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Deena Winter

Deena Winter

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.

Republican AG candidate worked with group that spreads debunked abortion claims

By: - July 11, 2022

The GOP-endorsed candidate for Minnesota attorney general has served on the board of an anti-abortion group that spreads debunked claims that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, drug abuse, suicide and other mental health problems. Republican candidate Jim Schultz said during a March candidate forum he served on the board of directors for the Human Life Alliance

GOP state auditor candidate says he got into a car chase with an election judge in 2020. The police report tells a slightly different story. 

By: - July 11, 2022

Republicans’ obsessive fear of voter fraud extends beyond just pillow mogul Mike Lindell and people in red hats at Donald Trump rallies.  Ryan Wilson, the GOP-endorsed candidate for state auditor, tells a fantastical story about Election Day in 2020 to show his commitment to a fair vote:

Frey public safety commissioner nominee has provoked controversy elsewhere 

By: - July 8, 2022

Mayor Jacob Frey’s nominee for the city’s first community safety commissioner has faced scrutiny in previous jobs for alleged sexual harassment and financial conflicts of interest, according to media reports in other cities he’s worked. Frey tapped Cedric Alexander to oversee the mayor’s proposed Office of Community Safety

Fateh ethics hearing witnesses are no-shows; subpoenas coming

By: - July 7, 2022

Two witnesses were no-shows for Thursday’s Senate ethics committee hearing looking into two complaints against Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis, and will now be subpoenaed. The no-shows mean the Senate ethics panel’s investigation could continue into August, even as Fateh faces a DFL primary against education labor leader Shaun Laden. 

Senate ethics committee chair: Sen. Fateh’s unreported campaign office ‘very troubling’

By: - July 6, 2022

A DFL state senator — who is currently the subject of an ethics investigation — ran his 2020 campaign out of a south Minneapolis location without reporting paying any rent, according to trial testimony and campaign finance filings. A campaign office for Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis, was mentioned during a recent trial, and Senate ethics hearing. If Fateh received free rent without reporting it as an-kind contribution, he would be in violation of Minnesota campaign finance rules. 

Republicans push for changes to election procedures in Minnesota counties

By: - June 30, 2022

Right-wing activists have been pushing county officials in Minnesota to stop using absentee ballot drop boxes and allow more partisan election judges on absentee ballot boards during the upcoming elections. They’re having some success, too.

Scott County GOP files complaint against Republican candidate for state House

By: - June 28, 2022

A former Republican lawmaker who was unseated by Shakopee Rep. Erik Mortensen — and is now trying to unseat Mortensen in a rematch — has been accused of falsely claiming he was endorsed by the Scott County Republican Party.

Fact check: Anti-abortion pregnancy centers receive millions in state funding in Minnesota

By: - June 27, 2022

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Matt Birk incorrectly said in a Saturday Facebook post that all Minnesota so-called crisis pregnancy centers are privately funded.

Crockett is part of a national push to recruit an ‘army’ of activists to watch elections

By: - June 23, 2022

Kim Crockett, Minnesota Republicans’ presumptive nominee for secretary of state, is part of a national right wing network recruiting an army of activists to become poll workers, stoking fear among Democratic voting rights activists that they’ll seek to intimidate voters.  

The surge in police officers retiring due to disabilities has continued this year

By: - June 20, 2022

The surge in Minnesota police officers retiring due to disabilities since George Floyd’s police murder has continued.

Downtown Minneapolis neighborhood raises money for more police patrols

By: - June 10, 2022

An upscale downtown Minneapolis neighborhood is raising money to pay the city to do additional police patrols through a city buyback program.

Jones Day pushes ‘more litigious path forward’ in negotiations between MPD and state

By: - June 10, 2022

The city of Minneapolis is fighting back against the state of Minnesota after a scathing state Department of Human Rights report about the Minneapolis Police Department. Mayor Jacob Frey’s hammer in this conflict with the state is the international law firm of Jones Day,  which has taken on a larger role in negotiations since the departure of former city attorney Jim Rowader.