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's primary election likely will be a month earlier than normal so military personnel and other Americans overseas have plenty of time to cast their ballots. A bill cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday moving the primary to Aug. 10. Without a law change, the primary vote would be Sept. 14. "There has been an argument over how early it should be," Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, said, but a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers hammered out a compromise in recent months.
ST. PAUL -- Little has been discussed about using gambling to help balance the state budget, but that could change in coming weeks as lawmakers look to ways to plug a $1.2 billion immediate deficit and a much longer long-term problem. Even if this is not the year, some Capitol insiders say the concept will live next year when the budget looks even worse. On the 2010 Minnesota legislative session's first day Thursday, Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Some legislators are considering gambling revenue to balance the Minnesota budget, one of the few surprises Thursday as the 2010 legislation session began. Legislators' major job is to plug a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget, a budget with nearly a year and a half left.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators return to the state Capitol today for a session that promises to be little fun. Like the kid who gets clothes for Christmas, lawmakers will deal with the necessities, not the luxuries. And, frankly, there is but one overriding necessity on their minds: balance the state budget. People around the Capitol understand that.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's precinct caucus straw polls cemented Marty Seifert's front-running role in the Republican governor's race, but the picture remains fuzzy for Democrats. While Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- Two state representatives appeared poised to move away from other Republican governor candidates and several Democrats were battling for bragging rights Tuesday night as Minnesotans attending more than 8,000 neighborhood meetings began picking their favorites. Reps. Marty Seifert of Marshall and Tom Emmer of Delano roared out front of a seven-person GOP straw poll, with Seifert holding more than half of the vote in early unofficial results. Things were not as clear on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party side, although Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
ST. PAUL -- A decade and a half of wet weather means western and southern Minnesotans may face flooding this spring, but forecasters do not expect records like many communities saw in recent years. Chances of a record flood like Fargo-Moorhead residents fought last year are slim, but Minnesota officials and weather forecasters said that much of the state faces a flood threat.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS -- More governor candidates showed up for a massive Wednesday night debate than the average precinct caucus will host next week. And still, just two-thirds of the candidates planning to run this year were at the gathering, the biggest such forum Minnesota political observers remember. In front of hundreds of newspaper workers, candidates found some ways to separate themselves from each other. On local government aid, like most other issues, there was sharp division between Democrats and Republicans. Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Paul Thissen, a Twin Cities legislator, s