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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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis women who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial struggles will share her thoughts with him when he visits the Twin Cities Thursday. The president's Thursday visit originally was announced to be for a Thursday evening fundraiser, but it has expanded into a full day and also will include a public Friday event.
ST. PAUL -- Sunshine improved many water-logged Minnesotans' spirits Monday, but a flood fight may continue all summer for some. With damage reports flowing in, state elected officials Monday extended...
ST. PAUL -- The final day Minnesotans could file for political offices was a busy one Tuesday: A gas leak forced the secretary of state's office to accept paperwork outside, a western Minnesota congressional candidate rushed to St. Paul to meet the deadline, a one-time Democratic governor candidate criticized his party's state auditor when he filed to replace her, and there will be a Republican primary election race for U.S. Senate. The Minnesota secretary of state's office closed at exactly 5 p.m. despite the late flurry of activity.
ST. PAUL -- Minneapolis is in the final eight and hopes to snare the Final Four with the help of two national champions. It's no slam dunk, but state leaders...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's 2014 election campaign really got underway Monday. Republicans were looking to make a dent in Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party domination of state government, while Democrats sought ways to keep almost total power in state government. Both sides expressed optimism as they launched campaigns after weekend state political conventions.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Republican U.S. Senate endorsement came down to money vs. party tradition. Mike McFadden, the moneyed candidate, won. Candidate Chris Dahlberg had about $40,000 in his campaign bank account and led through the first eight state convention ballots. McFadden, who said he immediately can put $2 million into Republicans' effort to unseat U.S. Sen.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A Minnesota Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is commissioner in the state's largest county became the party's endorsed candidate for governor Saturday night. Jeff Johnson gained 1,386 votes to Marty Seifert's 118 after a controversial ending to the state party convention at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center. Next up for Johnson is facing three fellow Republicans in an Aug. 12 primary election. The winner goes against Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans are looking for any opportunity to get a foothold in a state government dominated by Democrats. Sen. Scott Newman announced Thursday that he is seeking to upset two-term Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson and become the first Republican to hold the office in 43 years.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fighting a war means taking victories where they come, like Minnesota's attempt to stop invasive carp from getting a foothold in the state's waters. A few dozen Minnesotans...
ST. PAUL -- American Indians volunteer for the U.S. military in higher percentages than any other ethnic group, and now Minnesota officially recognizes that accomplishment. At the conclusion of a...