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 News Service It has been a pretty fall with Minnesotans paying attention to Ebola and real-life experiences ranging from their kids’ sports to figuring out ways to afford life. Other than complaining about a spate of negative campaign television commercials, signs are that they are not as tuned in to the Nov. 4 election as they could be. “Generally, it has been a sleepy election,” Chairman Ken Martin of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said. Voter attention often is tough to grab in elections when a president is not on the ballot, like happens this year.
By Don Davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE The heat at Wednesday night’s Minnesota governor candidates’ debate was obvious from the moderator’s chair and across the state. From the best seat in the house, a few feet from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, the question immediately arose: What ever happened to that Minnesota nice attitude the pair brought into the campaign?
By Don Davis/ Forum News Service Minnesota's leaders want federal help to ease railroad delays. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday sent a letter to the head of the Surface Transportation Board saying that rail delays are hurting many parts of the economy.
By Don Davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief challenger took health insurance cost information the administration released Wednesday and used it hours later against the governor during their first debate. Republican Jeff Johnson said MNsure and new federal health laws have hurt the state’s insurance system, which he said had been best in the country. Turning to Dayton, Johnson said, “You wanted to be the first in the country to implement MNsure. ...
By Don Davis Mark Dayton rode to Redwood Falls City Hall in an immaculate black state-owned 2011 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by a state trooper. Joining him on the early-August trip were his press secretary and other state employees for an event celebrating the city’s participation in a military personnel aid program.
By Don Davis Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton latched onto a North Dakotan’s suggestion about how to make oil safer to transport earlier this month and on Tuesday asked North Dakota leaders to take action. Dayton wrote to North Dakota Gov.
By Don Davis It was cold last winter, really cold. Propane was in short supply last winter, really short.
BY don davis FORUM NEWS SERVICE The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the heating fuel’s price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks. “The situation is very encouraging,” Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday after meeting with about 50 people involved in the propane industry in St. Paul, with another 20 joining by telephone. Still, he added: “We’re not out of the woods.
ST. PAUL -- A Republican who grew up in greater Minnesota and now is a Hennepin County commissioner won the governor nomination Tuesday in his party's primary election. Jeff Johnson told supporters after winning that he has a tough race ahead of him because Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will be a good opponent.
By Don Davis/ Forum Capitol Bureau REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. -- Minnesota normally leads the country in November election turnout, but the talk in political circles is that Tuesday's primary election could produce a near record-low turnout. No one really knows in advance, of course, and this year may be more of a mystery than most. For one thing, August primary votes are pretty new for Minnesotans that for years voted in September primaries.