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 – Let’s face it: What most Minnesotans want to know about the upcoming legislative session is whether lawmakers will raise their taxes. The answer is a resounding maybe. In most years, Republicans could be expected to reject any tax increase proposal. But some in the GOP, including a leader or two, say there could be tax increases for priority items such as nursing homes and transportation.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps some rural hospitals could just provide emergency room services, and drop full hospital services. Maybe medical schools could recruit more rural students and government could increase money available to forgive student loans to people who practice in rural areas. And it may be a good idea to stop paying medical providers just for performing medical procedures and, instead, pay them based on their success with patients.
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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won one final victory Tuesday to cap his nearly 40-year career as a public servant. Dayton beat Republican Jeff Johnson.
ST. PAUL -- Mike McFadden is making as much noise as he can in the waning days of the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, holding frequent news conferences filled with enthusiastic gestures. Al Franken stays quiet and does not seek out the media. He mostly leaves it to his campaign staff to make noise as Tuesday's election nears. Minnesota's U.S.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's chief challenger took health insurance cost information the administration released Wednesday and used it hours later against the governor during their first debate. Republican Jeff Johnson said MNsure and new federal health laws have hurt the state's insurance system, which he said had been best in the country.
ST. PAUL – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton latched onto a North Dakotan’s suggestion about how to make oil safer to transport earlier this month and on Tuesday asked North Dakota leaders to take action.
ST. PAUL -- The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel's price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks. "The situation is very encouraging," Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday after meeting with about 50 people involved in the propane industry in St.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Summer unofficially is in the history books, so it is Minnesota political season. It is time when voters may turn more attention to campaigns leading up to the Nov. 4 election. There are local races that attract some, but most Minnesotans who care about such things will focus on the U.S.