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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It could point to budget surplus
Cities big and small from across Minnesota want a state commissioner to order most video produced by police body cameras to be private. “This will help guide and direct us...
Leaders gather to talk about expanding access to rural areas
Communication is a key in preventing and battling oil train disasters, public safety officials stressed on September 2 during a forum convened by U.S. Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and...
Organizations can now offer more bingo games
Debate over issue began with Sjodin kidnapping By Don Davis Forum News Service A federal judge says sex offenders have rights, too, and recently told state officials to either make...
Legislature approves $23M for programs, $27M for testing
More than $800M is left unspent
A state budget deal is all done except for a few details, the chief negotiators said Monday, making a special session for lawmakers to complete their work possible as early as late this week. The almost-deal came on the day when nearly 10,000 state workers were told they could be laid off if no budget passes before July 1. “All of the points that are still outstanding, I would call minor points,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said late Monday afternoon. “We are really close right now. ...
Minnesota lawmakers could debate issues ranging from education to private accountants in a special session this spring or summer. It has been apparent for days that legislators will be summoned back to pass an education funding bill more to Governor Mark Dayton’s liking, but on Tuesday the governor said he would demand changes in at least one other bill and would like to see work on a range of other legislation. Dayton planned to veto an education bill that passed in the final day of the regular session Monday sans h