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 -- Legislative Republicans put a high priority on keeping government out of businesses' way, and making it easier for firms to build is keystone of the effort. "We need to be friendly with businesses," Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said Tuesday after a Senate committee advanced his bill to speed the permitting process. Bills sponsored by Ingebrigtsen and Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The annual debate on how early to allow school to begin is headed for the full Minnesota House. The House Education Reform Committee on Tuesday sent a bill to the House allowing schools to begin before Labor Day, but would not allow classes on the Thursday and Friday before the end-of-summer holiday. "It is about giving locally elected school boards the ability to adopt a school calendar that best meets the needs of their community," bill sponsor Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin officials say they are close to an agreement designed to return to simpler times when people who live in one state and work in the other only file one state income tax return. Legislators from both states told revenue department officials they want the issue settled sooner rather than later. Revenue officials say most details have been worked out to restore the program, but Minnesota's revenue commissioner said he needs to make sure his state does not lose money. Minnesota Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A judge deciding the fate of a child care providers' union election said Wednesday that Gov.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will continue efforts to build a new bridge linking Minnesota and Wisconsin even though newly drawn congressional districts mean she would no longer represent the area where the bridge would be built. "I have committed to building this bridge," Bachmann said in an interview. On Tuesday, a Minnesota judicial panel released new legislative and congressional maps that removed much of Bachmann's Washington County territory.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's best-known U.S. House member will seek re-election in a district where she does not live and its top-ranking federal representative will run in slightly less friendly territory after a five-judge panel on Tuesday redrew congressional district lines. For the most part, the judges Tuesday lived up to their pledge to make few changes as they balanced population in the state's eight U.S. House districts.
ST. PAUL -- Five judges guaranteed there will be plenty of new faces at the Minnesota Capitol next year. A five-judge panel Tuesday redrew legislative district maps, pairing 46 of the state's 201 lawmakers and creating 23 seats with no incumbent. "That is a good positive thing for people who say they want to throw the incumbents out," said Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, the lead House redistricting Democrat. The new maps, required every 10 years to comply with U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota politicians pored over maps this afternoon trying to figure out what it means to them and their parties. For rural Minnesota, it was no surprise that congressional and legislative districts grew geographically as people moved to suburban districts that shrunk. In the U.S. House, relatively little change was in order as a five-judge panel released new political maps, although former presidential candidate U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The long trend of rural Minnesota losing lawmakers continued today as five judges released new U.S. House and state legislative maps that reflect fast growth in Twin Cities suburbs. Even so, in the U.S. House districts released today, the judges kept the districts fairly close to current boundaries.