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 -- Floodwaters continue to rise in southern Minnesota communities as state policymakers work on plans to fund flood relief. Federal emergency personnel arrived here Monday to determine how much money Washington will send, with state leaders preparing to pick up remaining costs. "The various layers of government need to stand together," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said in announcing he will call a one-day legislative session between Oct. 7 and 12. This week's Federal Emergency Management Agency study of the flooded areas will result in a damage estimate.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's governor and legislators are preparing for a special legislative session to fund flood relief even as flood waters continue to rise in parts of southern Minnesota. Gov. Tim Pawlenty this morning announced that he and legislative leaders agreed to hold a one-day special session between Oct.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidates focused on predicable differences during a Thursday night education debate, but some agreements also surfaced. The Independence Party's Tom Horner, Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton all said they would push for better early childhood education and the trio voiced strong support for reducing the learning gap between white and minority students.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton revised his state budget proposal Tuesday, reducing the expected take from his "tax the rich" hope and adding a variety of other revenue enhancers and budget cuts. The Democratic Minnesota governor candidate said he would raise taxes and other revenues $3.6 billion and cut spending $1.2 billion, leaving a $1 billion gap in Minnesota's budget that has a projected $6 billion deficit.
ST. PAUL -- One of political reporters' great frustrations of any governor campaign, or any campaign for that matter, is a lack of details about what candidates would do if elected. Political reporters think voters want to know how candidates would handle programs that affect them.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidates need to get The L out. Get people in "The L" out to vote, that is. Those in The L are voters in the western and southern parts of the state, an area that would form an "L" on the map. Most L voters do not vote party line, so are prime targets of campaigns. "Particularly for Republicans running statewide, if you don't carry The L, you don't win the race," said state Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, who lost the GOP nomination to Tom Emmer last April. "There is a mix of independent people out there," added former state Rep.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- The cold, windy Minnesota State Fair atmosphere sharply contrasted Friday with a heated governor candidate debate in which the three top contenders mixed it up like never before. The Minnesota Public Radio debate at the State Fair made it more obvious than ever that the two leading candidates agree on little and may show the most contrast ever in a Minnesota governor's race. But that does not mean what Democrat Mark Dayton or Republican Tom Emmer want will come to pass. A long-time political observer said that the two, from the far left and right of the political spectrum,
ST. PAUL -- Alcohol use continues to be a Minnesota governor campaign issue with one of Tom Emmer's sons pleading guilty to underage drinking. Thomas Earl Emmer III, known as Tripp, was ticketed early July 10 in Douglas County and court records show he has paid the $100 fine, $75 surcharge and $10 law library fee. The petty misdemeanor is getting more attention than similar infractions because past alcohol-related charges have been used against his father, the Republican governor candidate.