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 -- The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled "once and for all" the federal health care law dispute. The state's senior U.S. senator said the court put "the law above politics." Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far from over, especially in the political arena. "Settling this issue once and for all in court means real progress and security for families and children," House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said. Health care politics will continue.
ST. PAUL -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is the law of the land. Until it isn't. That is the message Republicans are spreading and Democrats dreading in light of Thursday's 5-4 decision to uphold a new federal health-care law. Minutes after the ruling became public, both major parties distributed a frantic message: send money.
ST. PAUL -- The bottom line for individual flood survivors is simple and bleak: do not expect much government financial help. "The disaster business for individuals is really tough," said Director Kris Eide of the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management office. Most federal money goes to state and local governments to pay for replacing or fixing public infrastructure, such as roads.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar stood in front of 1,100 mostly liberal Democrats concerned if she talked too much about working with Republicans. "I was wondering how this is going to go over," she said in an interview after Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Laborites unanimously endorsed her for a second six-year Senate term. In the interview, it became obvious that bipartisanship will be part of her campaign against a conservative Republican.
ST. PAUL -- Four mining companies may explore for copper and nickel under northeast Minnesota land, but Gov. Mark Dayton said a decision made today is only the beginning of a long debate. Five statewide officials unanimously voted at mid-day to approve 77 mineral exploration leases after a year-long delay so people could be better informed.
ST. PAUL -- The official campaign season started with bipartisan smiles Tuesday, even if no one expects it to end that way. The first four Minnesotans to file paperwork to officially become candidates were lined up at the secretary of state's counter Tuesday, three of them filling out the forms. But Rick Nolan, Democratic candidate in the 8th Congressional District, had not started. "It's embarrassing," Nolan said. "I left my reading glasses in the car." State Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's campaign season officially began today. As she has for five elections, Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, stayed overnight on her lawn chair in a hallway outside the secretary of state's office to be first in line to file candidate paperwork. Before the office opened at 8 a.m., three others also were in line, the first of many throughout Minnesota to file for federal, state, local and judicial offices by 5 p.m. June 5. Peppin and other candidates said that being early shows voters how deeply they care about their races. Being first is a tradition for Peppin.
ST. CLOUD -- Their party faces a $1.3 million debt, ideological differences and lingering questions about a sex scandal, and Republicans leaving their state convention Saturday both acknowledged the problems and kept their chins up. "We don't really have a lot of unity within the party," convention delegate Ken Zylstra of Worthington said. "They would just as soon shoot each other down," the long-time Republican and first-time convention delegate said of the party's factions. On the other hand, freshman U.S. Rep.
ST. CLOUD -- Ron Paul supporters will dominate the Republican National Convention Minnesota delegation. Delegates to the state convention on Saturday voted in 12 Paul delegates. When they are added to previously selected delegates, Paulites will have at least 32 of 40 Minnesota delegates to the Tampa, Fla., convention in August. The only non-Paulite elected Saturday is U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Kurt Bills is ready to teach economics to Washington. Backing his theme of "taking economics 101 to Washington," Minnesota Republicans Friday handed Bills a second-ballot endorsement for U.S. Senate to run against Democrat U.S. Sen.