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 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher was fined $9,000 and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party $15,000 for what the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said was an illegal collaboration. The scheme board members said was improper involved the Kelliher campaign soliciting donations and then giving the money to the party to pay for the campaign's use of voter lists. That allowed Kelliher to circumvent campaign donation limits, the board ruled today. Kelliher, who lives in Minneapolis, is a DFL governor candidate and state House speaker.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota schools may be asked, again, to help balance the state budget. Pawlenty administration officials this morning said they may need to delay more school payments this spring when the state will not have enough money to pay its bills. And while they do not expect to borrow money from outside state government before the end of June, Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson said his department wants a plan to borrow $550 million just in case.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells the Minnesota Supreme Court that he followed state law and the constitution when he unilaterally cut state programs last summer, and he asks justices for a quick decision in the case. In late December, a judge ruled Pawlenty made some of his $2.7 billion in cuts unconstitutionally, and threw into question his entire budget-balancing action.
ST. PAUL -- Gov.