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 -- A House committee Monday approved 10-7 a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage. While state law already defines a marriage as being between one man and one woman, proponents want the provision in the Constitution because it is more difficult to change than a law. Law professor Dale Carpenter of the University of Minnesota, calling himself a conservative Republican, argued in the Civil Law Committee against the amendment, saying it could "ignite a new round in the culture war. ...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is under no specific terrorism threat, but much like immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement officials say they are on heightened alert after the American military's killing of Osama bid Laden. "I have instructed Minnesota's Commissioner of Public Safety Ramona Dohman to redouble our vigilance in the next weeks to assure Minnesotans are fully protected from any repercussions from this incident," Gov. Mark Dayton said. Minnesota leaders mixed praise and relief with concern about the possibility of revenge terrorism from bin Laden supporters.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota leaders, from right to left, praised the killing of Osama bin Laden, recalling the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks he organized. The small group of Navy Seals who conducted the operation in Pakistan drew much praise, and President Barack Obama received thanks from both major political parties. "I won't listen to people criticizing President Obama today," Rep. John Kriesel said in a Tweet. The Cottage Grove Republican who lost both legs in the Iraqi war added: "He showed solid leadership in authorizing this mission. Well done Mr. President." U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- State Sens. David Tomassoni and Keith Langseth worry that elderly Minnesotans like their mothers may not be allowed to vote if the state requires photo identification before casting ballots. But photo ID sponsor Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Running back Jessey Grove took the football right up the middle during a game with rival Luverne last season, and was hit in the head. The Windom Area High School senior immediately went out of the game, but did not think he was hurt. "I did not think anything was wrong until the trainer used her test and said I had a concussion right on the spot," Grove told a recent Minnesota legislative committee meeting. After that, he felt fine, but sat out the rest of the season.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture policymakers say they set a pattern that other state budget negotiators should follow. "I hope we can serve as an example as the ag committee to other committees," Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said Friday after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Agriculture led the way in Minnesota's budget debate. Gov. Mark Dayton today signed a bill spending $77 million on agriculture programs for the next two years making some cuts while increasing funding for programs such as food inspections. Democrat Dayton and Republican legislative leaders cited the ag bill as what can be done if they work together. The bill spends a tiny fraction of the $34 billion-plus state budget in the next two years and traditionally is a bipartisan effort.
ST. PAUL -- Gary Anderson put his arm around Gary Boelhower as the latter of the Duluth Garys led a simple gay-rights cheer. "Just be fair," a few hundred chanted under Boelhower's leadership Thursday in front of the Minnesota Capitol. "We pull our weight," he told the crowd.
ST. PAUL -- At least one key legislator feels better about backing a new Minnesota Vikings stadium after meeting with the team owner. "It's brought some comfort to my decision to co-author the bill," Sen.