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 -- Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory. The former U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers are moving forward early in their 2012 legislative session, hoping they do not need to revisit divisive budget decisions made last year while plugging a $5 billion deficit. Republicans say they hear few complaints about the two-year budget they passed in July, to end a 20-day government shutdown, while Democrats say the mostly Republican-written spending plan hurts Minnesotans. "We've been able to get control of some of the costs of government," Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, said.
ST. PAUL -- Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory. Santorum won 45 percent of the vote, with Ron Paul second, as more than three-fourths of Minnesota's precincts reported late Tuesday. Santorum's win in Minnesota's non-binding straw poll came on the same day that he won a Missouri primary election.
ST. PAUL -- Rick Santorum appeared to be the winner of Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus straw poll tonight. National news media began to project him the winner at 9:30 p.m. He also won a primary today in Missouri, his first victory since taking the Iowa caucuses a month ago. In a mixture of returns from across Minnesota, Santorum earned 45 percent of those taking part in the nonbinding straw poll with 31 percent of precincts reporting. Minnesota Republicans put Mitt Romney in third place, four years after he easily won the straw poll in a record-setting caucus turnout. U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's stinging criticism of Senate Republicans last week, saying they are "not fit to govern," still hurt as the week ended. Senate Republicans' firing Jan. 30 of a Dayton appointee drew the governor's sharp remarks. They said former Sen. Ellen Anderson is too strongly opposed to energy sources such as coal and nuclear to serve as an energy regulator in the Public Utilities Commission chairwoman's job. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, rebutted Dayton and released a list of 38 votes Dayton cast against President George W.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans get their time in the spotlight during Tuesday night's precinct caucuses. The GOP's four major presidential candidates scheduled Minnesota appearances in the days leading up to the caucuses in an attempt to make a splash in the party's straw poll. "It is very important," state Republican Chairman Pat Shortridge said of the non-binding poll. "Campaigns definitely do operate on the basis of momentum." Former Massachusetts Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Heather Falk successfully pleaded with a Minnesota House committee Tuesday to ban deducting union dues from state child care assistance funds. "Nothing should come from those low-income families," the Cloquet in-home child care provider said. The Republican-dominated committee agreed with Falk on a 12-7 party-line vote after nearly two hours of partisan debate. The bill now awaits action in the full House. The issue was deeper than the deduction question.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republican senators fired a Gov. Mark Dayton appointee Monday, and the governor fired right back by saying they "are unfit to govern." Republicans said former Sen. Ellen Anderson opposes energy sources such as coal and nuclear power. Dayton had appointed her Public Utilities Commission chairwoman. Anderson, a St.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota officials say the race is on to beat the federal government in setting up a marketplace to buy health insurance. Health insurance exchanges for individuals and small businesses are required to be running in each state by 2014. If state governments do not establish them, federal officials will step in. Getting the job done, as Democrats want, will be tough. When Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The five men gathered like at a family reunion, showing broad smiles and greeting each other with firm handshakes. Those smiles among top Minnesota policymakers, however, faded and at times disappeared into frowns, foretelling what appears likely to be a sometimes-cooperative, sometimes-contentious legislative session that begins at noon Tuesday. The five are the four legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton.