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 — Republicans call gay marriage a distraction from important duties legislators face, such as passing a state budget. On Thursday, Republican legislators packed a stage during a rally supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. About 1,000 people jammed the Minnesota Capitol, holding signs with slogans such as “marriage should be reinforced, not redefined.” President Brian Brown of the National Organization of Marriage energized the crowd in the rally’s keynote address.
ST. PAUL — It seemed as if pretty much no one liked Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to tax business services, prompting him to overhaul a budget plan he presented six weeks ago. Details of his new budget idea were expected to be released earlier this week. Dayton on Friday told a TwinWest Chamber of Commerce meeting about his decision to dump the business tax, leaving those in the Capitol wondering what he might do to increase revenue he wants for programs such as education and economic development, as well as filling a budget deficit.
ST. PAUL -- Prosecutors should not be threatened, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom says, and a bill Minnesota lawmakers are considering could help prevent that.
“They are so eager to learn,” the woman with a Bemidji child care service said. She could do a better job taking care of children, she told a Senate committee Monday, if she could work closer with other child care providers in a union. Trish Berger also loves her role as a child care provider. She told senators that many child care providers like her prefer their independence. “They don’t want to have to be regulated by a union,” the Esko child care provider said.
ST. PAUL — Many Minnesotans may be perfectly happy to see sex offenders tossed behind bars, with jailers throwing away the keys. However, a federal judge says the system Minnesota uses is so close to the throw-away-the-key philosophy that it violates the U.S. Constitution. He threatens to take action if Minnesota leaders do not fix the system.
ST. PAUL -- Gay advocates have lobbied for allow same-sex marriages for years, but they made little progress. That appears ready to change Tuesday when House and Senate committees will hear bills overturning a state law outlawing gay marriage. With heavy liberal Democratic membership on the two committees, the concept has the best chance to pass ever.
ST. PAUL — Republicans call gay marriage a distraction from important duties legislators face, such as passing a state budget.
ST. PAUL — Scammers who convince older Minnesotans to send money to people they think they are helping are targeted by a new bill. These scams continue to be a growing problem and we need to do all that we can to combat them,” said Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights. “This legislation is a great step forward and while it’s simple, it will make a huge difference in preventing these types of scams.” Atkins and Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, wrote the bill to protect senior citizens from what is known as wire fraud.
Minnesotans must loudly demand that lawmakers approve Sunday alcohol sales if the proposal has a chance to pass, its Senate sponsor says. Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, said the House is not going to consider a Sunday sales bill this year, so he will not pursue it unless the public raises a ruckus about the issue. “I’m to the edge of my ability to do something,” the senator said.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House will decide today whether to send a nearly $500 million public works borrowing bill to the governor or continue work on it. On Monday, the House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill, which would allow state funds to go toward colleges, roads, bridges, flood prevention and the state Capitol building, among other needs throughout the state. The Senate, which approved the bill 45-22, shifted some money to allow for funding new projects during its Monday debate.