech. The young up-and-comer's speech was shorter than three minutes. The veteran speaker threw red political meat to his supporters. The rookie national politician thanked people for donating canned meat. Democratic former President Bill Clinton and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered different messages Tuesday in speeches along the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. Speaking in Minneapolis and Duluth, Clinton attacked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, which is known in political circles as throwing
ST. PAUL -- Paul Wellstone lives on. A decade after he died in a northeastern Minnesota airplane crash, the U.S. senator's legacy remains strong and his namesake son is looking to make it stronger. More than two dozen buildings and programs are named after Wellstone. An organization carrying his name has visited all 50 states to train 55,000 candidates, campaign staff and community organizers in the late senator's unique style.
ST. PAUL -- Kurt Bills dumped several books on a table in his U.S. Senate campaign office, declaring they were his plan to fix the federal budget. He said those documents provided a "starting point," admitting that key provisions such as eliminating the Education Department likely would be dropped in negotiations. Amy Klobuchar touted her vote on the Budget Control Act that would chop $2.2 trillion in federal spending over 10 years as her starting point. She insisted that Congress work on the issue after the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Both sides in Minnesota's voter photo identification debate try to paint pictures about how life would look if the requirement passes Nov. 6, but the real picture has yet to be painted. If voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment, state legislators will take the brush to canvass next year to provide a detailed picture. Even before that picture is on display, those taking sides on the issue are saying how they think things would look in a voter ID world. For instance, cost estimates to implement voter ID range from a few million dollars to more than $100 million.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie uses state funds to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photographic identification, two Republican state senators allege in a complaint filed Thursday. Sens. Scott Newman of Hutchinson and Mike Parry of Waseca asked the state Office of Administrative Hearings to find that Ritchie also misleads Minnesotans about the proposal, to be decided by voters Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon smiled all 12,800 feet down from an Army airplane Tuesday, becoming the first state executive to parachute onto the Capitol mall. "It is a magnificent view," she said after her feet were firmly planted on the ground. The 66-year-old Duluth woman continued her smiling as she was peppered with questions, saying that she would jump from an airplane again "now that I know what it is like." Prettner Solon made her first skydive, in tandem with Amy Sgt.
ST. PAUL -- A group of military veterans and family members plans to fight a proposal to define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution that effectively bans gay marriages. Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt of Rosemount, whose gay son died in Afghanistan last year, joined Tuesday in announcing the formation of Veterans United. "He died for the men and women who were on the road that day and he died for the Constitution," Wilfahrt said of his son, Cpl.
ST. PAUL -- Duluth Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief after the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered state Rep. Kerry Gauthier's name replaced on the Nov. 6 ballot. Tuesday's order means Erik Simonson will not be forced to run as a write-in candidate, a change that enhances his chances in a state House race with a Republican and a write-in candidate.
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