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 -- Eleven Minnesota day-care providers, supported by a coalition of conservative groups, today announced they plan to sue to stop a governor-ordered unionization election. Attorney Tom Revnew said his clients seek an injunction to stop the election, set to begin next week, asking nearly 4,300 in-home day-care providers if they want to join a union. He said state law does not give Gov. Mark Dayton authority to issue an executive order that set up the election. Ballots are to be sent out on Dec. 7, and day-care providers have two weeks to return them.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats make it clear they blame Republicans for rising property taxes, and will do that even louder in next year's campaigns. They hope the charge sticks this time. Democratic-Farmer-Laborite candidates for years have said GOP budget cuts, or lack of tax increases, have forced local governments to raise property taxes. It is happening again after a the Republican-controlled Legislature passed and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton approved a new law that changed the homestead market value credit program, which basically cut state payments to local governments.
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 -- 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 -- 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.