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 — An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline. Honor the Earth officials say the Sandpiper pipeline is planned to go near or through some of the most environmentally fragile areas of the state, including the country’s largest wild rice bed. Enbridge, Inc.
ST. PAUL — The looks on Minnesota legislators’ faces before they began a holiday break told the story: They are tired. The 201 legislators put in long hours the past couple of weeks debating and initially passing pretty much every major bill of the 2014 session, often going well after dark just as spring presents Minnesotans with longer days. When asked about what would happen after the Legislature returns on April 22 following an Easter-Passover break, Rep. Dan Schoen, D-St.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved a second tax-cut bill that pretty much matches the total dollar number of tax breaks representatives approved earlier, but the two chambers go different routes to get there. Senators voted 57-6 for their $100 million tax-break measure, which spreads the money around to a wide variety of taxes.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s minimum wage is about to rise. After the House passed 71-60 a higher minimum wage Thursday, it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to...
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton put pen on paper 15 hours after final legislative approval of an anti-bullying bill, enacting a new law requiring schools to have bullying prevention policies and providing guidance about how they would be written. Dayton signed the bill late Wednesday afternoon in front of many legislators and dozens of the bill’s other supporters. “Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about who they are,” Dayton said. The House passed the bill 69-63 early Wednesday, following nearly 12 hours of debate.
ST. PAUL — Supporters of raising the state minimum wage say a bill senators passed Wednesday would boost 357,000 Minnesotans’ pay. The measure that passed 35-31 would raise the wage...
ST. PAUL -- A bill written to prevent school bullying across Minnesota appears headed into law. Representatives early today approved a bill 69-63 to require school districts to establish rules...
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state representatives could face a decision later this legislative session about whether to approve marijuana for medical use, even though a medical marijuana bill is stalled. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, plans to offer an amendment that would allow medical marijuana. He wants it placed on an overall health bill. While the health bill was scheduled for debate today, House leaders are postponing its consideration in light of the Garofalo amendment. A bill by Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, is stuck in a committee, and Gov.