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 legislators will return to St. Paul on Friday to approve $168 million in disaster relief for floods and other storm damage in June and July. An agreement Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders signed at 11:27 a.m. today allows no other action during the session, which must end by 7 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- The judge who led a panel that redrew political district lines earlier this year soon will be Minnesota's first female African-American Supreme Court justice. State Appeals Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright is Gov. Mark Dayton's pick to replace just-retired Justice Helen Meyer. "I stand here on the shoulders of so many," Wright said after Dayton announced her appointment Monday. The 48-year-old St. Paul resident singled out Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on Minnesota's Supreme Court, and Alan Page, the high court's first African-American.
ST. PAUL -- Mike Parry and Allen Quist have added some noise to an otherwise quiet Minnesota primary election campaign. The two candidates in southern Minnesota are fighting like cat and dog for the 1st Congressional District nomination after Republicans at a spring district convention could not decide between the two. To a lesser extent, a three-way Democratic congressional contest in the northeast and east-central 8th Congressional District has brought attention to the Tuesday, Aug.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Gov. Mark Dayton says he takes pills for his depression and stomach acid problems, but adds that a state senator lied about his pill popping. Republican Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca, running for U.S. House in southern Minnesota, called the incident "scary" as he spoke to a Brown County GOP fundraiser. Parry told his Monday audience that that Dayton took "15 or 16 pills" during a breakfast meeting earlier this year. His comments came to light in a video that the New Ulm Journal posted online. At Farmfest on Tuesday, he backed off the specific number.
It's a story 2,000 years old: People read the same words in the Bible, but come up with different conclusions. That is center to a debate about amending the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The bottom-line difference is about whether religious doctrine allows gays to marry. To the Rev. Jeff Evans, there is no doubt the amendment follows God's wishes. It is, he said, an issue "the Gospels are very, very clear on." Those who oppose the amendment, Evans said, are just following parts of the Bible with which they agree. "If you cut and paste ...
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's stepmother has died. Marie V. (Dockendorf) Pawlenty, 87, was a Cottage Grove resident who married Pawlenty's father, Gene, in 1981, although they had met and dated 40 years earlier. They married after their first spouses died. She died June 28 and was buried Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in St.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- First-term state Rep. Kurt Bills is the Minnesota Republican Party's pick to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Bills won on the second ballot with 1,353 votes, well ahead of Pete Hegseth with 439 and Dan Severson's 3`6. The high school school economics teacher from Rosemount told 2,000 state convention delegates he is like David fighting the Goliath of Klobuchar and other Washington Democrats. "I humbly ask you to send me to Washington to defeat the giants," he said. Endorsing the Senate candidate was Friday's convention highlight.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gather in St. Cloud this morning, with the official main event picking a candidate to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. But the main undercurrent may be how Ron Paul supporters do at the Friday and Saturday state convention. How strong presidential candidate Paul is among delegates likely will affect the Senate race. Estimates of the number of Minnesota Paul delegates range from a third to nearly a half of the 2,000-some Republicans at the River's Edge Convention Center. "Ron Paul is a big factor in this race," Minnesota U.S.