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 - Those who support a gasoline tax increase say a State Fair survey shows Minnesotans as a whole do, too. "The poll demonstrates again that Minnesotans understand that when it comes to important issues like transportation, you get what you pay for," Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, said. "Because the gas tax is constitutionally dedicated to pay for roads and bridges, people know that money is going to be used to build better and safer roads and bridges." A House survey showed 58 percent of those polled would back a dime-a-gallon gas tax increase.
ST.PAUL - Minnesota's Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday dropped most of their wish list for a special session, and pleaded with Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call lawmakers back to St. Paul to only work on issues related to a Minneapolis bridge collapse and southeast Minnesota flooding. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, both Minneapolis Democrats, sent Pawlenty a letter asking that the session convene next Tuesday and go no more than two days.
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ST. PAUL - The Interstate 35W bridge collapse may have shattered a logjam that long has prevented increased transportation funding. But those logs remain floating and still could sink what on the surface appears to be clear sailing for a transportation funding infusion. Questions about how to raise transportation money and how much to raise remain unanswered, and in a large part undiscussed since the Aug.
ST. PAUL - Rep. Paul Marquart and Sen.
ST. PAUL - Twenty-seven World War II veterans from New London, Minn., beamed Tuesday as Gov. Tim Pawlenty hung medals around their necks and thanked them for serving their country. After the medal ceremony and a short speech, Pawlenty paused to have his picture taken with the heroes near a newly finished World War II memorial before heading up the hill to his Capitol office and a meeting about the collapsed Minneapolis bridge. "It was a great honor," said Alton Miller, who married a girl he met when fighting in France.
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty may lift his long-held opposition to raising Minnesota's gasoline tax if he calls a special legislative session, as expected, following a deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse. Pawlenty on Friday said a special session to increase transportation funding is likely.
ST. PAUL - Most Minnesota political eyes are focused on the Minneapolis bridge collapse, but another possible disaster will take center stage when farmers and politicians gather this week. Drought concerns are spreading like wildfire across parts of Minnesota. U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., for instance, says drought conditions are reaching crisis levels.
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., will be on the bipartisan Senate national security working group, an organization that fills in senators about negotiations between the Bush administration and foreign governments. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The National Journal's Web site asked a simple question recently: "Why is Tim Pawlenty in DC today?" The answer, in short, could have been to make nice with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Pawlenty is national co-chairman of John McCain's struggling presidential bid, and the Web site reporters put on their thinking caps. "One has to wonder where the GOP's 'next superstar' will turn if his current dog really quits the race." Besides looking to play a role in a Romney administration, the Journal guessed that Pawlenty could be looking at running against first-term Sen.