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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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 -- 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.
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 -- The two major candidates to represent western Minnesota in the U.S. House show relatively few differences on farm policy, but the challenger says U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is part of the congressional leadership that is tilting politically left. Republican Lee Byberg said Peterson endorses President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a time when Americans are tired of liberal politics. "We are on a collision course with bankruptcy," Byberg said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Margaret Anderson Kelliher wants voters to know she isn't one of the guys. She often subtly reminds people that she is the only female major candidate in the Minnesota governor's race, and could become the first woman to lead the state, but even more importantly leading up to the Aug. 10 Democratic primary election she tries to get across the message that she is not loaded with money like her two main opponents. "David and I live in a very middle class world with our two kids," Kelliher said. "We know what it is like to make ends meet.
ST. PAUL -- Governor candidates tell voters they want to improve education, expand health care, create jobs and do a myriad of other things. The trouble is, nearly everything they want depends on money, and Minnesota is hurting in that area. Badly hurting.
ST. PAUL -- Fast-growing and destructive Asian carp could take over Minnesota streams and lakes if the federal government does not act soon, a U.S. senator, the state attorney general and conservationists warn. Only the small part of Minnesota drained by the north-flowing Red River would not face a direct carp attack, said Luke Skinner, who supervises the state Department of Natural Resource's invasive species program. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL - The Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor primary election is tough to handicap. Polls ranking the three major DFL candidates often have put Mark Dayton ahead, but there are so many unknowns this year. Candidates Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Matt Entenza and Dayton each say they are targeting likely voters; the problem is knowing who is likely to vote. Most political observers say the only sure thing is that senior citizens will dominate the election. They always are most likely to vote, but this year it could be even more so.
ST. PAUL -- A half-dozen civil war buffs sat around a table at the Minnesota History Center listening to Matt Entenza. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor candidate took the first quarter of the hour-long gathering down the history path, talking about his ancestors settling on the edge of Minnesota, almost in South Dakota. He talked about his great-great-grandfather, a Civil War-era soldier.