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 -- Minneapolis officials say they have enough votes on their City Council to approve a new Vikings stadium, but financing and other issues keep the proposal in doubt. Mayor R.T. Rybak this morning gave Gov. Mark Dayton letters of support from seven council members, giving the stadium a majority backing.
ST. PAUL -- Showing photo identification before voting may be inconvenient, but the senator sponsoring a proposal to require voter photo ID says it is worth it. "I will willingly admit that there is some burden placed on some of our citizens in exercising their right to vote," Sen. Scott Newman said Friday before Minnesota senators voted 36-30 mostly along party lines to require photo IDs. "On balance, I believe this (constitutional) amendment is the right thing to do." The bill will go to Minnesota voters in the Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate Ethics Committee stalled along party lines Friday when trying to decide if a senator breached legislative ethics in dealing with an affair between the then-Senate majority leader and an employee. The panel twice split 2-2 about whether Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, acted quickly enough and was discreet in handling an affair between Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, and Senate GOP Communications Director Michael Brodkorb. Committee work was interrupted when the full Senate went into session, delaying any final action. Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St.
ST. PAUL -- The question of whether to require voters to produce photo identifications is in the hands of Minnesota senators. The Senate rules committee Wednesday advanced to the full Senate a bill similar to one the House passed earlier in the day. The Senate is to begin debate on the measure Friday afternoon. If the Republican-controlled Senate agrees with the House, which approved the measure 72-62, Minnesota voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to amend the state Constitution to include the photo ID requirement.
Update 8:30 a.m.:
Public works funding proposals - Total to be repaid by general taxes. Dayton, $756 million; House, $280 million. - University of Minnesota general repairs. Dayton, $20 million; House, $35 million. - Itasca biological station, University of Minnesota. Both, $4 million. - New University of Minnesota power and heat plant. Dayton, $54 million; House, zero. - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities general repair. Both, $20 million. - Bemidji State University business building predesign.
Late Tuesday update
ST. PAUL -- Wadena is losing residents and businesses, city leaders told a Minnesota Senate committee Monday in seeking state aid to rebuild facilities lost in a 2010 tornado. "We have been planning for 21 months," Mayor Wayne Wolden told members of the Senate committee that recommends public works project funding.
ST. PAUL -- A couple of Democrats say the interim leader of the Minnesota Senate lied to reporters about a sex scandal in December and one of them filed an ethics complaint Monday. "There should be a public apology on the floor of the Senate," Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul said about Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The past week was full of big news under the Minnesota Capitol dome, everything from hundreds of workers protesting a proposal that would make joining unions optional to a sex scandal to the sudden stalling of a stadium construction bill. But the most entertaining episode probably was an unannounced appearance by a Minnesota football legend, former Vikings coach Bud Grant, urging lawmakers to raise hunting and fishing license fees to fund programs related to those activities.