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 legislators will meet Monday to appropriate money to help flood and tornado victims. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced early today that he will call the special legislative session, which he wants to last no more than one day, to begin at 1 p.m. Monday. His announcement follows a late Wednesday Washington action in which President Barack Obama declared 21 southern Minnesota counties a federal disaster area. Obama's declaration means that debris removal and public facility repair will be funded with 75 percent federal funds.
ST. PAUL - Twenty-one southern Minnesota counties will be eligible for federal disaster assistance after President Obama on Wednesday night declared the area a flood disaster area. Federal funding is available to state and local governments and some non-profit organizations for repair and replacement of facilities damaged in last month's flooding. The Wednesday night action in Washington opens the door for the Minnesota Legislature to meet in a special session in St. Paul in the next few days.
ST. PAUL -- Legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty tentatively agree to spend $80 million on disaster relief, mostly for southern Minnesota communities hit by extensive flooding last month. Wadena's efforts to recover from a June 17 tornado could get a piece of the appropriations, $750,000 to plan a new community center. Wadena leaders had sought $20.5 million. Negotiators Tuesday approved the bill, but must wait to make the numbers final for an Obama administration decision whether to declare most of southern Minnesota a flood disaster area.
ST. PAUL -- The big issue in Minnesota's secretary of state race is clear as a picture: whether voters should present photo identification cards before casting ballots. Republican challenger Dan Severson says that is a must to ensure fair elections and he is making it the cornerstone of his campaign. Incumbent Democrat Mark Ritchie does not see voter fraud as a problem, points to national praise he received for handling the hotly contested 2008 U.S.
DULUTH -- Tom Horner is not one of those candidates who always dreamed about being governor. In fact, he gave the prospect little or no thought until 14 months ago. That was when he was at a social gathering, common for the then-public relations executive, and came upon Independence Party Chairman Jack Uldrich. In that August 2009 chance meeting, Horner made small talk by asking Uldrich how the party's search was going for a 2010 governor candidate.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Horner's campaign has rolled out big-name supporters for the Independence Party governor candidate. The campaign brought out a baker's dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce they support Horner, saying Republican candidate Tom Emmer is too far right politically.
ST. PAUL -- Wadena-area leaders scrambled to get their request for tornado relief funding included in a special legislative session being called to help flooded southern Minnesotans, but they will have to wait along with their water-logged cousins. A special session is planned to deal with flooding, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty late Friday afternoon announced it will not happen Monday, as he wanted, because the federal government has yet to approve a disaster declaration.
ST. PAUL -- A coalition of conservative political groups is organizing a program to prevent voter fraud in the Nov. 2 election Election Integrity Watch is recruiting volunteers to join what it calls "surveillance teams" to observe polling places, organizers from the Tea Party, Minnesota Majority and Minnesota Voters Alliance announced Thursday.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators will meet in a brief special session Monday to fund flood relief, if the federal government declares parts of the state a disaster area yet this week. "Our fellow Minnesotans are suffering and in need of swift action by their government at this time," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. "Completing this legislative work will aid in that effort." The session is set to begin at 1 p.m. Monday.