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 - The Upper Midwest could gain from the global climate change conference in Copenhagen, but those from the region attending the meeting say the real work will come...
ST.PAUL - People attending next weekend's Minnesota state political conventions may wonder if they are in the right place. Democratic-Farmer-Labor party delegates meet in Duluth, while Republicans are packing their bags for Rochester. But once in place, delegates may discover the feeling in the two convention halls to be very different than usual. Democrats, known for boisterous conventions that often end with Democrats challenging other Democrats in primary election contests, could have a peaceful time of it. There is no doubt that U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Gov.
ST. PAUL - Rod Skoe doesn't understand why Sunday drinkers can't plan ahead. Roger Reinert doesn't understand why the state puts Minnesota liquor stores at a disadvantage to those in Wisconsin. The two Democratic state senators usually vote alike but are on different sides of a debate about whether Sunday liquor sales should be allowed. It is not one of those issues that pits Democrats against Republicans. There is more of a geographic tinge to the debate, but even that does not tell the story.
ST. PAUL - Friday was a good day for Jeremy Pauling and others who have worked long to make medical marijuana legal in Minnesota. An overwhelming House vote favored medical marijuana, then Gov. Mark Dayton said he could sign the House bill into law. Now, state senators must decide whether they can give up their broader bill and accept the slimmed-down House version.
ST. PAUL - The last remaining major puzzle piece to finishing the 2014 Minnesota Legislature is set to be put in place. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, Monday announced a proposal topping $1 billion to fund public works projects around the state. It comes two weeks before the Legislature must adjourn for the year. The state would borrow $846 million through selling bonds that would be repaid by general taxes. Some projects would be funded by bonds to be repaid by other sources.
ST. PAUL - Most Minnesota representatives agree that the state owes people wrongly convicted for crimes. The House voted 121-2 Monday to provide up to $100,000 a year to people wrongly imprisoned and up to $50,000 for people put on supervisory release after they were improperly convicted. They also would receive a certificate from the state indicating they should not have been convicted. Rep. John Lesch, D-St.
ST. PAUL - A judge says Minnesota's online voter registration system is illegal, but senators today will debate a law change to allow it. Senators plan to take up a bill House members passed 129-2 earlier this month, but Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said he does not know if the measure has Republican support. Gov.
ST.PAUL - Minnesota legislators have carried what popularly is known as get-out-of-jail-free cards since the 1980s, with the understanding that showing the card would prevent them from being arrested for crimes when the Legislature is in session. State Attorney General Lori Swanson and Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, say the card, based on a Minnesota Constitution provision, does not give lawmakers that protection.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest city will honor American Indians, not Christopher Columbus, on the second day of October. The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges on Friday unanimously approved a resolution making the change. The new holiday will be known as Indigenous Peoples Day beginning this year. Minneapolis has observed the federal Columbus Day holiday. "This act recognizes and celebrates the native people who still live on this land and will foster stronger relationships moving forward," Hodges said.