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 - Nick Tow-Arnett knows Sept. 12 will be a special day. That is when the Redwood Falls, Minn., native and his teammates first run into the new University of Minnesota football stadium to play a game. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound senior tight end knows the TCF Bank Stadium will offer a different feel than he has experienced down the street in the Metrodome. "It's absolutely ridiculous when you walk in there," Tow-Arnett said. "It is absolutely amazing. The field is phenomenal. You can see all of the Minneapolis buildings and stuff through the horseshoe. It looks sweet.
ST. PAUL - One headline said Gov. Tim Pawlenty "declined" an invitation to meet with current and former governors and legislative leaders. Another said he "rejected" the idea. It was more like he tore up the invitation into little bits and threw it away. Then burned it. And buried the ashes. Figuratively, at least. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, both Minneapolis Democrats, invited Pawlenty and all former governors, majority leaders and speakers to a summit to discuss economic woes the state faces.
ST. PAUL - With light music and a soothing voice in the background, a content couple leaps into the air and another happy couple sits in a meadow amid wildflowers. To any television viewer, it appears to be a commercial for the latest wonder drug, available only by prescription. But upon closer examination, this "Reforma" being promoted is President Barack Obama's health-care reform plan and the script is a biting criticism of it. "Consult your congressman or senator now," the male announcer intones. "'Reforma.' Side effects include bureaucratic waste and delay.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republicans stopped a straw poll for governor half-way through the annual Farmfest event. "A straw poll was started but stopped because the state chair had not authorized it," state Republican spokesman Mark Drake said. "We didn't want to take attention away from our sanctioned state convention poll in October." Governor candidate state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall, who grew up near the Farmfest grounds, said he was told the poll was halted "apparently because it favored me. ...
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ST. PAUL - Clunkers being traded in at Minnesota car dealers may have run smoother than a couple parts of the federal cash-for-clunkers program. But the problems are being fixed, the U.S. transportation secretary Tuesday assured Sen.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's new U.S. senator has received rave reviews from many in his nearly a month in Washington. One of the most recent was a contributor to a prominent political blog. "A Senate star is born" reads the headline on Doug Kendall's Huffington Post Web site contribution. Kendall extensively quotes from a Sen. Al Franken speech of a few days ago supporting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dave St. Peter walked the Metrodome concourse, the only man in a suit and tie among 32,000 heading to their seats, buying Dome dogs, picking through T-shirts and doing whatever else baseball fans do just before the Minnesota Twins take the field. He took a right turn and walked into the stands, heading down the steps to see how pre-game activities were going. Within seconds, he spotted a former classmate from St. Mary's High School in Bismarck, N.D. Karen Nathe, her family at her side, enjoyed catching up with her classmate, who has been the Twins' president since 2002.