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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Incumbent Minnesota U.S. representatives notched wins Tuesday. Congressmen declared winners included, with most votes counted: Democrat Collin Peterson of western Minnesota won 72 percent to 28 percent over second-time challenger Glen Menze. Peterson, according to unofficial returns from the Secretary of State's office. The dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation, Democrat Jim Oberstar, in the northeast and east-central area, easily out-distanced political unknown Michael Cummins 66 percent to 34. First-term Democratic Rep.
ST. PAUL - Arles Kumpula waited a full year for Tuesday. Or maybe it was more like 81 years. The New York Mills woman, whose Republican roots stretch back to Barry Goldwater, celebrated her 81st birthday as a Republican National Convention alternate delegate Tuesday, a year after her family's birthday gift was money to allow her to attend the convention. "I have been looking forward to this for a whole year," she said shortly after the rest of the Minnesota GOP delegation sang her "Happy Birthday." She has had a workout so far during this, her first, national convention.
Jesse Ventura may become a judge. Not a real judge, just a television version of one. Preliminary talks between Twentieth Television and the former Independence Party Minnesota governor apparently have begun for him to star in a half-hour court television show premiering in a year. Twentieth declined comment, Ventura could not be reached on Monday and there was no answer at his agents' office. The "TV Week" publication reported talks are progressing. An official for the Katz Television Group, which provides television programming advice to stations, told TV Week that Ventura's history as
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities told rural representatives on Monday that the House budget plan leaves out room for expanded state aid to cities. "We believe that failure to increase funding for LGA this year is tantamount to a tax increase," the coalition's John Sundvor said. The coalition and others who support LGA increases say added state aid would mean local governments can keep their property tax increases down. Democrats who control the House regularly have complained that Gov.
Dick and Lynne Cheney sat down in my office one day late in 1988. When I was editor of the Wyoming State Tribune in the states capital city of Cheyenne, lots of state politicians stopped by. There was the funny, wise-cracking Alan Simpson, one of the best-known U.S. senators of the time. And there was Malcolm Wallop, a senator few outside of Wyoming ever would know. Cheney was different from other politicians.