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 -- With light music and a soothing voice in the background, a content couple leaps into the air and another happy couple sits in a meadow amid wildflowers. To any television viewer, it appears to be a commercial for the latest wonder drug, available only by prescription. But upon closer examination, this "Reforma" being promoted is President Barack Obama's health-care reform plan and the script is a biting criticism of it. "Consult your congressman or senator now," the male announcer intones. "'Reforma.' Side effects include bureaucratic waste and delay.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans stopped a straw poll for governor halfway through the annual Farmfest event. "A straw poll was started but stopped because the state chair had not authorized it," state Republican spokesman Mark Drake said. "We didn't want to take attention away from our sanctioned state convention poll in October." Governor candidate state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall, who grew up near the Farmfest grounds, said he was told the poll was halted "apparently because it favored me. ...
ST. PAUL -- Clunkers being traded in at Minnesota car dealers may have run smoother than a couple parts of the federal cash-for-clunkers program. But the problems are being fixed, the U.S. transportation secretary Tuesday assured Sen.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Calvin Griffith moved his Washington Senators to the Twin Cities in 1961 knowing the team needed to build a loyal fan base well beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul. He quickly abandoned an idea to call the Major League Baseball team the Minneapolis Twins, opting instead for Minnesota Twins.
ST. PAUL -- Western Minnesota's 2010 congressional race is under way, even without candidates. The state Republican Party launches a radio ad campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson today, saying the 10-term congressman is out of touch with his district. With Republicans assuming he will run again, it is the fist volley of a campaign in which Republicans promise to unseat Peterson. A comment by Peterson claiming a quarter of his constituents link the Sept.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's Republican Party launches a radio advertising campaign against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson on Thursday. More than a dozen western Minnesota radio stations will carry the commercial saying that Democrat Peterson is out of touch on his House votes as well as criticizing his comment that a quarter of his constituents think the Bush administration worked with Sept.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republican leaders today plan to announce an advertising campaign against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. Deputy Republican Chairman Michael Brodkorb said the ad campaign is partially a result of the Minnesota Democrat saying a quarter of his constituents think the Bush administration had ties to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and (then-Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down," Peterson told Politico, a Washington, D.C.-based news organization.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson provided Republicans an opening to attack him when he said he does not hold town hall meetings in his western Minnesota district because many constituents be-lieve the Bush administration helped carry out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and (then-Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down," Politico Monday quoted Democrat Peterson as saying.
ST. PAUL -- If Iran was behind the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers, already rocky relations with the United States could become worse, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday from the Middle East. An Iraqi police official says his department arrested a man with Iranian connections in the Thursday attack that killed Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Spc. James Wertish, 20, of Olivia and Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove.