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 — 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin officials say they are close to an agreement designed to return to simpler times when people who live in one state and work in the other only file one state income tax return. Legislators from both states told revenue department officials they want the issue settled sooner rather than later. Revenue officials say most details have been worked out to restore the program, but Minnesota's revenue commissioner said he needs to make sure his state does not lose money. Minnesota Gov.