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 -- Republicans are stereotyped as being rich, but Minnesota Republicans can testify that was not the case in the 2012 campaign. The Minnesota GOP state party began the campaign millions in debt and never was able to adequately fund election-year work. At one point earlier this year, Kurt Bills said his U.S. Senate campaign would provide backroom work for the party, but he raised little money and finished far behind U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Even with a robust state party, Republicans said they would have faced a fiscal cliff on Nov. 6. "Republicans are almost always outspent," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- It was easy to tell Democrats from Republicans in the Minnesota Capitol Wednesday, the day after the party snatched back control of the House and Senate. The Democrats were the ones wearing huge smiles. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party won all the big prizes in Tuesday's election, but the one with most impact on Minnesotans is taking control of the state Legislature. That gives the party its first trifecta in more than two decades: control of the state House, Senate and governor's office. Gov.
A decision Paul Wellstone made 10 years ago may have cost him his life, but it was typical for the U.S. senator. While running for his third U.S. Senate term representing Minnesota, Wellstone opted against appearing with former Vice President Walter Mondale and U.S. senators Edward Kennedy and Tom Daschle in the Twin Cities to instead attend the funeral of a friend on the Iron Range. The senator's son, Dave Wellstone, said in a recent interview that his father connected with common folks. "That is one of the things that no one ever knew that was a legacy of my dad," he said.
Three million Minnesotans are expected to exercise their democratic right to vote today as polls show some contests getting tighter. Thousands of volunteers for the two major parties, candidates and two proposed constitutional amendments today continue the frenzied work they have conducted in recent days to ensure supporters get to the polls. More than 235,000 absentee ballots had been filled out and returned by mid-day Monday. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie predicted voter turnout to be 78 percent, about 3 million. Chairman Ken Martin of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party on Monday sent p
ST. PAUL -- If the final Minnesota U.S. Senate debate did nothing else, it showed the political distance between the two candidates. Republican challenger Kurt Bills added distance between his views and those of U.S. Sen.
Lorie Gildea campaigns on her record of Minnesota chief justice, telling voters she helped get more court funding and that she makes decisions based on the law, not her feelings. Challenger Dan Griffith does not criticize Gildea, but blasts how she got into office: by governor appointment instead of a public vote. The two appear on Minnesotans' Tuesday ballot as one of three Supreme Court justice contests. Griffith and two other challengers of Minnesota Court incumbents focus campaigns on how justices are selected. Six of the seven high court justices were appointed by governors.
ST. PAUL -- Last-minute email fund-raising appeals are landing in many Minnesota inboxes by the dozens. They came from a diverse crowd. For instance, Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann appealed for an "emergency contribution" to fight back against comments made about her by former President Bill Clinton.
Challengers to Minnesota Supreme Court justices say that their job is tough.
Minnesota voters will be asked in the November 6 election whether they want to amend the state Constitution to define a marriage as between a man and a woman, effectively outlawing gay marriages. Here is a look at the issues: PROCESS The Minnesota Constitution is amended when the Legislature passes a proposed amendment and a majority of voters in a general election approve it.