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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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.
DULUTH -- Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention delegates will whittle down the Minnesota governor's race this weekend, but will not pick their November election candidate. Regardless of what happens at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, DFLers likely will face at least four names on their Aug. 10 primary election ballots because some candidates say they will ignore delegates and challenge the convention endorsee. Still, about 1,400 convention delegates will eliminate many big names in balloting scheduled to start Saturday morning.
ST. PAUL -- Everyone who matters seems to be saying they want to make education reforms required by the Obama administration so Minnesota can get additional federal funding, but it remains very much a question if that can be achieved. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wants GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty to discard his long-standing policy to not appear in front of a legislative committee. Pogemiller said he hopes Pawlenty will attend a Tuesday morning hearing that education chairmen Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, and Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota lawmakers say they have found a way to prevent closing physical and mental health facilities serving the disabled, mentally ill, chemically dependent and those with brain injuries. They would spend $17 million in federal and state money to keep the facilities open at least temporarily. Some lawmakers say the goal is to fund the programs until Gov. Tim Pawlenty leaves office, with the hope that the governor who takes office next January will be more friendly toward the programs. Sen.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- It was a dark and quiet night. A really quiet night. A little travel trailer and one small tent were the only camping units occupying any of the 62 campsites at Pattison State Park south of Superior on a recent night. The next night was just as lonely. Most people do not experience such quietness in state park campgrounds. Campers tend to wait for the warmest three months of the year to pitch their tents, pull in their trailers or park their massive motor homes in campgrounds.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are waiting for Congress before cutting the state budget any further. Before leaving for a week-long Easter-Passover break, legislative leaders said they would immediately begin making the second phase of budget cuts when they got back to work. They returned on Tuesday and by week's end had postponed formal work on the budget. "We are kind of in a holding pattern here, seeing what happens in Washington," House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.