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 -- Sen. Keith Langseth hopes Gov. Tim Pawlenty likes a good sale. The Glyndon Democrat considers current construction costs a bargain because they are 15 percent to 20 percent lower than normal. Given that, he said Thursday, the state should invest nearly $1 billion in construction projects across Minnesota. "There's a sale going on out there," said Langseth, chairman of the Senate committee that funds public works projects. "This is the time to bond and build. ... The time to bond and build is during the down time when you get your best deals.
Some legislators are considering gambling revenue to balance the Minnesota budget, one of the few surprises Thursday as the 2010 legislation session began. Legislators' major job is to plug a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget, a budget with nearly 18 months remaining.
Minnesota legislators return to the state Capitol today for a session that promises to be little fun. Lawmakers will deal with the necessities, not the luxuries, as there is one overriding necessity on their minds: balance the state budget. People around the Capitol understand that.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's precinct caucus straw polls cemented Marty Seifert's front-running role in the Republican governor's race, but the picture remains fuzzy for Democrats. While Minneapolis Mayor R.T.
Incomplete, unofficial results from precinct caucus straw polls, as reported by the Minnesota secretary of state's office: Democrat (3,282 of 4,129 precincts reporting) Tom Bakk, 1,334, 6.21 percent Matt Entenza, 1,451, 6.75 percent Susan Gaertner, 448, 2.08 percent Steve Kelley, 894, 4.16 percent Margaret Anderson Kelliher, 4,316, 20.08 percent John Marty, 2,070, 9.63 percent Felix Montez, 17, 9.63 percent Tom Rukavina, 1,555, 7,23 percent R.T.
ST. PAUL -- Two state representatives appeared poised to move away from other Republican governor candidates and a pair of well-known Democrats were battling for bragging rights Tuesday night as Minnesotans attending more than 8,000 neighborhood meetings began picking their favorites. Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall led Rep. Tom Emmer of Delano in a GOP precinct caucus straw poll.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A decade and a half of wet weather means western and southern Minnesotans may face flooding this spring. National Weather Service and state officials today warned that the Fargo-Moorhead area faces an 85 percent change of major flooding, but well under last year's record.
ST. PAUL -- Low-income Minnesotans who depend on a state program for health care won a one-month extension. General Assistance Medical Care will remain in operation a month longer than expected, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman announced Wednesday. The new date for the program to end is April 1. "This extra month of GAMC coverage is possible because program costs and new enrollment were lower than projected," Pawlenty said.