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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BLOOMINGTON -- Federal government requirements on a home day care center his wife runs illustrate why Kurt Bills wants to be a U.S. senator. Bills and his wife, Cindy, spend 80 hours preparing their income tax returns. "Simply put, it takes too long," Bills said.
ST. PAUL -- Both sides in Minnesota's voter photo identification debate try to paint pictures about how life would look if the requirement passes Nov. 6, but the real picture has yet to be painted. If voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment, state legislators will take the brush to canvass next year to provide a detailed picture. Even before that picture is on display, those taking sides on the issue are saying how they think things would look in a voter ID world. For instance, cost estimates to implement voter ID range from a few million dollars to more than $100 million.
ST. PAUL -- Here are some issues related to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Minnesota voters to produce photographic identification before casting ballots. Process: The Minnesota Constitution is amended when the Legislature passes a proposed amendment and a majority of voters in a general election approve it. The governor has no official role. The proposed amendment will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Politics: In general, Republicans support the amendment and Democrats oppose it. The GOP-controlled Legislature passed a photo ID bill in 2011, but Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- As they campaign, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pretty much ignore rural-specific issues. It is not that they lack a chance to talk about such issues. Some of the major swing states are heavy on agriculture and candidates often stop there, with Iowa and Wisconsin two Midwestern cases in point.
ST. PAUL -- The two major presidential candidates say they love small businesses and want to help. "Now, Gov. Romney and I do share a deep interest in encouraging small-business growth," President Barack Obama said during his first debate with challenger Mitt Romney. "So at the same time that my tax plan has already lowered taxes for 98 percent of families, I also lowered taxes for small businesses 18 times.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie uses state funds to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photographic identification, two Republican state senators allege in a complaint filed Thursday. Sens. Scott Newman of Hutchinson and Mike Parry of Waseca asked the state Office of Administrative Hearings to find that Ritchie also misleads Minnesotans about the proposal, to be decided by voters Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican state senators today filed paperwork alleging Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has misled Minnesotans about a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photographic identification. Sens.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon said her first parachute jump was peaceful. At least it was after the initial fear of jumping out of an airplane at 12,800 feet. "After the parachute deploys and we settle down, it is a peaceful ride," Prettner Solon said Tuesday, her feet firmly planted on the ground.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court late this afternoon ordered Rep. Kerry Gauthier's name to be replaced on Duluth ballots. The order written by Chief Justice Lori S. Gildea said that Erik Simonson's name replace Gauthier. The ruling grants a request filed by Simonson and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party after Gauthier announced he would end his re-election campaign after a rest-stop sex encounter with a 17-year-old boy earlier this summer was revealed. House District 7B Democrats revoked their earlier endorsement of Gauthier, replacing it with a Simonson endorsement.
ST. PAUL -- Former Minnesota Gov.