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 -- The Pawlenty administration is making plans to manage the state budget in case this week's Minnesota Supreme Court ruling leads to a run on state funds. Gov. Tim Pawlenty Friday ordered his commissioners to figure out payments they can delay. He gave them no deadline, but said they understood the urgency of the order, given the fact that the Legislature must adjourn by May 17.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A bill Minnesota representatives passed late Tuesday continues to trim the state's largest spending area, health and human services programs. The House bill, which passed 79-54, would cut a variety of health programs, mostly for poor Minnesotans, by $170 million on top of $147 million lawmakers and Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lorna Beyers woke up Saturday morning with a tough decision: Should she pin on a Tom Emmer button? It seems to be a little thing, but thousands of rural Minnesota Republicans face Beyers' decision.
ST. PAUL -- It is fourth and long for a new Vikings stadium, and on Monday legislative quarterbacks dropped back for a last-minute hail Mary pass. The defense is strong: The governor does not like new taxes included in a proposal released Monday, the Vikings have serious concerns and time is running out. But like any Vikings fan watching a tight game knows, anything is possible. A bill spelling out how to pay for a $791 million Minnesota Vikings football stadium was announced Monday by four lawmakers from outside the Twin Cities.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Conservative political activists know Tom Emmer, but as the Republican candidate for governor he now plans to introduce himself to a wider audience. "This is where it all begins," Emmer shouted to nearly 2,000 Minnesota Republican convention delegates late Friday afternoon, moments after he gained the party's endorsement. Emmer's victory over fellow state Rep. Marty Seifert came stunningly quickly, after the convention's second ballot showed Emmer with 56 percent support to Seifert's 44 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sarah Palin added excitement to the Minnesota Republican convention Thursday night by endorsing Tom Emmer for governor. "A patriotic fiscally conservative 'hockey dad' who got his start in politics by serving on his local city councils is running for governor of the great state of Minnesota," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It took Republicans until 3 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- An Illinois native who ran Newt Gingrich's office after he became U.S. House speaker is Minnesota governor candidate Rep. Tom Emmer's running mate. Emmer, a Delano Republican, Tuesday picked Annette Meeks as his lieutenant governor candidate three days before the Republican state convention is to endorse a ticket. Meeks runs the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota conservative think tank.