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 leaders, from right to left, praised the killing of Osama bin Laden, recalling the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks he organized. The small group of Navy Seals who conducted the operation in Pakistan drew much praise, and President Barack Obama received thanks from both major political parties. "I won't listen to people criticizing President Obama today," Rep. John Kriesel said in a Tweet. The Cottage Grove Republican who lost both legs in the Iraqi war added: "He showed solid leadership in authorizing this mission. Well done Mr. President." U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The most-heard comment around the Minnesota Capitol these days is: "I don't see how we get there." Those words frequently are uttered by legislators, administration officials, lobbyists, reporters and others who frequent the halls of power. The phrase quite simply means that Republicans in control of the Legislature and Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A bill expanding Minnesotans' rights to defend their homes split the law enforcement community before it received Thursday approval in a state House committee. "We like to refer to it as a self-defense bill," said Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, a police chief wearing his usual handcuff lapel pin. Current law requires a person to retreat from a home invader before using deadly force such as a gun.
ST. PAUL -- State Sens. David Tomassoni and Keith Langseth worry that elderly Minnesotans like their mothers may not be allowed to vote if the state requires photo identification before casting ballots. But photo ID sponsor Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Chris Heffele was under more pressure than many Minnesota House meeting witnesses. First, the high school student was talking to high-powered state representatives. Second, he faces problems because of two concussions that occurred in sports events. Third, he was sitting next to the author of the bill being discussed who also is father of the girl he is dating. Heffele told a House committee Wednesday that he supports a bill by Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans want to decide whether gay marriage is allowed, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday in announcing they are promoting a constitutional amendment to define a marriage as between one man and one woman. "This issue constantly comes up during legislative sessions and it's time for the people to decide," said state Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. "Allowing a small number of politicians, or activist judges, in St. Paul to decide the definition of marriage would not be acceptable." Limmer and other Republicans propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage.
ST. PAUL -- Running back Jessey Grove took the football right up the middle during a game with rival Luverne last season, and was hit in the head. The Windom Area High School senior immediately went out of the game, but did not think he was hurt. "I did not think anything was wrong until the trainer used her test and said I had a concussion right on the spot," Grove told a recent Minnesota legislative committee meeting. After that, he felt fine, but sat out the rest of the season.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's agriculture policymakers say they set a pattern that other state budget negotiators should follow. "I hope we can serve as an example as the ag committee to other committees," Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, said Friday after Gov.