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 -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann asked Gov. Mark Dayton to rip up an order he signed just after taking office this month joining a federal health-care program, but the Democratic governor Monday rejected the request as presidential politics. The order Dayton signed the first week of January enrolls Minnesota in an expanded Medicaid program (known in Minnesota as Medical Assistance).
ST. PAUL -- Early indications are that Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor and Republican legislative leaders are doing as the old saying goes: "disagree without being disagreeable." There have been some strong words from both sides in recent days, but nothing like has been seen in the past few years and those words mainly deal with policy, not personalities.
ST. PAUL -- A dormant state security committee is being reactivated to discuss how the public, state employees and Minnesota officials should be protected in the Capitol complex. Gov. Mark Dayton, top legislators and others made that announcement Tuesday after meeting in the governor's office. "Our principal concern in the meeting was ... how do we protect the public," Dayton told reporters afterwards. Protecting public officials "was almost secondary," Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said. The meeting was called after the Jan. 8 Arizona shooting of U.S. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's meeting with legislative leaders over security issues has been pushed back a few days, but some lawmakers feel pretty safe in the Capitol as it is. Dayton wants to meet with lawmakers to discuss Capitol safety after the Arizona shootings raised question about public officials' security. Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, is one of a few lawmakers who carry concealed handguns in the Capitol.
ST. PAUL -- The new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner wants to make sure the agency does not appear arrogant. "I will not stand for arrogance," Tom Landwehr said Thursday, shortly after new Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A key legislator says he is confident Minnesota soon will provide a new path for professionals to become classroom teachers. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said the so-called alternative licensure provision will be one of many education reforms the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will adopt. Garofalo and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, are offering similar bills that spell out what people without traditional teacher education need to do before they may be licensed as teachers.