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 -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton today vetoed Republican-written plan to redraw state legislative and federal congressional districts. Earlier, he said that he would not sign any redistricting plan -- or other election-related bills -- without broad bipartisan support. The redistricting plans left the House and Senate on mostly party-line votes. In a letter to lawmakers, Dayton said that he had warned them that he would not approve a redistricting plan drawn "for the purpose of protecting or defeating incumbents." Dayton said the U.S.
ST. PAUL -- Two colorful quotes demonstrate the tough state of the Minnesota Legislature. "Anyway, back to King Tut," Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, told fellow senators as she returned to a lengthy discussion of all things Tut and dinosaur, saying the Science Museum of Minnesota would be hurt by a bill cutting state programs. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, showed the mood of chief policymakers when he described Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The two sides in Minnesota's budget conflict agree on one thing: They are in no mood to negotiate away issues they hold dear in the remaining seven days of the 2011 legislative session. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will host an early Tuesday meeting with the National Football League commissioner and sponsors of legislation to build a new Vikings stadium. Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Minnesota to discuss the $1 billion stadium project, which the Vikings want to build in the northwestern Ramsey County community of Arden Hills. Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said he and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, are among those on the pre-breakfast guest list at Dayton's official state residence.
ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton this morning told Republicans he would cut his tax increase plan in half, but said that is as far as he will go. Republican legislative leaders left the meeting saying they never will agree to a tax increase. In that case, Dayton told reporters, Republicans need to come up with other new revenue to balance the state budget. "I will go halfway," Dayton said. "I won't go further." A week remains before Minnesota legislators must adjourn. Dayton's announcement this morning was the biggest change since legislative arrived in St. Paul on Jan.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans supported expanding the right to use deadly force during rare Saturday night debate, but opponents claimed the bill could create Minnesota murderers who could not be prosecuted. The bill passed 79-50, with some rural Democrats joining Republicans voting "yes." "If you murder somebody, you have more protections under this than if you shoot a bear or shoot somebody's property," Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, said.
ST. PAUL -- A week remains before Minnesota legislators must go home, but there was no progress apparent in the first overall budget negotiating session this morning. Republican legislative leaders came out of a budget meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton saying what they said when they arrived in St. Paul on Jan. 4: No tax increases.
ST. PAUL -- Rural and urban state representatives fought over parks and trails money during their first Saturday session of 2011. Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, accused Twin Cities lawmakers of being "extra greedy." Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, fired back that the urban and suburban area provides the state's economic basis, but is "getting the shaft" when it comes to money returning to her area.
ST. PAUL -- Fifty-four Republicans serving their first year in the Minnesota Legislature face their first end-of-session circus, and no one knows just how they will react. Many of the new Republicans in the 201-person Legislature come from the Tea Party faction, a conservative and libertarian movement that wants smaller government and lower taxes. Because of their large numbers, they and some existing lawmakers who agree with that philosophy hold many of the cards as legislative leaders and Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A Republican tax bill that cuts state payments to cities upset city leaders. The House-Senate tax conference committee agreed late Thursday to trim Local Government Aid as it wrapped up a tax bill, and phasing out aid to Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Comments rolled in all day Friday. "Last night, the tax conference committee decided to cut an additional 29 percent of Local Government Aid funding and cripple the state's largest cities by phasing out their funding," said Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll, president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.