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 -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton diffused a tense situation at his first official function Wednesday by sharing his microphone with shouting protesters crowded into his office. Dozens of people opposed to the state getting more deeply involved in the federal Medicaid program jammed into the governor's reception room alongside legislators, reporters and photographers in a scene Capitol observers say they never have witnessed before.
If great challenges lead to great opportunities, as the old saying goes, state lawmakers have a whale of an opportunity this year. "There are fantastic opportunities out there," rookie Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, said. He is one of 60 new legislators, mostly Republican, who took office Tuesday.
ST. PAUL -- It was smiles and bigger smiles today as Minnesota's 201 legislators took their oaths of office, hiding the overriding fact of the new legislative session featuring the most drastic change in state leadership in decades as Republicans took control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. That comes a day after Mark Dayton became the first Minnesota Democrat to move into the governor's office in 20 years. As legislators launched their 2011 session at noon today, they welcomed 36 new House members and 24 freshmen senators.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators today complete the most drastic change in state leadership in decades as Republicans take control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. That comes a day after Mark Dayton became the first Minnesota Democrat to move into the governor's office in 20 years. As 201 legislators prepared for a noon launch of their 2011 session, they welcomed 36 new House members and 24 freshmen senators.
Mark Dayton's first sp-eech as the governor of Minnesota illustrated the problems he faces. While calling for teamwork to solve the state's problems, Dayton on Monday also insisted the richest Minnesotans need to pay higher taxes, something Republicans who take control of the state Legislature today have declared they are strongly against. Dayton offered no specifics during his inauguration speech at St. Paul's Landmark Center, after taking the oath of office to become the state's 40th governor.
ST. PAUL -- Yvonne Prettner Solon is walking into the lieutenant governor's office as a greater Minnesota advocate. The Duluth resident, who gave up a state senator gig to be Mark Dayton's running mate, told about 600 people at St.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton became Minnesota's 40th governor early this afternoon, immediately urging Minnesotans to work together to solve state problems like a massive budget deficit. His 10-minute inaugural speech started with thanking supporters and pledging to work for those who voted for him, and those who did not, but most of it centered on his "working together" theme. "Previous generations of Minnesotans and other Americans faced graver danger, under worse conditions, with fewer resources than we do today," Dayton said. "They summoned their collective knowledge, courage and resolve.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton becomes Minnesota's 40th governor early this afternoon, and the first Democratic governor in two decades faces a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a Legislature controlled by Republicans. The Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul was expected to be packed as Chief Justice Lorie Gildea administers the oath of office to Dayton, who at 63 is the oldest Minnesotan to become governor. Also being sworn in are Lt.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and newly minted Republican Minnesota legislative leaders promise to work with each other when the 2011 legislative session begins at noon Tuesday at the Capitol. But neither Dayton nor Republicans who control the Legislature can lay out a map for how they will bridge their biggest gulf: a $6.2 billion budget deficit. Both sides agree that things have not run smoothly the past few years between Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democrats controlling the state Legislature.