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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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.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- More governor candidates showed up for a massive Wednesday night debate than the average precinct caucus will host next week. And still, just two-thirds of the candidates planning to run this year were at the gathering, the biggest such forum Minnesota political observers remember. In front of hundreds of newspaper workers, candidates found some ways to separate themselves from each other. On local government aid, like most other issues, there was sharp division between Democrats and Republicans. Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Paul Thissen, a Twin Cities legislator, said
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 today. 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.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials turn to schools as the state's bank this spring. The state will run out of money in March and April, and the Pawlenty administration says it needs to borrow $423 million from schools to pay the state's bills.