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 -- It is not something heard much around the Legislature: people suggesting fees they pay go up. But Minnesota anglers and hunters did just that Tuesday and the Senate natural resources committees complied, backing a bill that ups fees to replenish a fund running out of money and help fight invasive species.
ST. PAUL -- A Vikings stadium bill finally is in print. Given that the debate about whether to build a stadium to replace the downtown Minneapolis Metrodome has gone on for a decade, that in itself is an accomplishment. But the bill remains a long way from the goal line. "There are lots of ifs in this whole thing yet," House stadium bill author Rep.
ST. PAUL - A decade-long wait ended this afternoon with the release of a bill to build a new Vikings stadium. The 70-page bill basically follows an agreement announced March 1 among state officials, Minneapolis leaders and the Vikings.
ST. PAUL -- Protesters' chants for Rep. Mary Franson to resign Thursday only strengthened her resolve to remain on the job. She offered her third apology for a video that some found offensive to Minnesota's poor. But the Alexandria Republican said, "I have gotten great support. Protesters' actions Thursday "only make me more committed to helping the poor out of poverty," she said. More than a dozen protesters organized by the Welfare Rights Committee jammed a hallway in front of a meeting Franson was to attend in the State Office Building, across from the Capitol.
ST. PAUL -- A former state senator who served southwest Minnesota died Wednesday while on a trip to Morris. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer, 67, lived in the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights in recent years. When he was in the Senate, from 1983 to 1992, he lived in southwestern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL - A former state senator who served southwest Minnesota died Wednesday while on a trip to Morris. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer, 67, lived in the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights in recent years. When he was in the Senate, from 1983 to 1992, he lived in southwestern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- Establishing wolf hunting and trapping seasons is popular among many at the Minnesota Legislature, but lawmakers are hearing from those who do not like the idea. So far, opponents have not slowed House and Senate bills from advancing. The latest vote came Tuesday, when the Senate natural resources committee unanimously approved allowing the Department of Natural Resources to establish the seasons. "We're trying to balance," Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said about his bill.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton plans to announce on Wednesday when an election will be held to replace Sen. Gary Kubly, who died Friday. Dayton's office said the announcement will come after Kubly's funeral in Granite Falls. The secretary of state's office reports that the election must be within 35 days. Besides the main election date, Dayton must plan for a primary election if needed. Once Dayton issues a writ for an election, candidates may file for office in the auditor's office of the county where they live or the secretary of state's office.
Members of both major political parties say legislators need to pass bills to help businesses, measures such as reducing taxes and providing a state employee to help businesses obtain permits. "Every legislator has small businesses in their district, and we regularly hear about their challenges," Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina, said. "These bills are specific ways we can resolve state related issues and make a real difference." Added Rep.
Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem walked across the front of the Minnesota Senate chamber Monday, pausing at a desk decorated with flowers and a photo of Sen. Gary Kubly. "He was a great guy," Senjem said about the Granite Falls lawmaker who died Friday. "We will really miss him." The desk is where Kubly sat this year, as Lou Gehrig's disease drained his energy. Senjem, a Rochester Republican, said senators respected Democrat Kubly.