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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By Don Davis / Forum Capitol Bureau ST. PAUL – Angie Weaver shed tears, again. “This means the world to our family,” the Hibbing mother said between tears of joy Thursday, hoping her daughter will be able to use marijuana extracts to ease up to 50 seizures she has a day. “This is going to help thousands of Minnesotans. ...
By Don Davis Saint Paul, Minn. - House and Senate Capital Investment Chairs Rep. Alice Hausman and Sen. LeRoy Stumpf have announced an agreement on a Capital Investment package that includes $846 million in GO bonds and an additional bill that includes $200 million in further investments in infrastructure projects. The bills include priorities with statewide significance, focusing on higher education, regional assets, transportation, housing, and basic infrastructure.
ST. PAUL – An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline. Honor the Earth officials say the Sandpiper pipeline is planned to go near or through some of the most environmentally fragile areas of the state, including the country’s largest wild rice bed. Enbridge Inc.
By Don Davis / Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee decided more information is needed about Minnesota's 2-year-old wolf hunt, so voted Tuesday to suspend the hunt.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators opened their 2014 session today battling the polar vortex. With the session starting at noon, the House plans to provide a $20 million boost to Minnesotans struggling to pay heating costs this winter.
MINNEAPOLIS - Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died Monday at age 83. Her death came a day after the Mondales’ church announced she had entered hospice care. “With the death of Joan Mondale, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lost a friend and the arts community a passionate advocate,” DFL Chairman Ken Martin said.
By Don Davis Being a vital cog in passing a major U.S. House bill generally is an exhilarating experience. But for U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, passing the farm bill may have been less excitement and more relief. “Today, after nearly four years of work, the House is finally considering the 2014 Farm Bill conference report,” the western Minnesota Democrat said as debate opened on the bill Wednesday. “It’s been a challenging and, at times, frustrating process.
By Don Davis / Forum Capitol Bureau . PAUL — Millions of Midwesterners face the threat of not being able to buy enough propane to heat their homes and businesses at a time when the country has more of the fuel than ever. The propane just is not where it needs to be, the Propane Education and Research Council reported Thursday. Also Thursday, Upper Midwest propane users got a couple sparks of good news. First, Texas Gov.
Don Davis Forum News Service BLOOMINGTON — Minnesotans living in a quarter-million rural homes depend on propane for heat, but soaring prices and shortages that experts predict will get worse are sending chills down their backs. Businesses and farmers are in the same situation, as are businesses that sell the fuel. Gov.