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 -- Minnesota's governor and attorney general want a petition filed by four Republican senators claiming the courts have no say in funding state programs during a government shutdown to be tossed out of court. Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton's attorney filed a court document this morning saying the senators have taken "diametrically opposed positions on the most fundamental constitutional issues," and asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The governor's response joins that of Attorney General Lori Swanson, a fellow Democrat, in asking that the case go away. Sens.
ST. PAUL -- The chairwoman of the Minnesota Senate ethics committee has dismissed a complaint about a Sen. Gretchen Hoffman tweet. Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, on Tuesday ordered the ethics complaint to be dismissed after Hoffman fulfilled requirements the committee established. Hoffman, R-Vergas, sent a letter to Sen.
ST. PAUL -- State government and outside organizations are pursuing a two-pronged approach to state spending: write a new budget and prepare for a shutdown if no new spending plan passes in time. For instance, those serving the disabled are trying to figure out how they can continue without money coming in. The secretary of state says businesses and voters would suffer in a government shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- A group representing nursing homes and other health-care providers for Minnesota's elderly asked the courts today to keep state funding flowing in case of a government shutdown. Aging Services of Minnesota and Care Providers of Minnesota filed paperwork in Ramsey County District Court to allow payments for 29,000 Minnesotans in nursing homes and 26,000 others who receive care in assisted living facilities or their homes. Gov. Mark Dayton last week asked the court to let those people receive care, but he would not pay the care providers. "Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Twitter and other social media are becoming intertwined with politics. Two situations illustrated that in the past week, and showed the connection can be politically dangerous. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., got the most publicity on the topic after it was discovered he tweeted lewd photos of himself to women. He resigned Thursday over the scandal. Minnesota state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, received far less notoriety, but also lost a battle over a tweet.
ST. PAUL -- Optimism was in short supply around the Minnesota Capitol Friday, two weeks before a government shutdown could begin. No high-levels budget discussions occurred, and none were expected this weekend after a Thursday disagreement between Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Questions and answers about the Minnesota state budget and a potential government shutdown: What is the status of the budget? The current budget ends on June 30, so a new one is needed to fund state operations as of July 1. Article 11, Section 1 of the state Constitution says, "No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law." If a new budget does not pass by July 1, much of state government could shut down. What is being done to pass a budget? Democratic Gov.