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 -- Ted is ready for the spotlight. Really ready. In fact, he is so ready that he escaped from his cage in a dark corner of the governor's reception room Friday, and made a break for the bright television lights. Ted proudly strutted past the gubernatorial podium and into plain sight in a large empty area in front of it, where still cameras clicked, video cameras whirred and reporters scribbled notes that looked like turkey scratching. Val Brown, of the Willmar FFA, quickly launched into action, saving the surprised politicians and media from Ted. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Winter is setting in, giving soldiers on the front line of the Asian carp war a few months to form and implement a battle plan. "We have a brief window of time," Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton does not think a special legislative session to approve a Vikings football stadium is likely. "I am doubtful there will be a special session," Dayton told reporters Tuesday. While the Democratic governor said he has reached out to stadium bill authors Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, and Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The courts likely will decide whether state-subsidized home daycare providers may join unions. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday ordered an election next month to see if the providers want to unionize. Minutes later, Republicans said they would ask a court to prevent the election. Some Minnesotans who run daycare centers in their homes have asked for six years for the right to unionize, citing their low wages and poor working conditions.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton this morning ordered an election to allow child care providers to vote whether they want a union representing them. Republicans immediately said they will go to court to prevent next month's vote. Dayton said child care providers who receive state subsidies asked him to unilaterally order union representation to improve their wages and working conditions. However, he said, the American way is to conduct an election. The vote will happen next month, with results to be announced Dec.
Maybe it's the fresh-ground carrots in the batter or the extra cream cheese in the frosting or the desire to plea-se customers. Whatever the reason, Patty Murtaugh's tasty carrot cakes are a big hit.
ST. PAUL -- A new bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin awaits votes by the full U.S. House and Senate. The final committee hurdle came this morning when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the bridge with bipartisan support. The final House committee already has given the plan its blessing. "This is an important step in advancing this critical project so that residents and businesses in Stillwater and the St. Croix River Valley can finally have a safe, more efficient alternative to the 80-year-old lift bridge," said Sen.
ST. PAUL -- A state senator says he blocked spending $60 million of federal health program money in Minnesota because he did not have enough information regarding how and where the money would be spent. "It is my intention to give every federal grant scrutiny," Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said Tuesday after Democratic Gov.
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