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 — Most Minnesota representatives agree that the state owes people wrongly convicted for crimes. The House voted 121-2 Monday to provide up to $100,000 a year to people wrongly imprisoned and up to $50,000 for people put on supervisory release after they were improperly convicted. They also would receive a certificate from the state indicating they should not have been convicted. Rep. John Lesch, D-St.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session Tuesday battling the polar vortex. Less than an hour after the session started at noon, the House voted 133-0 to provide a $20 million boost to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating costs this winter. Rural lawmakers stood one after another saying their constituents are hurting as temperatures have remained bitterly cold for most of the year. The bill written by Rep.
WASHINGTON -- A pipeline company promises it will ship more propane to the Midwest and Northeast. The action comes after the Obama administration responded to dozens of lawmakers and governors who demanded action as propane prices soared and temperatures plummeted.
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. Tough road conditions extended well beyond the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that most roads east and south of St. Cloud featured difficult driving conditions.
Meteorologists say that what they call a “polar vortex,” and the rest of us call bitterly cold weather, is beginning to ease up in the Upper Midwest. That means the...
ST. PAUL — Congress appears set to approve a pair of provisions that could stop, or at least slow, the Asian carp invasion of Minnesota waterways. In the House-passed water bill are provisions to close the Upper St.
Minnesota Vikings football season ticket holders will contribute $100 million toward a new stadium by purchasing seat licenses and team owners will pay the same amount from their own pockets under an agreement signed Thursday night.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Bennett family was well prepared for searing heat at the Minnesota State Fair. The frozen grapes, plentiful water, white T-shirts, changes of clothes and extra deodorant helped, but were not enough to make the Rice Lake, Wis., family actually cool Tuesday. "Just waiting for ice cream," dad Greg Bennett said. Carter Bennett, 13, suggested a way to beat the heat: "The haunted house is air conditioned."
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's largest public employee union is moving ahead with plans to organize child care providers who receive state subsidies after a federal judge tossed out a pair of lawsuits seeking to stop the work. But officials of AFSCME Council 5 have no prediction about when it could hold an election to authorize child care workers joining the union. "Right now we are busy visiting with 12,700 child care providers," AFSCME spokeswoman Jennifer Munt said Monday. "That will take some time."
ST. PAUL -- Pay attention to the Minnesota state budget: There will be a test. The test comes Nov. 4, 2014, the next general election. That is when voters decide whether to retain Democratic control of the House and governor's office, or to give Republicans another chance. (Senate seats are not on the ballot until 2016.) Signs are that the 2014 vote will be a contest between the Republican budget of the past two years and a newly enacted Democratic budget that ends in 2015.