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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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.
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.