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 -- Minnesotans' Nov. 6 ballots will show two proposed constitutional amendments with the titles the Republican-controlled Legislature wanted. Four of six Minnesota Supreme Court justices ruled Monday that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie exceeded his authority in rewriting titles of the two amendments. The court ordered the Legislature-written titles to appear on ballots. In another case, the same four justices ruled that the question voters will see on their ballots to require voters to produce photographic identification also will be as the Legislature wrote.
ST. PAUL -- Legislators have the duty to write ballot titles for proposed constitutional amendments, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today, eliminating those that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie rewrote earlier this year. The court also ruled that a proposal to require Minnesota voters to show photo identifications before casting ballots will be in front of Minnesotans on Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Joe Biden is ready to give up his job. Well, only if he could become a high school football player. The vice president made a surprise stop at South Minneapolis high school football practice after delivering a 37-minute speech to a campaign rally. "Hey guys, how're you doing? My name's Joe Biden," the vice president said as he approached the team. Biden, a U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Help is on the way. The Minnesota Legislature sent that message Friday when it overwhelmingly approved spending $180 million so disaster-stricken communities can pick up the pace of recovery and make repairs they would not be able to accomplish on their own. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill shortly after the House passed the bill 125-3 and Senate 60-7 in a special legislative session lasting less than two hours.
ST. PAUL - Provisions to provide Minnesotans financial aid to recover from summer storms received little opposition this morning as two committees discussed a bill the full Legislature is to debate later today. Much of nearly $168 million of new funds in the bill, and $12.7 million already appropriated but no longer needed for various projects, would head to northeastern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators will return to St. Paul on Friday to approve $168 million in disaster relief for floods and other storm damage in June and July. An agreement Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders signed at 11:27 a.m. today allows no other action during the session, which must end by 7 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Biden says differences between presidential candidates are bigger this year than ever, and while in Minnesota on Tuesday he did not hesitate pointing them out. "This country faces one of the starkest choices in my memory," the vice president said during a 37-minute rally speech on behalf of him and his boss, President Obama. The Democratic ticket is the answer to the country's economic problems, Biden said, strongly attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. "Clearly, Republican obstructionism has slowed our progress, but it has no
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vice President Joe Biden pounced on Republicans, with his main targets Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, during an early afternoon downtown Minneapolis rally. "Clearly, Republican obstructionism has slowed our progress but it has not stopped our progress," he declared during a 37-minute speech. Biden shouted that the country's economy is growing, despite Republican efforts. He blamed the GOP on holding back progress that would form 14 million more jobs. Republican presidential candidate Romney and running mate Ryan want to bring back failed economic policies from the George W.
ST. PAUL -- The Democratic Minnesota House leader wants Rep. Kerry Gauthier, DFL-Duluth, to leave the Legislature after police reports indicate he and a teen-aged boy had oral sex at a highway rest area. "As I shared with Rep. Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election," House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a Monday statement. Gauthier was released from St. Luke's hospital in Duluth on Saturday and Thissen said he talked to the lawmaker after that. "I am deeply disappointed with Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Individuals and small businesses recovering from summer storms would share in a disaster recovery bill lawmakers are discussing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Minnesota's request to help home and business owners, but a proposed funding package of nearly $190 million from the Dayton administration includes more than $30 million of individual aid. Republicans a week ago said they had sticker shock over the proposal; they had expected something closer to $27 million.