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 -- Pomp and policy mixed Tuesday as Minnesota legislators returned to work in their 2015 session. Winifred Swedzinski, 6, was in the House chamber for the pomp as...
ST. PAUL -- Uniting Minnesota is one of Gov. Mark Dayton's goals as he begins his second, and final, term as the state's chief executive. "What helps some Minnesotans usually...
State Sen. Kent Eken wants to boost state funding 5 percent for home-based care Minnesota's elderly and disabled receive, as well as giving a similar raise to nursing homes.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators must help write a state budget topping $40 billion and deal with all kinds of significant issues their constituents find important. But that will be...
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House energy focus may change in 2015. Rep. Pat Garofalo, who will lead a committee dealing with job growth and energy, said that energy programs...
Minnesota needs to spend $244 million to improve railroad crossing safety where oil trains cross the state, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported on New Year's Eve.
"Help wanted" signs hang in front of businesses and factories throughout rural Minnesota and in many communities even if those jobs are filled, workers may not find homes nearby.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to focus on education and transportation funding when the Minnesota Legislature opens next week, but said he welcomes anyone "to knock on the door" and offer suggestions for what else should be accomplished.
Most accounts indicate that rural Minnesotans demand better high-speed Internet service, but lawmakers who represent them are split on the issue.
ST. PAUL -- Let's face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes. The answer is a resounding maybe...