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 -- Norm Coleman is not running for governor, but he has advice for those who are: travel Minnesota. As U.S. senator, Coleman tried to do just that as often as possible. Many politicians see the "L" of southern and western Minnesota as especially important because residents there can swing back and forth between political parties. "It is important for folks in St. Paul to get out and about to know the state," Coleman said. "That is a challenge they have. ...
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota nursing homes simply do not have enough employees to prevent residents from falling, two Minnesota Senate committees heard Thursday. "I know we all hope to be independent until the day we die," nursing assistant Cheryl Dryer said. However, she added: "There are not enough staff to make the dream a reality." Nursing homes report about 1,200 resident falls a year, Darcey Miner of the state Health Department said. But there are no state or federal guidelines on how large staffs need to be, she said.
ST. PAUL -- Rick Stafford remembers 1994, when Republicans kicked Democrats out of congressional control, and with Tuesday's Massachusetts GOP upset he sees some similarities this year. Bill Clinton was the new, and popular, president and Democrats thought they were flying high in 1994. Newt Gingrich and company spoiled that in taking control of the U.S. House.
ST. PAUL -- Norm Coleman joked that he is "free at last, free at last" Monday, hours after he opted out of the Minnesota governor's race. Other Republican candidates also may have been chanting that refrain on Martin Luther King Jr. Day after complaining that donations and support were harder to find as GOP activists waited to see what Coleman would do. Late Sunday, Coleman posted a statement to his Facebook page saying that the timing was not right for a candidacy, noting that it is just six months after a grueling U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Rebecca Otto and Pat Anderson will run against each other again this year, a repeat of their campaign for state auditor two years ago. Anderson dropped out of the Republican governor's race to challenge Otto, the Democrat who unseated her in 2006. In making her announcement, Otto promised to continue improving government efficiency, accountability, and transparency in this tight budget time. "I think it will be an important race," Otto said. "Minnesota families can't afford another four years of the hundreds of millions of dollars in financial errors made by Ms.
ST. PAUL -- The Republican who could raise more money than any other and who has a ready-made state-wide campaign organization is not running for governor. Former U.S. Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Size matters when it comes to a public works funding bill, but the debate is whether big or not-so-big is better in the current economy. Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Friday that he wants to spend $315 million less to build and repair facilities around Minnesota than legislative leaders want.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to spend $315 million less to build and repair facilities around Minnesota than legislative leaders want. Republican Pawlenty this morning said he hopes lawmakers approve $685 million in public works spending, to be repaid by general tax dollars, while Democratic-Farmer-Labor party legislative leaders prefer spending about $1 billion. "You have got to be willing to say, 'No,'" Pawlenty said. Public colleges and universities would get the biggest chunk of money, 30 percent, mostly for fixing existing facilities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools may once again be asked to help pay bills when the state checking account is empty this spring. Schools and their supporters are not happy. "It is not just robbing the school districts, it is slapping them in the face for being fiscally responsible," complained Rep.