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 -- Rick Santorum appeared to be the winner of Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus straw poll tonight. National news media began to project him the winner at 9:30 p.m. He also won a primary today in Missouri, his first victory since taking the Iowa caucuses a month ago. In a mixture of returns from across Minnesota, Santorum earned 45 percent of those taking part in the nonbinding straw poll with 31 percent of precincts reporting. Minnesota Republicans put Mitt Romney in third place, four years after he easily won the straw poll in a record-setting caucus turnout. U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans get their time in the spotlight during Tuesday night's precinct caucuses. The GOP's four major presidential candidates scheduled Minnesota appearances in the days leading up to the caucuses in an attempt to make a splash in the party's straw poll. "It is very important," state Republican Chairman Pat Shortridge said of the non-binding poll. "Campaigns definitely do operate on the basis of momentum." Former Massachusetts Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's stinging criticism of Senate Republicans last week, saying they are "not fit to govern," still hurt as the week ended. Senate Republicans' firing Jan. 30 of a Dayton appointee drew the governor's sharp remarks. They said former Sen. Ellen Anderson is too strongly opposed to energy sources such as coal and nuclear to serve as an energy regulator in the Public Utilities Commission chairwoman's job. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, rebutted Dayton and released a list of 38 votes Dayton cast against President George W.
ST. PAUL -- Heather Falk successfully pleaded with a Minnesota House committee Tuesday to ban deducting union dues from state child care assistance funds. "Nothing should come from those low-income families," the Cloquet in-home child care provider said. The Republican-dominated committee agreed with Falk on a 12-7 party-line vote after nearly two hours of partisan debate. The bill now awaits action in the full House. The issue was deeper than the deduction question.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota officials say the race is on to beat the federal government in setting up a marketplace to buy health insurance. Health insurance exchanges for individuals and small businesses are required to be running in each state by 2014. If state governments do not establish them, federal officials will step in. Getting the job done, as Democrats want, will be tough. When Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republican senators fired a Gov. Mark Dayton appointee Monday, and the governor fired right back by saying they "are unfit to govern." Republicans said former Sen. Ellen Anderson opposes energy sources such as coal and nuclear power. Dayton had appointed her Public Utilities Commission chairwoman. Anderson, a St.
ST. PAUL -- The five men gathered like at a family reunion, showing broad smiles and greeting each other with firm handshakes. Those smiles among top Minnesota policymakers, however, faded and at times disappeared into frowns, foretelling what appears likely to be a sometimes-cooperative, sometimes-contentious legislative session that begins at noon Tuesday. The five are the four legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not have enough information to get behind a Vikings stadium plan, but appears to be leaning toward a western downtown Minneapolis site. The governor released pages of information about the three major potential stadium locations today, but said enough questions remain that he cannot recommend one.
ST. PAUL -- Attacks on Gov. Mark Dayton's public works spending proposal came from both sides, starting Tuesday even before he finished announcing his $775 million plan. Republicans said he wants to spend too much. DFL'ers praised the amount, but the Legislature's most experienced bonding exp-ert said his fellow DFL'er did not divide the money wisely.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.