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 -- Pat Anderson expected to win Republican Party backing Thursday to return to her job as Minnesota state auditor. As this edition went to press, voting was not completed in her race. Anderson, of Dellwood, was ousted from the office by Democrat Rebecca Otto four years ago. She was joined in the race by state auditor's employee Jeff Wiita of Minnetonka, Mayor Randy Gilbert of Long Lake and ex-St.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sarah Palin added excitement to the Minnesota Republican convention Thursday night by endorsing Tom Emmer for governor. "A patriotic fiscally conservative 'hockey dad' who got his start in politics by serving on his local city councils is running for governor of the great state of Minnesota," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon. "His name is Tom Emmer, and I'm proud to support him."Emmer was thrilled. "The gold standard of grassroots politics" is how Emmer described Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate. In general, GOP delega
MINNEAPOLIS -- It took Republicans until 3 a.m. to pick their governor candidate the last time two major candidates fought for endorsement. No one expects that to happen Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, when the party will pick its 2010 governor candidate. The 13-ballot marathon needed to choose between Tim Pawlenty and Brian Sullivan may be unlikely, but neither is a one-ballot endorsement some Republican activists predict, the party chairman said. "I would be shocked," Chairman Tony Sutton said when asked about the single-ballot prediction. State Reps.
ST. PAUL - Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer picked a political insider, little known to the public, as his running mate three days before the state party is to endorse a candidate. Annette Meeks runs a conservative think tank known as Freedom Foundation of Minnesota. For nine years she was at the Center of the American Experiment. Emmer, a state representative from Delano, is locked in what most observers describe as a tight battle with fellow state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall for the party endorsement.
DULUTH -- Minnesota's Democratic congressional delegation fed red meat to state party convention delegates Saturday, saying just what any good Democrat wants to hear. Especially popular at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center was the recently passed health care law. "It should be a basic right of everyone in the country to have basic health care," an unusually impassioned U.S. Rep. Tim Walz told delegates. He also took a shot at GOP Gov.
DULUTH -- House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher has earned DFL support in her bid to be governor. She still faces formidable opponents from within her own party in an Aug. 10 primary, but at the state DFL convention Saturday she edged Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who conceded at 11:10 p.m. after nearly 1,400 delegates cast five ballots. All other candidates had dropped out of the race by 10 p.m., and neither Kelliher nor Rybak had the required 60 percent of the DFL state convention's delegates.
DULUTH -- There is a new attitude at this year's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. Instead of divisiveness and ideology, Democrats are going with unity and realism for 2010. At least that is how they sounded Friday as 1,400 of them converged on the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to pick their governor candidate. Often, both Democrats and Republicans pick candidates on the party's political extremes.
DULUTH -- Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention delegates will whittle down the Minnesota governor's race this weekend, but will not pick their November election candidate. Regardless of what happens at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, DFLers likely will face at least four names on their Aug. 10 primary election ballots because some candidates say they will ignore delegates and challenge the convention endorsee. Still, about 1,400 convention delegates will eliminate many big names in balloting scheduled to start Saturday morning.
ST. PAUL -- Everyone who matters seems to be saying they want to make education reforms required by the Obama administration so Minnesota can get additional federal funding, but it remains very much a question if that can be achieved. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wants GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty to discard his long-standing policy to not appear in front of a legislative committee. Pogemiller said he hopes Pawlenty will attend a Tuesday morning hearing that education chairmen Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, and Rep.