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 -- Fewer Minnesotans are smoking. The Department of Health Thursday reported that new study results show smoking fell 14.4 percent since 2010. “We know that many factors, including...
ST. PAUL — Let’s face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes. The answer is a resounding maybe...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years. State officials announced this morning that better-than-expected revenues are expected to give the state budget $1 billion bigger than previous predictions. Revenues are expected to be up compared to a February version of the revenue report.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won one final victory Tuesday to cap his nearly 40-year career as a public servant. Dayton beat Republican Jeff Johnson. With about 90 percent of precincts reporting, Dayton held a 50 percent to 44 percent lead, with his lead gradually narrowing as rural precincts were counted. "Let us all begin again to build a better Minnesota, beginning tomorrow," Dayton said as he accepted his victory at 11:19 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is no laughing matter to Minnesota Republicans after winning his re-election contest Tuesday, and doing it much easier than his first election in 2008. With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, returns showed the former "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedian led Republican Mike McFadden 54 percent to 42 percent. In accepting the victory late Tuesday, Franken said that every day Minnesotans "inspire and motivate me to work even harder."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials will allow people coming from countries affected by Ebola more freedom than controversial rules enacted by some states. The Minnesota rules require quarantines for people who have exposed while treating Ebola patients, even if they themselves do not show symptoms of the often-deadly virus, but others will mostly be free to move around the state.
DULUTH — Minnesota’s leaders want federal help to ease railroad delays. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Gov.
ST. PAUL — A soybean farmers from southwestern Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others, came to the same conclusion: Significant railroad delays throughout the Upper Midwest are hurting nearly everyone. Bill Gordon, who farms near Worthington, told a joint Tuesday meeting of five Minnesota legislative committees that the state should consider allowing heavier trucks on Minnesota roads and shippers should make more use of the Duluth harbor to ease a crush on railroads. U.S.
ST. PAUL — The most-discussed greater Minnesota issue in the race between U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Mike McFadden, by far, is whether to allow a nickel-copper mine to open...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's two major candidates for governor will debate five times before the Nov. 4 election. Campaigns for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson have been going back and forth about debates since shortly after Johnson won the Aug. 12 primary election. They reached agreement on the debates earlier this month. Johnson originally sought more than a dozen debates, but Dayton said he would participate in six, after being in about 30 when he ran for governor four years ago.