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 -- Alcohol use continues to be a Minnesota governor campaign issue with one of Tom Emmer's sons pleading guilty to underage drinking. Thomas Earl Emmer III, known as Tripp, was ticketed early July 10 in Douglas County and court records show he has paid the $100 fine, $75 surcharge and $10 law library fee. The petty misdemeanor is getting more attention than similar infractions because past alcohol-related charges have been used against his father, the Republican governor candidate.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying the government is trying to take over states' rights, has ordered state officials not to apply for federal health care funds under a 2010 law, a decision DFL'ers say will cost the state billions and thousands of jobs. The governor on Tuesday issued an executive order forbidding his administration from applying for federal funds under the health care reform law.
BROOKLYN PARK -- Mark Dayton could see Minnesota borrowing $1 billion to build and repair facilities, Tom Horner sees something closer to $400 million and Tom Emmer would give cities more options to fund their own projects. In a governor campaign that centers on the state budget, the three main candidates on Wednesday looked at a part of state spending: infrastructure such as roads and buildings. A debate hosted by more than 25 organizations interested in Minnesota infrastructure and commercial development produced no surprises, but the week's second of three debates emphasized further diffe
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gunflint Lodge is a place Minnesotans go to get away from the modern world, but owner Bruce Kerfoot says there is one modern amenity that he absolutely needs to maintain a strong business: high-speed Internet. Kerfoot told a high-speed Internet summit Tuesday that needed just two minutes to book a room on line at a remote Swiss resort.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota programs would be cut $2.45 billion and taxes increased $2.15 billion under governor candidate Tom Horner's budget plan. Horner's proposal would lower the state sales tax by a penny a dollar, but he would start taxing clothing and personal services for an increase of $1.4 billion.
Chad Peterson tapped his chest, near his heart, and talked about fallen fellow Deputy Sheriff Christopher L. De-wey: "He will always be a hero here." Peterson choked back tears We-dnesday in remembering his partner, but Minnesotans who did not even know Dewey also honored the 27-year-old Mahnomen County deputy who was shot on duty 18 months ago and died Aug. 9. After a 68-minute funeral service, American flags lined the motorcade route from the church to the cemetery, and Twin Cities residents posted signs thanking Dewey for his service.
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ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton says Republican workers who videotape almost his every move are getting so close that they intimidate voters trying to talk to the DFL governor candidate.