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 -- Mark Dayton is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor candidate. Opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher made it official late this morning when she conceded. "I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary," Kelliher said in a statement. "I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor." Kelliher said that she delayed conceding because "in Minnesota we value every person's voice and count every person's vote.
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ST. PAUL - State Rep. Tom Emmer has coasted to victory in Minnesota's Republican primary for governor. Emmer's win Tuesday never was in doubt.
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ST. PAUL -- The highlight race in today's primary election features one major question: How rich does a Minnesotan need to be before the state raises taxes? Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who leads recent polls for today's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor race, would increase income taxes for individuals making more than $130,000 annually and couples who earn more than $150,000.
MORGAN -- The federal government is sticking its nose into farmers' business, and hurting Minnesota agriculture in the process, Tim Pawlenty said Thursday after delivering his final FarmFest speech as governor. If he were in charge of the federal government, the potential presidential candidate said, that would stop. Pawlenty also said that government should continue to play a role in biofuel development, such as ethanol and biodiesel. The Republican governor railed against bureaucratic measures that hurt farmers, especially ones by the Environmental Protection Agency. "I would instruct th
MORGAN -- One candidate grew up on a farm, one in a rural community and one sat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. The three Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor candidates sounded a lot alike Wednesday when they opposed more regulation of farmers and decried escalating property taxes. They all supported biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel and blasted Republican candidate Tom Emmer and retiring Gov.
MORGAN -- Republican Tom Emmer says he will move all parts of state government that regulate farming into the Agriculture Department. The governor candidate used a FarmFest au-dience to make one of the first concrete an-nouncements of his campaign. "That's the promise I will make to you," Emmer told hundreds of farmers under a tent in Wednesday's nearly 90-degree heat.