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 key legislator wants to crack down on Minnesota charter school-related organizations that build schools with public money but without public oversight. Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, plans a Monday subcommittee hearing on the topic that she calls "troubling transactions." Saying that charter schools are valuable, Saltzman said the controversy is about whether school-related organizations should be allowed to use a legal loophole to construct buildings for charter schools.
ST. PAUL -- The problem is to find money to create jobs while the economy remains troubled.
ST. PAUL -- A perennial Minnesota legislative debate about local government aid is expected in the 2010 session, or maybe earlier. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is making noise about a big fight, and many city officials are concerned that they cannot wait until lawmakers return to the Capitol on Feb. 4.
ST. PAUL -- A pair of congressmen came to the Minnesota Capitol Tuesday to tell state legislators they should overturn a nuclear power plant construction ban. Minnesota U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, a Mankato Democrat, and Erik Paulsen, an Eden Prairie Republican, said nuclear power needs to be part of the electrical mix.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's H1N1 flu outbreak continues to ease, but state health officials warn that another wave may be on the way. "We may be down in terms of influenza activity," State Epidemiologist Dr.
ST. PAUL -- The first of what could be many Minnesota court rulings on Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Torrey Westrom gave Lissa Thies a simple request: learn the basics of using his mobile telephone. His Motorola Q is a typical smartphone, capable of surfing the Web, sending and receiving e-mails and handling text messages, besides being used as a telephone. Even to the most technically inclined, the nearly 50 keys are intimidating.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Immigrants are important to Minnesota's economy, especially for rural areas, a new report indicates. "Immigration stimulates job creation," according to the business coalition report. "As industries expand and hire new workers, jobs are created to maintain this larger workforce and to supply its needs for goods and services. Without new, young workers, certain sectors of the economy will continue to contract.