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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U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken worry that reduced federal heating assistance for poor Minnesotans will leave too many cold homes as temperatures begin to dip to traditional winter levels. The Minnesota Democrats report that the program known as LIHEAP only has enough funding to serve 20 percent of eligible households. The two wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging the administration to increase funding. “During cold Minnesota winters, being able to heat your home isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Klobuchar said.
ST. PAUL -- The top priority for many rural Minnesota legislators is to improve state funding sent to elderly and disabled care programs. House speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, puts that in his top three priorities -- along with transportation and education -- and most rural members agree. Not only are such programs good for the people they serve, but lawmakers say nursing homes and other care programs are among the biggest businesses in many rural communities. Rural nursing homes, which are closing in increasing numbers, often serve as training locations for nurses, Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Let's face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes. The answer is a resounding maybe...
ST. PAUL -- Memories of 2011 remain fresh for Mark Dayton. That was when Dayton, Minnesota's Democratic governor, faced a conservative Republican Legislature and as time ran out the two sides could not agree on a state budget, throwing Minnesota into a three-week government shutdown.
Republicans who will control the Minnesota House next year angered Democrats by leaving a strong environmentalist off the environmental committee. House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, released a list of committee members Thursday night, and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee list did not include Rep. Jean Wagenius, D-Minneapolis.
ST. PAUL -- Privacy advocates want legislators to regulate drones flying over Minnesota's landscape. "As it now stands, it is a little bit of the wild west," Jay Stanley of...
It is hard to talk long to any Minnesota official without hearing about North Dakota. The reason? Oil that is, black gold, Bakken tea. The first thing you know, old...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is one polar vortex away from a winter energy crisis. With a warm-up predicted for coming days, bitter cold may be a memory, but experts say...
ST. PAUL -- Advocates for Minnesota's elderly and disabled are back at the state Capitol asking for money on top of new funding they just received. Legislators earlier this year granted a 5 percent increase to many programs for the elderly and disabled. Now, community-based programs for those groups want another 5 percent boost. "It stopped the hemorrhaging," state Sen. Kent Eken, D-Twin Valley, said Monday about the earlier increase, adding that more is needed. "We haven't been keeping up with inflation," he said. "In fact, not even half." The bill Eken and Rep.