Don Davis, Forum News Service
ST. PAUL - The top priority for many rural Minnesota legislators is to improve state funding sent to elderly and disabled care programs. House speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, puts that in his top three priorities -- along with transportation and education -- and most rural members agree. Not only are such programs good for the people they serve, but lawmakers say nursing homes and other care programs are among the biggest businesses in many rural communities. Rural nursing homes, which are closing in increasing numbers, often serve as training locations for nurses, Rep.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis women who wrote to President Barack Obama about her financial struggles will share her thoughts with him when he visits the Twin Cities Thursday. The president's Thursday visit originally was announced to be for a Thursday evening fundraiser, but it has expanded into a full day and also will include a public Friday event. “I know staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference so I’m writing you to let you know what it’s like for us in the middle of the country and I hope you will listen,” a woman the White House identified
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republicans seldom duke it out in primary elections, but the Aug. 12 vote features a pair of GOP contests worth watching. In the Republican U.S. Senate race, unlikely party endorsee Mike McFadden will face Jim Abeler, who received little support at the party convention but who may benefit from what is expected to be an increasingly harsh campaign Democrats will wage again McFadden. Since McFadden, a party outsider, announced he was running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Democrats have made no secret that he has been the candidate they most fear.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s 2014 election campaign really got underway Monday. Republicans were looking to make a dent in Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party domination of state government, while Democrats sought ways to keep almost total power in state government.