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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LITTLE CANADA, Minn. -- Minnesota emergency services personnel will be trained and equipped in a few years to deal with oil train disasters, but the governor worries about what could happen before then. "If the accident would just wait for two years, three years, four years, boy, would we be ready," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should not need to wait in long lines at today's primary election. With a few exceptions where local races are exciting voters, low turnout is predicted...
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Republicans have courted Minnesota Iron Range voters by strongly supporting proposed copper-nickel mines as a new way to make money from the land. In recent months, GOP candidates have made visit after visit to the normally Democratic northeastern part of the state, blasting Democrats for not fully jumping on board with the mines. Then, at Farmfest in the opposite corner of the state, Republican-endorsed U.S.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Minnesota normally leads the country in November election turnout, but the talk in political circles is that Tuesday's primary election could produce a near record-low turnout...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a storage facility that could ease a second straight winter propane shortage. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said the corps approved the 1 million-gallon facility at “record speed” so it will be ready for this fall’s harvest. However, Klobuchar said while touring Farmfest exhibits that the facility will only make up a third of the propane transportation capacity lost when the owners of a pipeline decided to no longer move propane through it.
Jeff Johnson may feel like other Republican governor candidates are picking on him. In an interview, Johnson made it clear that he was not happy that Scott Honour was critical of him in particular. Then, during a Duluth radio station debate when candidates had a chance to ask each other questions, he told businessman Honour: “You have gotten a bit negative.” Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, asked him to say something positive about the other candidates.
Four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor struggled to point out differences among themselves to more than 1,000 farmers and agribusiness workers at a Farmfest forum Tuesday, but had no problem criticizing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for skipping the event. Marty Seifert repeatedly reminded the audience attending the traditional candidate forum that “I grew up a couple miles down the road” and he is “the only rural candidate.” He got the most applause from the crowd.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's major Republican governor candidates have sounded a lot like four peas in a pod, showing few policy differences. However, when asked about how they would deal with areas of the state outside the Twin Cities, some splits begin to surface. Those questions especially show a stark difference between Orono businessman Scott Honour, a first-time candidate, and three veteran politicians.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota's four major Republican governor candidates went into heavily Democratic Duluth on Thursday to support mining and timber. On most issues, Jeff Johnson, Kurt Zellers, Scott Honour and Marty Seifert sounded more alike than different during a WDSM radio's "Sound Off" forum. But they showed subtle differences. All support the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range and like the idea of making it easier to log northern Minnesota timber. And the quartet agreed that Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A federal court Thursday said a vote to organize a union for some Minnesota home day care providers can be scheduled. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals...