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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FALCON HEIGHTS -- A crowd gathered around U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Minnesota State Fair booth, cheering like at a campaign rally. At the same time, her challenger, Kurt Bills, was not far away talking one-on-one with the few fair visitors at his booth. The contrast showed a difference in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. Polls indicate Democrat Klobuchar is the state's most popular politician; Republican Bills is a relative unknown just finishing his first two-year term in the Minnesota House.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Amy Klobuchar and Kurt Bills shared broad smiles and agreed it was hot. But then the two U.S. Senate candidates took to a Minnesota State Fair stage Thursday in what proved to be a feisty debate during which they agreed on little. Bills, a Republican state representative from Rosemount, said Klobuchar is a politician, but he is an average American. "This election is really not Republican vs. Democrat anymore, it is America vs.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Rare is the Minnesotan who has not seen videos of fish leaping out of water and hitting boaters. Word has spread across the state in the last couple of years about the invading Asian carp seen in those videos and the damage they could cause native fish.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Fair-goers stopped chomping their pronto pups, union members paused their chats with visitors and people left exhibits and food booths. They took a few minutes away from the fun and games of the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday to honor military personnel as they paraded across the fairgrounds.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans' Nov. 6 ballots will show two proposed constitutional amendments with the titles the Republican-controlled Legislature wanted. Four of six Minnesota Supreme Court justices ruled Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie exceeded his authority in rewriting titles of the two amendments. The court ordered the Legislature-written titles to appear on ballots. In another case, the same four justices ruled that the question voters will see on their ballots to require voters to produce photographic identification also will be as the Legislature wrote.
ST. PAUL -- Joe Biden is ready to give up his job. Well, only if he could become a high school football player. The vice president made a surprise stop at South Minneapolis high school football practice after delivering a 37-minute speech to a campaign rally. "Hey guys, how're you doing? My name's Joe Biden," the vice president said as he approached the team. Biden, a U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Biden said differences between presidential candidates are bigger this year than ever, and while in Minnesota Tuesday he did not hesitate pointing them out. "This country faces one of the starkest choices in my memory," the vice president said during a 37-minute rally speech on behalf of him and his boss, President Barack Obama. The Democratic ticket is the answer to the country's economic problems, Biden said, strongly attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. "Clearly, Republican obstructionism has slowed our progress, but it ha
ST. PAUL -- The Democratic Minnesota House leader wants Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, to leave the Legislature after police reports indicate he and a teen-aged boy had oral sex at a highway rest area. "As I shared with Rep. Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election," House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a Monday statement. Gauthier was released from St. Luke's hospital in Duluth on Saturday and Thissen said he talked to the lawmaker after that. "I am deeply disappointed with Rep.
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.