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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Democratic state representative with long police career wants apologies from two Republican lawmakers who accused a law enforcement officer of lying after he claimed they were kissing in an Eagan park.
A federal judge says sex offenders have rights, too, and told state officials either make the Minnesota Sex Offender Program constitutional or he may release some offenders.
ST. PAUL -- Well-financed Mike McFadden won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election, and is set to face U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the Nov. 4 election. The secretary of state's office reported that McFadden had 72 percent of the vote with nearly all votes counted. After being declared the winner, McFadden said Minnesotans are frustrated with the federal government.
ST. PAUL -- A Republican with greater Minnesota roots who is a Hennepin County commissioner won the governor nomination Tuesday in his party's primary election. Jeff Johnson told supporters after winning that he has a tough race ahead of him because Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will be a good opponent.
ST. PAUL -- Providing financial aid to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating bills in this polar vortex of a winter came first as the state Legislature launched its 2014 session Tuesday, with work also beginning on an effort to cut $600 million in taxes. The session's opening day brought hundreds to rally in favor of a Democratic plan to raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. The House and Senate acted Tuesday to restart negotiations on raising the wage from the current $6.15 after their efforts failed last year.
Expect a minimum wage increase, but no tax increase, when Minnesota legislators return to St. Paul for the year at noon Tuesday.
The person most discussed as Gov. Mark Dayton's running mate says she is not interested.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Patrol closed southbound Interstate 35 near Forest Lake, Minn., this morning as up to 30 cars spun out or were involved in crashes during a heavy snow that made the rush hour more of a slow hour for Twin Cities commuters.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court this afternoon tossed out a lawsuit challenging the financing of a new Vikings stadium, averting a situation that Gov. Mark Dayton said could have stopped construction. Justices dismissed the suit that sought to prohibit the state from selling bonds to finance the downtown Minneapolis stadium. Earlier today, Dayton said that if the high court did not rule immediately, that dreams of stadium construct could be “destroyed.”