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 — Mrs. Smith is going to Washington. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken once he resigns after eight sexual misconduct allegations. Smith plans to run in the 2018 election to fill out the final two years of Franken's term. Franken has not said just when he will step down. Last week, he said he would resign in "the coming weeks."
ST. PAUL -- More than 250,000 Minnesotans could show up at precinct caucuses Tuesday to pick presidential favorites and make other political decisions.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's state revenues appear to be down, a state report shows this morning. Minnesota Management and Budget, the state's finance agency, said the projected surplus is $900 million for the current two-year budget cycle. Late last year, the state reported a $1.2 billion surplus. However, the finance agency declared that the budget outlook is stable, despite slower economic growth.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's real budget debate began today when state finance officials announced a $1.9 billion surplus, an increase of $832 million from a report less than three months ago. The surplus will allow lawmakers and the governor to spend more money, use it to cut taxes or increase the state's reserves -- or a combination of them. State legislators and interest groups already have announced desires to increase spending on a variety of programs.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators and governor will have a bit more to spend in the next two years. State officials announced this morning that better-than-expected revenues are expected to give the state budget $1 billion more than previous predictions. Revenues are expected to be up compared to a February version of the revenue report.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor struggled to point out differences among themselves to more than 1,000 farmers and agribusiness workers at a Farmfest forum Tuesday, but had no problem criticizing Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The moose population in northern Minnesota's forests is dwindling, but a tax that voters raised in 2008 could help save the giants. "All of us came together on this project, Minnesota Moose Collaborative, to do what we know would work for one element to improve the moose's existence: improving habitat," President Mark Johnson of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association said.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has expanded a financial aid program to help more low-income Minnesotans to afford to hear their homes. An estimated 120,000 more Minnesota households will qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program under Dayton's executive order. Dayton’s order comes after propane prices have doubled, and in some cases quadrupled, in recent weeks as suppliers find it difficult to get enough of the fuel to the Upper Midwest.
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesotans may be perfectly happy to see sex offenders tossed behind bars, with jailers throwing away the keys. However, a federal judge says the system Minnesota uses is so close to the throw-away-the-key philosophy that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature today overwhelmingly approved $168 million in new state aid for communities damaged by summer floods and wind storms. The House voted 125-3 for the measure, with the Senate following 60-7. The entire special session took less than two hours, and an expected House Republican protest regarding the actions of Rep.