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 -- Amy Koch's resignation as Minnesota Senate majority leader came like a lightning bolt out of the blue. Reporters could almost hear jaws drop as they informed senators of the news when calling to get reaction. Many senators had not checked their email and reporters knew about Koch's move, and wrote stories, before the word spread. "You have the scoop on me," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Vikings need a new stadium and Minnesota needs the Vikings, the chief House promoter of a new stadium says. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The most visible legislator in stadium discussions is one who lives nowhere near where a facility would be built. Still, Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead said the project is so important to the state that he is glad to be part of the process. The lawmaker, in office nine years after a 22-year run as may-or of Moorhead, is in many news stories about the move to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and a variety of other uses.
ST. PAUL -- Former Senate Majority Leader Any Koch says she is sorry for being in a relationship with a Senate employee. "I regret more than words can express the hurt that I have caused to the people that I love, and to those who have worked and served with me over the past years," Koch said in a statement released late this afternoon. The Buffalo Republican said her Thursday resignation and Friday's revelation that it followed Senate employees complaining about an inappropriate relationship "have been very difficult for me and those close to me.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's battle plan to fight an Asian carp invasion includes multiple barriers to keep them from advancing upstream along the Mississippi River and into most of the state's waters. Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, said that between state dollars he will expects state legislators to approve early next year and some federal funds already available, there should be enough money to meet the immediate needs of the fight. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Upheaval within Senate Republican ranks could delay work on a Minnesota Vikings football stadium. "Obviously, it's a bump in the road," said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who is chief House point man for a stadium bill. Sen. Amy Koch, who resigned last week as majority leader, had become involved in stadium talks during the past month, Lanning said Tuesday, so without knowing who will replace her, questions arise. "Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Greg Roberts admitted "I was having some serious issues" upon returning from the Iraq war, but told legislators Monday the National Guard did little to help him to be part of civilian society again. "We basically got put on the bus, we went home and did a ceremony and that was it," the Bemidji man told House and Senate veterans' committees. Speaking via Skype, Roberts said the Guard should have called and said: "Hey, man, are you doing OK?
ST. PAUL -- One candidate for Minnesota Republican Party dropped out Friday after being arrested a day earlier while a colorful former legislator got into the race to lead a party facing financial woes. Hearing aid company executive Brandon Sawalich, who had gained support from many GOP leaders, left the race a day after he was arrested by Minneapolis-St. Paul airport police when his pickup truck was spotted with expired license tabs. Also on Friday, information surfaced that he had settled a sexual harassment dispute out of court. Meanwhile, former state Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's first female Senate majority leader resigned after fellow senators confronted her with allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a male Senate employee. Four senators on the Republican leadership team told reporters Friday that Senate staffers told more than one of them that they felt the relationship between Sen. Amy Koch and the worker was hurting the work environment. "This is a painful experience for all of us involved," said Sen.