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 House and Senate negotiators considered expanding the state's sex offender treatment facilities and whether to protect communities downstream from a proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project Sunday night. Legislative leaders want to take up the final version of a public works finance bill this week, starting today in the House. The nearly $1 billion proposal lawmakers were poised to consider is far more than Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The assistant St. Paul police chief says authorities may have found an 18-year-old Eveleth man's body quicker last year if they had tracked his mobile telephone. A bill making its way through the Legislature was written to make the job easier by requiring mobile telephone companies to tell law enforcement officers the whereabouts of missing people's mobile phones. Last April 5, Dan Zamlen went missing in St. Paul. More than 1,000 fellow Iron Rangers searched for him along the Mississippi River, but his body was not found until nearly a month later.
ST. PAUL -- No state health care program escaped Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget axe this week. "It affects almost literally every program that we touch," Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman Wednesday told the House health-care finance committee. That is not acceptable to most DFL legislators. "What we are doing here is simply allowing a lot of need to go unmet," Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, said. Forty-eight human services-related items, mostly health programs, would be affected by the cuts, if lawmakers approve them.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is fighting a losing battle against invaders on many fronts. Experts say most of the battles are not winnable. Species invading Minnesota range from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil. Others, such as Asian carp, those flying fish popular on videos, are on the way. Minnesotans need to wage their own fight against the invaders, if only to slow down their spread, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials told a House committee Tuesday night in St.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House voted to protect Red River Valley residents downstream from a proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood-prevention project, saying they should not face worse flooding just to protect the river's largest metropolitan area. The Red River amendment to the public works bill would forbid the state from spending money on a Fargo-Moorhead diversion unless the U.S.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House kicked its public works funding proposal to more than $1 billion Monday, adding a facility for 400 sex offenders. Representatives voted 92-37, with some Republicans joining Democrats, to fund college, trails, transportation and other construction projects.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's cities, counties and poor residents needing health care would be most affected by Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's cities, counties and poor people in need of health care would be most affected by Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered equal amounts of patriotism and conservatism Thursday in his final State of the State speech. The Republican governor and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate began his 33-minute speech praising the Minnesota National Guard, and spent much of his time in the packed House chamber promoting tax cuts and other proposals that he said would help business hire more workers. Reception to his speech was divided along partisan lines more than his previous seven.