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 — Gov. Mark Dayton walked out of a meeting he chairs Tuesday, Nov. 29, over a battle about whether Civil War paintings should hang in his office. "It has been a deeply distressing issue for me," Dayton said, claiming Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, wishes to return six paintings to the governor's office once the state Capitol building restoration finishes next year is rooted in political ambitions.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans supported a constitutional amendment establishing a 16-member independent panel to determine state legislator pay. With all 4,120 precincts reporting, unofficial returns from Tuesday, Nov. 8, showed nearly 77 percent of voters approved.
ST. PAUL — The opening of individual health insurance policy sales Tuesday, Nov. 1, was greeted by a robocall effort to block people from reaching the state agency selling policies and by late morning about 70 state websites had occasional outages. It was not immediately known if the automated calls and website woes were related.
The speaker said he expects the governor to call him so they can begin working together on solving the problem, adding that he would be waiting by the telephone for a call. But Dayton's office had little to say about it. "We are not going to dignify this temper tantrum with a response," spokesman Linden Zakula said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he is ready to move on from a dustup with Gov. Mark Dayton, but he hinted Monday that irritation remains...
ST. PAUL -- Jeffrey Weise shot and killed his grandfather on March 21, 2005, and tried to load a semi-automatic rifle. But former FBI agent John Egelhof told a Minnesota House committee Wednesday that the rifle, the type that would be banned under a bill state lawmakers are considering, jammed and Weise was forced to use less- efficient guns when he went to a school in in northwestern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature today overwhelmingly approved $168 million in new state aid for communities damaged by summer floods and wind storms. The House voted 125-3 for the measure, with the Senate following 60-7. The entire special session took less than two hours, and an expected House Republican protest regarding the actions of Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Individuals and small businesses recovering from summer storms would share in a disaster recovery bill lawmakers are discussing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Minnesota's request to help home and business owners, but a proposed nearly $190 million funding package from the Dayton administration includes more than $30 million of individual aid. Republicans a week ago said they had sticker shock over the proposal; they had expected something closer to $27 million.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's campaign season officially began today. As she has for five elections, Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, stayed overnight on her lawn chair in a hallway outside the secretary of state's office to be first in line to file candidate paperwork. Before the office opened at 8 a.m., three others also were in line, the first of many throughout Minnesota to file for federal, state, local and judicial offices by 5 p.m. June 5. Peppin and other candidates said that being early shows voters how deeply they care about their races. Being first is a tradition for Peppin.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House approved a new Vikings stadium late Monday. The 73-58 vote sends it to the Senate, where it could be debated Tuesday or Wednesday. The $975 million proposal funded in part by charitable gambling taxes would be the largest single project the Legislature ever has approved. If the Senate also passes the measure, it likely would be handed to negotiators to work out differences between the two bills and the House and Senate would vote on the stadium again in a few days. "The people of Minnesota, fans, they want us to do something," Rep. Morrie Lanning said.