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 -- Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory. Santorum had 45 percent of the vote, with Ron Paul second as nearly two-thirds of Minnesota's precincts reported. Santorum's win in Minnesota's non-binding straw poll came on the same day that he won a Missouri primary election.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton all but ruled out the Minnesota Vikings' preferred site for a new stadium Wednesday, and said question remain about two downtown Minneapolis sites. With the 2012 legislative session beginning Tuesday, those answers are needed soon or no new stadium will be approved this year, the governor said. The Vikings' lease Metrodome expires Feb.
ST. PAUL -- A Thursday deadline and the approaching Minnesota legislative session are pushing Vikings stadium talk up front. Stadium talk dominates this week, especially on Wednesday because of an unexpected proposal to build a stadium in Shakopee. Brad Tabke, mayor of the southwestern Twin Cities community for a week, unveiled his plans for a Shakopee stadium a day before Gov. Mark Dayton wants all proposals on his desk. "Shakopee hosts 6 million visitors each year at ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, the Renaissance Festival and many other attractions," Tabke said.
ST. PAUL -- How Minnesotans use roads could help determine the shape of new congressional districts. Most major rural Minnesota roads go east and west, one of several similarities that Republicans say should lead to three mostly rural congressional districts that stretch from Wisconsin to the Dakotas. Democratic leaders, meanwhile, claim there are so many differences between eastern and western Minnesota that they should be in separate districts.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem has filled out his leadership team with two committee chairmen. The Rochester Republican Tuesday appointed Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen as deputy leader and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria as the fifth assistant majority leader Ingebrigtsen had considered running for majority leader last week to keep rural issues at the forefront. But he was not nominated. Senjem and Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie were the two senators in the running to replace Sen.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- Minnesota Senate Republicans promised a fresh start Tuesday night, putting behind a scandal and spending 11 hours picking Sen. Dave Senjem as their new leader. The senators also elected a new slate of assistant leaders during their close-door meeting. "No more looking backward," the Rochester Republican said when he was introduced as the majority leader. Senjem returns to the chief Republican post after a year as an assistant leader. Before that, as minority leader he helped orchestrate the first GOP Senate majority in 38 years. Tuesday's election was forced when Sen.
Former Senate Majority Leader Any Koch says she is sorry for being in a relationship with a Senate employee. "I regret more than words can express the hurt that I have caused to the people that I love, and to those who have worked and served with me over the past years," Koch said in a statement released late Wednesday afternoon. The Buffalo Republican said her Thursday resignation and Friday's revelation that it followed Senate employees complaining about an inappropriate relationship "have been very difficult for me and those close to me.