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 ST. PAUL — Primary care doctors soon may be in short supply, a Minnesota Hospital Association report showed on Monday. “Many of our hospitals, especially those in greater Minnesota, already have difficulty attracting physicians,” association President Lawrence J. Massa said.
By Don Davis / Forum News Service St. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans entering their sixth year of a fund that pays for a variety of outdoor projects have some advice for their North Dakota neighbors who this fall may decide to implement a similar fund: Work out spending details early. One of the few major problems encountered in launching the Minnesota legacy fund, with money coming from a sales tax increase, was vague language about how parks and trails money may be spent.
ROCHESTER — A Minnesota Republican who grew up in Detroit Lakes and now is commissioner in the state’s largest county became the party’s endorsed candidate for governor Saturday night. Jeff...
ROCHESTER — The Republican U.S. Senate endorsement came down to money vs. party tradition. Mike McFadden, the moneyed candidate, won. Candidate Chris Dahlberg had about $40,000 in his campaign bank account and led through the first eight state convention ballots.
The Minnesota Republican convention is a week and a half away, so governor candidates are doing everything they can to get delegate support. For Jeff Johnson, that means picking a popular southeast Minnesota politician to be his running mate. For Kurt Zellers, that means he will announce his running mate today. For Marty Seifert, that means he must decide whether to run in the primary election. Johnson on Wednesday announced former state Rep.
ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton said early in the year that medical marijuana would not pass the Minnesota Legislature this year. Dayton said there would not be enough time in a short legislative session (it began Feb. 25) to reach a compromise between law enforcement officers who oppose medical marijuana and those who support the concept. Instead of legalizing it, Dayton proposed an extensive clinical study by the Mayo Clinic.
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.