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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State of the Union address Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague - and our friend - Gabby Giffords. It's no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said an e-mail his office sent rejecting a meeting with nurses was a mistake. Newman's assistant, Kim Kelley, last week sent an e-mail to the Minnesota Nurses Association saying that the senator would not meet with the group because it supported his election opponent, Democrat Hal Kimball. When the e-mail came to light Tuesday, it created a buzz around the Capitol.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton claims that presidential politics is behind U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's request that he void an executive order issued during his first week in office. She said that a federal health care program Dayton signed onto will cost the state. "All across the country we're seeing that ObamaCare is driving up health care costs," the Minnesota Re-publican said.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton today ordered two state agencies to issue permits quicker. Under his order, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources must try to issue permits with 150 days, down from the current informal 180-day guideline. The order is designed to speed up permits businesses need before expanding or building new facilities.
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican legislators want to crack down on what they call welfare waste, but Democrats say their idea likely would cost more than it saves. Sen. Doug Magnus of Slayton and Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's meeting with legislative leaders over security issues has been pushed back a few days, but some lawmakers feel pretty safe in the Capitol as it is. Dayton wants to meet with lawmakers to discuss Capitol safety after the Arizona shootings raised question about public officials' security. Rep.