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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Two Republican state senators on Thursday filed paperwork alleging Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has misled Minnesotans about a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photographic identification. Sens.
ST. PAUL -- A group of military veterans and family members plans to fight a proposal to define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution that effectively bans gay marriages. Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt of Rosemount, whose gay son died in Afghanistan last year, joined Tuesday in announcing the formation of Veterans United. "He died for the men and women who were on the road that day and he died for the Constitution," Wilfahrt said of his son, Cpl.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is going above and beyond: above her Capitol office and beyond what others in her job have done. Prettner Solon announced Thursday that she will skydive with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team on Tuesday to show support for military personnel. "The men and women of our armed forces put their lives in danger every day in defense of our freedom and our way of life," Prettner Solon said. "As Minnesotans, we owe military service members and their families our sincere gratitude and constant support.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans' Nov. 6 ballots will show two proposed constitutional amendments with the titles the Republican-controlled Legislature wanted. Four of six Minnesota Supreme Court justices ruled Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie exceeded his authority in rewriting titles of the two amendments. The court ordered the Legislature-written titles to appear on ballots. In another case, the same four justices ruled that the question voters will see on their ballots to require voters to produce photographic identification also will be as the Legislature wrote.
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 ...