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 -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday afternoon, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown. "Until we have come to completion on the budget" those involved will not talk, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. Republican spokesmen said they knew of no further meetings planned among Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton, legislators and their staffs scurried to and fro throughout Friday and by the night the top budget negotiators said they made progress trying to avoid a government shutdown. "We had a very constructive day," Gov. Mark Dayton said of the day-long budget talks and negotiators plan to continue marathon negotiations today. The Democratic governor and legislative leaders refused to give details, but said after leaving the meeting Friday night that they had reached agreements on parts of many bills.
ST. PAUL -- A judge left no doubt today that if she allows the state to spend money without a budget, the authority will be limited and only granted because she has no other choice. Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County also took time to lecture the governor and lawmakers to complete a budget before a potential government shutdown on July 1 because "we are in a horrible, horrible dilemma." Gearin is expected to decide Friday if she will allow spending if Gov.
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ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders today blamed each other for a likely government shutdown on July 1. The governor said a Republican budget lawmakers passed would throw 140,000 Minnesotans of state-funded health-care programs, take away $370 in aid for each special education students and force tuition to rise as much as 12 percent.
ST. PAUL -- Ten days remain before the state budget runs dry, but no high-level budget talks have occurred since Thursday. Republican legislative leaders on Monday asked Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Twitter and other social media are becoming intertwined with politics. Two situations illustrated that in the past week, and showed the connection can be politically dangerous. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., got the most publicity on the topic after it was discovered he tweeted lewd photos of himself to women. He resigned Thursday over the scandal. Minnesota state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, received far less notoriety, but also lost a battle over a tweet.
ST. PAUL -- Optimism was in short supply around the Minnesota Capitol Friday, two weeks before a government shutdown could begin. No high-level budget discussions occurred, and none were expected this weekend after a Thursday disagreement between Democratic Gov.