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 Gov. Mark Dayton, who collapsed while delivering his State of the State address on Monday, announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but plans to continue working while undergoing treatment. "I want to give Minnesotans assurances that I am functioning normally, which I feel like I am," he said.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is tired of dealing with Wisconsin about income taxes. So Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, drew up a provision he plans to insert into his tax bill this year that would reimburse Minnesotans who pay higher taxes working in Wisconsin than if they worked in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is bringing back a public works funding bill much like he offered last year, proposing to spend $1.5 billion on projects ranging from water treatment plants to fixing college buildings. "These projects have a direct economic benefit," the governor told reporters in a conference call Wednesday.
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.