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 -- Wind was a major topic on President Barack Obama's campaign swing through Iowa, and not by chance the White House released a report showing wind power use is growing. The report shows Minnesota produces the third most wind power, one of six states that meet at least 10 percent of their energy needs with wind. In Minnesota, that figure is 15 percent. Minnesota wind provides enough electricity to power nearly 680,000 homes.
ST. PAUL -- Individuals and small businesses recovering from summer storms would share in a disaster recovery bill lawmakers are discussing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Minnesota's request to help home and business owners, but a proposed nearly $190 million funding package from the Dayton administration includes more than $30 million of individual aid. Republicans a week ago said they had sticker shock over the proposal; they had expected something closer to $27 million.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants the federal Small Business Administration to make low-interest loans available to repair homes and businesses and businesses damaged by storms and flooding in June. Meanwhile, state leaders are aiming for a special legislative session Aug. 24 to deal with disaster aid. The governor said he hopes to have a written agreement among him and four legislative leaders Friday or by early next week at the latest that says the special session only will deal with disaster-relief legislation. "I believe we are on track," he said about the Aug.
St. Paul -- Mitt Romney picked a Midwestern politician for his running mate: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who many said was the likely Republican vice presidential candidate, told reporters he is not disappointed because he did not get involved in the Romney campaign to be a running mate. He is appearing in Romney campaign events this weekend and will be on two Sunday morning news shows on behalf of the GOP candidate. Romney's campaign Saturday announced the Ryan decision. His website said: "We are proud to announce Paul Ryan as Mitt's VP.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Farmers listening to the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate may not have understood just where they stood on some issues after a Farmfest forum, but they could not have missed two points: * Republican challenger Kurt Bills is a teacher, a fact he managed to work into nearly every answer during the 90-minute forum. * Democratic U.S. Sen.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Gov. Mark Dayton said he takes pills for his depression and stomach acid problems, but added a state senator lied about his pill popping. Republican Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca, running for U.S. House in southern Minnesota, called the incident "scary" as he spoke to a Brown County GOP fundraiser. Parry told his Monday audience Dayton took "15 or 16 pills" during a breakfast meeting earlier this year. His comments came to light in a video that the New Ulm Journal posted online. At Farmfest on Tuesday, he backed off the specific number.
ST. PAUL -- Mike Parry and Allen Quist have added some spice to an otherwise quiet Minnesota primary election campaign. The two candidates in southern Minnesota are fighting like cat and dog for the 1st Congressional District nomination after Republicans at a spring district convention could not decide between the two. To a lesser extent, a three-way Democratic congressional contest in the northeast and east-central 8th Congressional District has brought attention to the Aug.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota election officials say a recount is possible in Aug. 14 primary election state Supreme Court races. Four years ago, Minnesotans endured a lengthy U.S. Senate recount between Al Franken and Norm Coleman.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota has appealed a federal government decision not to provide financial aid for individuals recovering from June storms as legislators begin preparing for a special session to deal with recent storm costs. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is among the new Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees. Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday named Kelliher, who he beat in the 2010 primary election for governor, and five others to the board. Trustees govern 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities. Among those on the 15-member board are three students who serve two-year terms.