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 -- It almost is time to vote. Minnesotans may start voting Sept. 19. The early voting is not only for people who will be away from home on election day, but anyone can vote early under a new state law. Old law required an excuse such as being out of one's voting precinct on election day. Campaigns are pushing the early voting as a way to lock in their supporters. Take U.S. Sen. Al Franken, for instance.
ST. PAUL -- The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel's price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks. "The situation is very encouraging," Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday after meeting with about 50 people involved in the propane industry in St. Paul, with another 20 joining by telephone. Still, he added: "We're not out of the woods.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's new disaster fund may be enough to reimburse local governments for early-summer flood-fighting costs until legislators return to work Jan. 6. That is the gist of a Tuesday memorandum from the state finance commissioner and emergency management director. The total state and local government damage is pegged at $40.8 million, with the federal government due to pay 75 percent.
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Two U.S. House races in Minnesota are getting far more national attention than usual. ABC News lists House district campaigns across the northern and western parts of the state as two of the five most interesting races in the country. ABC’s Noah Weiland reports that “Republicans have admitted the GOP needs to change the perception of being a party of ‘stuffy old men,’ and this year’s crop of congressional candidates could help with that makeover ...
ST. PAUL -- Political challengers proposed debating incumbents. Incumbents pared down the challengers' lists. The governor sat motionless as two buckets of ice were dumped on him. It was a...
ST. PAUL -- The Republican who grew up in greater Minnesota and now is a Hennepin County commissioner declared a primary election victory Tuesday night, setting up a race with...
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.