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 on Thursday vetoed a 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 -- Minnesota's legislative leaders and governor say, in effect, that they are done negotiating with themselves and at least are talking about working together on a new state budget. But in case that does not work, several of 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 -- 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 -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton Monday 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 in charge of the Minnesota House and Senate join with Democratic Gov.
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 -- 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 -- Minnesota House members did not get a chance to vote on whether they want alcohol to be sold on Sundays. An amendment to a bill was dropped Tuesday before a vote. However, there was a debate on the issue, with Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, saying Minnesotans are crossing over to other states to buy alcohol on Sundays. "We are exporting our business to those states," Drazkowski said. "We do have to find a way for our businesses to engage on commerce on Sunday." Rep.