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 -- State and Minnesota Vikings leaders called Tuesday talks about a new stadium constructive, but they offered no proof that stadium construction was any closer than it has been for months, or even years. The take-away from the 90-minute meeting was that a bill must be written by Friday if it is to receive a vote during a special late-June legislative budget session. If the June 30 deadline passes without a budget passing, Vikings supporters could have more time. The most optimistic comment came from Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Vikings owners met with Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate ethics committee Monday night told state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman to apologize for a misleading tweet about a fellow senator. Hoffman, R-Vergas, must send an apology letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, and tweet a link to the committee's report finding her at fault.
ST. PAUL -- Dayton administration officials said there were more questions than answers Friday about a potential state government shutdown as more than 40,000 workers received layoff notices. Gov. Mark Dayton's Cabinet met Friday afternoon, without the governor present, to discuss a shutdown.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is gearing up for a government shutdown. Or not. A Wednesday emergency meeting of the 54-campus system's board of trustees resulted in a resolution supporting shutdown preparation.
ST. PAUL -- Kayla Meyer stood next to Gov. Mark Dayton, beaming, during a Wednesday ceremony celebrating a new law requiring coaches, parents and young athletes get more information about concussions. The New Prague, Minn., youth was one of several young athletes who suffered concussions to tell legislators this year that concussions need to be taken more seriously.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota churches and other civic organizations have Goodhue County churches to thank for being able to continue their fund-raising meals. Cathy Thiel and Pat Irruthum of Wanamingo jumped into action more than a year ago when a state Health Department inspector told St. Paul's Catholic Church in Zumbrota it no longer could hold the traditional church meals offered to the public. "I felt strongly that church dinners should continue," Thiel said Monday after Gov.
ST. PAUL -- The first major fallout from Minnesota's budget impasse is postponement of a planned early-August trade mission to China. Gov.
ST. PAUL -- It is two weeks since the regular Minnesota legislative session adjourned without passing a state budget, and less than four weeks to a potential government shutdown, but Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A special legislative session will be needed to pass the Minnesota budget, but other work was finished during the regular 2011 legislative session with 117 bills sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature or veto out of more than 3,000 that senators and representatives introduced. Many of the major issues are unresolved, pending the special session. And many of the smaller issues were embedded in the budget bills Dayton vetoed. Bills not passed this year remain alive when legislators convene their next regular session on Jan. 24.