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 — Super Bowl visitors left $400 million in the Twin Cities. The Feb. 4 event, preceded by 10 days of organized partying was a success, organizers and the governor declared Tuesday, May 29, when they released an economic impact report. "The success of the enterprise was just phenomenal," Gov. Mark Dayton said. And, perhaps more importantly, 83 percent of Super Bowl visitors on their first Minnesota visit said they will be back.
ST. PAUL -- Michelle Fischbach is resigning her Minnesota Senate seat to become lieutenant governor. Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced Friday morning, May 25, that the Paynesville Republican would take the oath Friday morning.
ST. PAUL -- The veto pen found found most legislation Minnesota lawmakers passed this year. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday, May 23, that he vetoed the session's major legislation, citing numerous problems with the Republican-written bills. He said he hopes to decide by Friday on the final major bill of the session, funding public works projects. "Very irresponsible" was how Dayton described the legislative session.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota legislative agriculture committees used a little-known law to put the brakes on a Dayton administration fertilizer regulation rule and gain leverage over the governor. The message sent by two Republican-run committees was that if Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes an agricultural policy bill, his proposal to limit nitrogen fertilizer will be delayed until a year from now. If Dayton signs the bill, the agriculture chairman will allow the fertilizer rule to be implemented. The weekend committee actions have two significant implications.
ST. PAUL—Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed four bills, including some that received quite a bit of attention. Most of his Saturday, May 19, actions were expected. One was a bill Republicans pushed to allow Enbridge Energy to construct a replacement for its northern Minnesota Line 3 crude oil pipeline. Republicans said the bill is needed because Enbridge is ready to go and there is no need to wait for the Public Utilities Commission to approve it. The commission is expected to consider the pipeline next month.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders began negotiating finances and policy just over 24 hours before their constitutional deadline. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton gave the Republican-controlled Legislature an offer Saturday night, May 19, the first movement after three months of the legislative session. And lawmakers were considering taking up the major budget-policy bill late Saturday even without a deal with Dayton.
ST. PAUL — A deadly Texas school shooting has turned Minnesota safe school legislation into a top priority. The Friday, May 18, shooting prompted Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders hours later to push legislation that would provide money to school districts to spend as they think is most appropriate to make their buildings safer.
ST. PAUL — The radio host asked a reporter: "What do we know about things happening at the Legislature?" Simple question. Not such a simple answer. The fact is that political reporters know as much as anyone other than high-level legislators, and rank-and-file lawmakers often come to reporters for information as a legislative session winds down. But, frankly, closed-door meetings among legislative leaders and the governor near the end of nearly every legislative session means the public is left in the dark until the legislative deed is done.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature has three days left to pass bills, and nearly all major legislation remains in limbo. On Thursday, May 17, a Republican-written tax bill received a veto stamp, in front of a couple dozen school children, as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton fulfilled a promise to reject the bill until lawmakers approve $138 million in school aid.