Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.
GOP elections bill would create ballot board observers; require ballot boards to be livestreamed
By: Deena Winter - April 19, 2022
A lot more eyes — and video cameras — could be watching absentee ballot boxes and boards that accept or reject absentee ballots under legislation making its way through the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate. A major elections bill (SF 3469) would mandate that counties allow observers — appointed by political parties and candidates — to watch ballot boards, which examine absentee ballot envelopes to determine if ballots should be accepted or rejected.
Chief judge denies Hennepin County request to remove judge from all felony cases
By: Deena Winter - April 14, 2022
The chief Hennepin County judge has denied a request by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to remove a judge from all felony cases.
The Republican push to get more eyes on the polls this November
By: Deena Winter - April 13, 2022
Republicans are engaged in a furious effort to recruit election judges, guided in part by the false impression that the 2020 election was stolen, and that an army of GOP eyes will secure victory next time.
Want court documents? It will cost you, and now lawmakers want to stop it
By: Deena Winter - April 12, 2022
State lawmakers appear poised to stop the Minnesota judicial branch’s plan to begin charging people $8 per document for court papers obtained online.
Hennepin County sheriff candidate was disciplined for mishandling missing person report
By: Deena Winter - April 7, 2022
Bloomington police officer Jai Hanson, who is running for Hennepin County sheriff, was disciplined in 2018 for mishandling a missing person report in which a group home resident was found dead of suicide.
Right-wing insurgents notch a few more wins at GOP conventions
By: Deena Winter - April 5, 2022
Right-wing insurgents continued to win a handful of party endorsements at conventions over the weekend in Minnesota. A number of candidates affiliated with the right-wing activist group Action 4 Liberty are running for office, challenging what their leader calls “weak and feckless” Republicans. Many of them oppose COVID-19 vaccinations, masks and Gov. Tim Walz’s pandemic restrictions.
Limmer: Republicans won’t give money to nonprofits for unproven programs
By: Deena Winter - April 1, 2022
Minnesota Republicans and Democrats at the Legislature disagree about using new nonprofit groups to stop crime.
Clay County faction holds its own GOP ‘convention,’ says it will send delegates to state convention
By: Deena Winter - March 30, 2022
A faction of Clay County Republicans held a convention in a rural farmhouse on Saturday, even though the Minnesota Republican Party canceled the planned convention amid a power struggle within the county party.
Action 4 Liberty may be on the fringe of the GOP, but some of their candidates are getting endorsed
By: Deena Winter - March 30, 2022
Right-wing anti-vaxx, anti-mask, “stop-the-steal” candidates are shaking up a few local Republican conventions in Minnesota, though the establishment has come out on top in most. At least eight people affiliated with the right-wing activist group Action 4 Liberty are running for office, challenging what their leader calls “weak and feckless” Republicans. And some are winning.
State GOP lawmakers question Minneapolis use of ‘violence interrupters’
By: Deena Winter - March 29, 2022
Minneapolis’ effort to use nonprofit groups instead of cops to keep the peace faces twin attacks from unlikely bedfellows: Republican lawmakers who question the effectiveness of the groups — and progressive activists demanding more transparency about how the groups spend city money.
Clay County GOP convention canceled after dispute over who’s the county chair
By: Deena Winter - March 25, 2022
The Clay County Republican convention scheduled for Saturday in Moorhead has been canceled in connection with a dispute over who is the rightful chair of the county party.
House DFL beefs up, then passes public safety bill out of committee
By: Deena Winter - March 24, 2022
Minnesota House Democrats passed a $150 million public safety package out of committee on Thursday aimed at helping help communities fight crime and hire more cops.