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 -- Sen. Tom Bakk will be the Minnesota Senate's leader and Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove will be the deputy leader. A tweet from inside a closed meeting Thursday gave the expected news that Bakk, DFL-Cook, will be the majority leader. He was to meet with reporters later in the day. Sieben's position puts her in a key leadership spot as Democrats retake control of the Senate. Democratic senators and senators-elect met at the St. Paul Hotel this afternoon to pick leaders and celebrate taking control of the Senate in Tuesday's election.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats will control Minnesota's Legislature for the next two years, with a governor of their party on their side. It will be the first time in decades that Democrats have controlled all three entities. Tuesday's election reversed the voters' decision of two years ago to put Republicans in charge of the Legislature. With the GOP in legislative control and liberal Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Chip Cravaack gained national attention two years ago when he upset long-time U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, but early Wednesday he lost to a congressman who served three decades ago. Democrat Rick Nolan upset Cravaack in a razor-thin win. Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar breezed to an easy re-election victory Tuesday and most U.S. House members from Minnesota won. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Since a state law remains on the books, the vote does not automatically allow same-sex weddings. However, with a newly elected Democratic-Farmer-Laborite Legislature and governor, the subject is bound to be debated when lawmakers take office in January. Thirty other states approved the proposal when voters were asked.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters do not want to prove who they are. Forty-six percent of voters Tuesday wanted to amend the state Constitution to require a photo ID before voting, but 50 percent was needed. The Minnesota vote went against a trend in other states to approve voter ID. Election officials said they know of little voter fraud and said the constitutional amendment would cost millions of dollars, but supporters said that democracy demands fair elections.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar breezed to an easy re-election victory Tuesday and most U.S. House members from Minnesota won. However, House races with Republican Reps. Chip Cravaack and Michele Bachmann remained close late Tuesday. Winning U.S. Representatives included Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, John Kline, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Erik Paulsen. The 8th Congressional District in the northeastern quarter of Minnesota that featured first-term GOP U.S. Cravaack and former Democratic U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's U.S. Senate debate, if it did nothing else, showed the political distance between the two candidates. Republican challenger Kurt Bills added distance between his views and those of U.S. Sen.