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 -- There they were in the governor's office, frequently the scene of Democrat bashing, the Republican governor praising Democrats, and vice versa, over a new anti-drunken driving law. Gov. Tim Pawlenty invited to a bill signing Democratic-Farmer-Laborite sponsors of a bill requiring repeat drunken drivers to use a device proving they are sober before driving. As he prepared to sign the bill into law, he said he was sorry to see the two retire from the Legislature.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers missed another deadline when the sun came up this morning, the second in just a few hours. And a second bill came up during what was supposed to be a single-bill session as the hours drifted by. House Republicans met with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at length this morning, delaying the start of debate.
ST. PAUL -- A Democratic-Farmer-Laborite spending cut and tax bill ended up trashed late this morning. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty fulfilled his promise to veto the bill soon after it arrived in his office.
ST. PAUL -- The Pawlenty administration is making plans to manage the state budget in case this week's Minnesota Supreme Court ruling leads to a run on state funds. Gov. Tim Pawlenty today ordered his commissioners to figure out payments they can delay.
ST. PAUL -- A dramatic Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Wednesday threw state budget talks back to 2009. Minnesota legislators and Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed to balance the state budget a year ago and a Wednesday high court ruling ordered them back to the negotiations table they left then. The court threw out the governor's summer unilateral budget cuts and told the two sides try again to plug a $2.7 billion budget hole. Pawlenty used a process known as unallotment to cut spending and balance the budget after negotiations failed.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher outlasted a slew of rivals Saturday night to emerge as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's choice for Minnesota governor -- the first woman backed by a major party for the state's highest elected office. "Are you ready to make some history? Are you ready to make history together?" Kelliher asked the convention as she accepted the endorsement. Kelliher edged Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who conceded at 11:10 p.m. after nearly 1,400 delegates cast five ballots. Kelliher's path to November is far from clear, with three major Democrats -- former U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Anti-tobacco activists spread out around the Minnesota Capitol Wednesday in an effort to convince lawmakers to ban products they say are designed to hook children on nicotine. A bill due up for a legislative committee hearing today would forbid sale of "e-cigarettes," designed to give users nicotine vapor without tobacco, and related nicotine products. The bill also would classify "little cigars" as cigarettes. "The new products, they are sneaky," said Dr. Mary Boylan of St.
ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota lawmakers say they have found a way to prevent closing physical and mental health facilities serving the disabled, mentally ill, chemically dependent and those with brain injuries. They would spend $17 million in federal and state money to keep the facilities open at least temporarily. Some lawmakers say the goal is to fund the programs until Gov. Tim Pawlenty leaves office, with the hope that the governor who takes office next January will be more friendly toward the programs. Sen.