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 — The Minnesota House lit up fireworks legislation Monday, but Senate Democrats and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to douse the red glare. The House voted 73-56 Monday to allow the same type of fireworks in Minnesota that residents now travel to Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota to buy to celebrate Independence Day. "This takes significant steps for Minnesotans to show their national pride," said bill sponsor Rep. Jason Rarick, decked out in a bright fireworks tie.
ST. PAUL -- Giving all Minnesotans equal access to high-speed Internet and promoting racial economic equality are Gov. Mark Dayton's top requests in seeking a $700 million budget boost. Each would cost $100 million.
ST. PAUL — Presidential candidates have given Minnesota a bit more love than usual this year as the state holds its precinct caucuses on a day when more presidential nomination delegates will be picked than any other. It is a day that could make or break a campaign. As part of Super Tuesday with a dozen other states on March 1, Minnesota will play a larger role than most years. “When you show up and vote on caucus night, you will help determine how many votes for each candidate are earned in Minnesota,” state Republican Chairman Keith Downey said.
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.