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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MINNEAPOLIS -- The favorite old standby delivered a 38-minute speech. The young up-and-comer's speech was shorter than three minutes. The veteran speaker threw red political meat to his supporters. The rookie national politician thanked people for donating canned meat. Democratic former President Bill Clinton and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered different messages Tuesday in speeches along the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. Speaking in Minneapolis and Duluth, Clinton attacked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, which is known in political circles as throwing
State Rep. John Kriesel's dramatic speech in the Minnesota House opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is featured in a television commercial for amendment opponents Minnesotans United for All Families. The Cottage Grove lawmaker joined Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing as the only two Republicans to vote against the amendment, which will be in front of voters Nov. 6.
ST. PAUL -- Paul Wellstone lives on. A decade after he died in a northeastern Minnesota airplane crash, the U.S. senator's legacy remains strong and his namesake son is looking to make it stronger. More than two dozen buildings and programs are named after Wellstone. An organization carrying his name has visited all 50 states to train 55,000 candidates, campaign staff and community organizers in the late senator's unique style.
ST. PAUL -- Here are some issues related to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Minnesota voters to produce photographic identification before casting ballots: Process The Minnesota Constitution is amended when the Legislature passes a proposed amendment and a majority of voters in a general election approve it. The governor has no official role. The proposed amendment will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Politics: In general, Republicans support the amendment and Democrats oppose it. The GOP-controlled Legislature passed a photo ID bill in 2011, but Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Both sides in Minnesota's voter photo identification debate try to paint pictures about how life would look if the requirement passes Nov. 6, but the real picture has yet to be painted. If voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment, state legislators will take the brush to canvass next year to provide a detailed picture. Even before that picture is on display, those taking sides on the issue are saying how they think things would look in a voter ID world. For instance, cost estimates to implement voter ID range from a few million dollars to more than $100 million.
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.
ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov.