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 - Al Franken and Norm Coleman are not exactly typical Minnesota politicians. Both are New York natives and Jewish, not the demographics of most Minnesotans. Neither sounds Minnesotan to this day, although that did not prevent party loyalists from giving them enthusiastic support. They spent a record amount on their 2008 campaign, one of the hottest in state history, and continued to spend though their election recount and court case.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court says Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race and should be sworn in as the state's second senator. In an early-afternoon ruling, five members of the high court agreed with a district court decision that Democrat Franken received more votes than Republican Norm Coleman. Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, attention turns to Gov. Tim Pawlenty as political observers wonder if he will sign a certificate declaring Franken the winner.
ST. PAUL - A southwestern Minnesota legislator who delivered some memorable speeches this year will be an assistant House minority leader. Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, was named to that position by new Minority Leader Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. Zellers has made no other changes in the leadership team he inherited. "I am honored to have been asked and appointed to serve as an assistant minority leader," Hamilton said. "Rep.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces on the first day of Minnesota's new budget cycle just what he will cut from the budget. There should be no surprises, only little changes from what he said he could trim a couple of weeks ago.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota city leaders say they have trimmed spending gently for the past six years, with the public feeling little impact, but those days may be over. With $44 million being trimmed from state aid cities expected this year and more than $100 million next year, mayors, council members and city administrators say the public soon will begin to feel the cuts. In Worthington, for instance.
ST. PAUL - A deal brokered by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson appears to have given a global warming bill a fighting chance to pass the House today. The western Minnesota Democrat negotiated for three weeks with House leaders who support legislation to slow global warming, saying he and other rural lawmakers could not back the bill as written because it penalized farmers. "We have, by and large, been successful," he declared Thursday. An amendment he offered removes or eases several provisions that could hurt ethanol production, he said.
ST. PAUL - U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar refuses to give in to a popular president's pressure to delay a new federal transportation funding plan. "We intend to move this bill forward, this administration not withstanding," a determined Oberstar said Wednesday as congressional committee work began on a $500 billion, six-year transportation funding plan that would mean more money to rebuild highways, expand transit programs and build high-speed passenger rail lines. President Barack Obama does not want the Oberstar plan to proceed.