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 -- More than 100 Minnesota school districts ask voters to approve paying $900 million more property taxes next week in an election some Republican lawmakers say was scheduled to favor passage. "This is not good for democracy," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said Wednesday. Garofalo, chairman of the House Education Finance Committee, said that he will push a bill in the next legislative session to require such levy referendums to come only in general elections when more voters go to the polls.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders met for more than two hours about a Minnesota Vikings football stadium Friday morning, emerging with no agreements. "All I can say is, 'Stay tuned,'" Dayton said during a brief news conference. Democrat Dayton met with Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who said they discussed potential funding for a $1.1 billion stadium and took a closer look at three downtown Minneapolis sites Mayor R.T. Rybak wants considered for a stadium.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials hope a $100 million investment they are making in banks will end up in the hands of small business owners. That could result in more jobs across the state. Gov.
A new test shows Asian carp appear to be moving north on the Mississippi River. Water samples in the Twin Cities tested positive for genetic material from silver carp, one variety of Asian carp. That indicates the carp likely are in the area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Recourses. Similar DNA traces have been found in the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The St. Croix joins the Mississippi near Hastings. Tim Schlagenhaft, a Mississippi River biologist, said the tests are sensitive and usually indicate fish are in the area.
ST. PAUL -- A conservative representative and liberal senator who seldom agree on political issues want to give the Minnesota Vikings football team the Metrodome if the team agrees to stay in the state 25 years. Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, and Sen.
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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton gives himself a Nov. 7 deadline for releasing a Vikings football stadium construction plan, but only if others get him information on time. "I am still in a listening mode," Dayton said Wednesday, adding that he has asked the Vikings and others to deliver information he needs to draw up "a more specific proposal." Nov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon leaves for China on an economic development mission Wednesday with lieutenant governors from five other states. The National Lieutenant Governors Association hosts the mission through Oct. 20 with a goal of expanding trade with the world's most populous country. Joining Prettner Solon will be lieutenant governors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
ST. PAUL -- Tim Pawlenty now thinks he spent too much time and money in Iowa, and Monday night said that if he knew then what he knows now he probably would still be in the Republican presidential race. After his official governor's portrait was unveiled Monday night in the Minnesota Capitol, he said that in hindsight he may have pulled out of the race too soon. "We were out of money; to go forward you have to have money," Pawlenty said.