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 parents who teach their children at home feel like they have received a promotion. "The state is recognizing the validity of home education," Lorna Cook of Willmar said of a new law that frees homeschoolers from most of the bureaucracy of old laws.
President Obama headed into Republican-leaning territory Monday for what Washington observers called his first re-election campaign stop, asking 500 Minnesotans in a tranquil park along a quiet stream to tell their GOP representatives to compromise. The Democratic president basically said that if Republicans would see things his way, Washington would run much smoother. "What is needed is action on the part of Congress, a willingness to put the partisan games aside and say, 'We're going to do what's right for the country, not what we think is going to score some political points for the next
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Update 11:30 a.m.: LIVE STREAM: Minnesotans await President Obama in Cannon Falls park
ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ended his White House dream Sunday after a third-place finish in an Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty said he would not continue his campaign, telling ABC's "This Week" that "I wish it would have been different, but the pathway forward doesn't exist for me." He probably can blame a fellow Minnesotan for leaving the race. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota won the poll, far ahead of Pawlenty.
ST. PAUL -- President Barack Obama has new ammunition to tell Midwesterners that he is working for rural America when he visits Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in the next few days. His administration Friday released a report claiming it has "made significant investments" in programs ranging from jobs to health care.
ST. PAUL -- President Obama plans a southern Minnesota visit next week to start a three-state rural Midwestern tour. The White House late Tuesday afternoon issued a statement with no details. "President Ob-ama will travel to the Midwest on a three-day economic bus tour, making stops in southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois," the short White House statement said.
Minnesota's presidential candidates provide Iowans with a front-row seat to a heated political wrestling match. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty are engaged in a very public presidential campaign fight as Iowa Republicans prepare to vote in a straw poll that could make or break their campaigns. The Aug. 13 Ames event has shoved "Minnesota nice" into the background as the two scrap for votes in the poll and, more importantly, in the Feb.