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 bid for a second straight national political convention may have taken a hit in this month's Republican-dominated elections. The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer's Jim Morrill writes: "The four states that Democrats are considering to host their 2012 national convention showed off their hospitality ...
ST. PAUL -- A brew of cattails, oil and beer put Kurt Zellers at the doorway to becoming Minnesota House speaker. Cattails: "I would drive around with my grandpa in his pickup..." Zellers recalled. "He said, 'See those cattails over there? We can't farm that anymore because the government said that that is wetlands.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Michelle Fischbach is prepared to assume the Minnesota Senate presidency, the first women in that position, bringing a long background in making sure legislative rules are followed. Much of her work will involve making sure rules are followed, something that has concerned her for years. Sticky notes protrude from her copy of Mason's Manual, a thick book laying out a legislative body's rules.
ST. PAUL -- Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer in the Minnesota governor vote count and also leads in getting ready to serve. Even though it probably will be more than a month before a winner is known, Dayton is beginning the process of picking top aides with a lead of less than 9,000 votes in the country's only undecided governor's race. Democrat Dayton and Republican Emmer both are making plans to be governor, although Dayton is further along. Emmer on Tuesday said he would pick his transition team "in a couple of days." Dayton already put one in place. Dayton Tuesday met with incumbent Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer said he soon will announce a transition team in case he overcomes am 8,751-vote deficit to become Minnesota governor. But in a 20-minute news conference today, the Republican candidate repeatedly refused to say whether he planned to challenge any recount in court or even whether he or the Republican Party is calling the shots. "I'm just trying to let the process go," the state lawmaker said over and over. He was asked several times whether he or party officials were making recount decisions.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate's first woman majority leader is ready to do what she and fellow Republicans see as the will of the people: no tax increases and help businesses create jobs. "We are prepared and able to deliver on the will of the voters," Sen.
ST. PAUL -- Rural districts gave Republicans much of the boost they needed to take control of the U.S. House. Bill Bishop and Julie Ardery of the Daily Yonder on-line newspaper, which covers rural issues, reported that "two-thirds of the 60 House seats switching from Democrat to Republican in this election were in the congressional districts with the most rural voters." Before Tuesday's election, nearly half of the 125 mostly rural districts were held by Democrats, a number that fell to just 22 after votes were counted.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie hopes to have a governor's race recount wrapped up by mid-December. A timeline from his office shows Dec. 14 as the date the board could certify a new governor. However, the losing candidate could take the election to court, where more months could pass before a governor is named. Democrat Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by less than 9,000 votes, within the margin that would require a recount. In the next couple of weeks, local election officials will check their numbers and forward their final figures to Ritchie's office.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans are used to saying they could do a better job of legislating if Democrats would just get out of the way. When the Minnesota Legislature becomes GOP controlled in January, they need to walk the talk. "It is time for the Republicans to step up and get some things done they said they would get done," Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said Wednesday between trips picking up campaign signs. "And I think it will happen." Or, as Rep.