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 -- Conditions in Iraq are improving, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday during an unannounced visit. "There is a hopeful sense here, a more stable sense here than some of my recent previous trips," the governor said. Military leaders invited Pawlenty, in Iraq for the fifth time, and four other governors to visit Iraq. Their trip is to continue, but Pawlenty said he was not allowed to reveal future stops. South Dakota Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Iraq visiting American troops, after touring Walter Reed Army Hospital before he left the United States. In his fifth trip to Iraq, Pawlenty said via telephone this afternoon that conditions are improving in the war-torn country. He attributed some of that to the nearing of a new civilian government forming. "As that is happening, the violence level has been fairly stable ...
ST. PAUL -- Republicans most fear Mark Dayton in the governor's race. Dayton brings the best name recognition of any candidate of any party, thanks in a good share to his family's department store roots. He has been running for more than a year and he has put in years in highly visible U.S. Senate and state offices. Worst of all, from the Republican view, is Dayton has money, and plenty of it (although Dayton says he is spending down his department store fortune and sold some paintings to help his finances). For years, the department store that bore his family name was a Minnesota staple.
ST. PAUL -- If they are Democrats, they must be talking about jobs. Creating jobs traditionally is a key Democratic-Farmer-Laborite campaign issue, and the 2010 governors' primary race is no exception.
ROSEVILLE -- Ol' Mexico Restaurante and Cantina likely never has been as rowdy as Wednesday when governor candidate Tom Emmer met with food and beverage servers upset with him. Emmer supporters and detractors exchanged jeers and cheers for an hour, before an opponent to Arizona's new immigration law slid in behind Emmer and dumped a bag of pennies on the Republican state representative and a public address system failure ended the meeting prematurely. The Republican-endorsed candidate admitted the penny protester surprised him -- "I almost jumped out of my shoes" -- but promised he would wal
ST. PAUL -- Lorie Skjerven Gildea learned at an early age how to tackle difficult situations. Gildea, who on Monday was sworn in as the Minnesota Supreme Court's 22nd chief justice, was a young 4-H member when she took her Shetland pony, Carmel, to the Red Lake County Fair.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's finance leaders are ready to take out a $600 million loan if needed to fill gaps left by a state budget deficit. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget chief, Tom Hanson, told a legislative committee Monday that the state shuffled more than $1 billion from one account to another during the past fiscal year in order to pay bills.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota State Trooper Travis Pearson followed a car driven by a shooting incident suspect down a tree-lined rural St. Louis County driveway, with his nearest law enforcement backup several minutes away. Donnie Joe Lira stopped his Chevrolet Cavalier, then stepped out of the car, rifle in hand. After Pearson's repeated demand that Lira drop the gun, Lira raised the rifle and aimed it at Pearson.
ST. PAUL -- They come from different backgrounds: a bureaucrat, a state senator, a television personality. Still, they share a goal of playing backup to Minnesota's governor. Voters likely will hear little about the trio of Democratic-Farmer-Labor lieutenant governor candidates before the Aug.