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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WASHINGTON—Federal officials plan to buy cheese to help poor Americans who need food assistance and dairy farmers who are suffering from low prices. Tuesday's announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $20 million to buy 11 million pounds of cheese from private companies comes as the dairy industry experienced a 35 percent revenue drop in the past two years.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota will not appeal a federal court ruling that called unconstitutional a Minnesota law restricting importing electricity from coal-fired electric generating plants. North Dakota filed the suit against the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Act, passed in 2007, and won in a federal district court. A federal appeals court panel in June agreed with the district court, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court the only opportunity for Minnesota to win. But on Monday, the Minnesota Commerce Department and Public Utilities Commission announced the state will not appeal.
ST. PAUL -- Farmers can forget about tax breaks to lighten their burden in funding new schools. Drivers on some of Minnesota's most dangerous highways will not see immediate safety...
ST. PAUL—Erica Bodell still cannot talk without crying about an accident that injured her three children, but said it is important to urge people not to drink and drive. "We could all have easily died that day," Bodell said Thursday as she joined the Minnesota Public Safety Department in urging drivers not to drink. "Someone else's choice to drink and drive changed my life." She was injured, as were her two sons, but her 3-year-old daughter suffered the most. Havana's neck was broken, and at first could not move, talk or breathe.
ST. PAUL—The man who often speaks for the Dayton administration is headed to the Obama administration. Matt Swenson, 32, will be press secretary for the U.S. trade representative in the Executive Office of the President for the next five months. He plans to resume working for Gov. Mark Dayton after President Barack Obama's term ends on Jan. 20.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's three top political leaders walked out to talk to reporters, wearing big smiles and delivering an occasional laugh. However, it did not take reporters long Friday to figure out that Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt had made little progress toward calling a special legislative session to pass a tax bill and fund public works projects.
ST. PAUL—Two, perhaps three, of Minnesota's eight congressional races will attract plenty of national attention as control of the U.S. House is at stake in November. Well-known Republican Jason Lewis' win in the 2nd Congressional District, in the southern Twin Cities and to the south, guaranteed that region will be in the spotlight as he takes on well-financed Democrat Angie Craig. Proving that was a blitz of statements from both sides in the minutes after Lewis was declared the winner Tuesday night saying how disastrous the opponent would be in Congress.
ST. PAUL—A lack of heated races kept many Minnesota voters home from Tuesday's primary election, but those who did show up helped set the plate for the Nov. 8 general election. Dave Hughes, a political unknown, will take on 26-year veteran U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in the Nov. 8 election. Hughes beat another political newcomer, Amanda Lynn Hinson, in Tuesday's primary election in the 7th Congressional District. With about two-thirds of the precincts reporting, Hughes had 60 percent of the vote to Hinson's 40 percent, according to unofficial returns.
ST. PAUL -- Local government officials across Minnesota need to know if a special legislative session will be called to pass a tax bill. They are nearing a deadline to...
ST. PAUL—Turnout in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election likely will be spotty, as there are relatively few contests this year. The only statewide race will pare three Supreme Court candidates down to one, although six U.S. House primary races are on the ballot along with contests for 28 of the 201 legislative seats. Statewide officials such as governor and attorney general are not up for election in 2016. And neither U.S. senator is on the ballot. Still, the state's top election official says people should vote.