Briefs

State GOP apologizes for Soros video, defends Kim Crockett

BY: - May 19, 2022

The chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party has apologized for a campaign video shown at the recent state party convention that showed Jewish Holocaust survivor George Soros as a puppet master controlling Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, who is also Jewish. The puppet master motif, which was used in a campaign video for GOP-endorsed […]

Report says hundreds of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

BY: - May 18, 2022

More than 1 in 5 state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report.  Together the lawmakers sponsored 963 bills during the most recent legislative sessions, said the group that wrote the report, which describes the far-right efforts as anti-human rights. The Institute for Research and […]

Deadline looming for lawmakers to finish writing budget bills

BY: - May 17, 2022

Quarreling lawmakers, who have been slow to fill in details on a compromise $8 billion package of tax cuts and new spending, threaten to derail an on-time end to the legislative session.   Just six days remain until the divided Legislature has to adjourn, but lawmakers have less than that to reach compromises, draft bills and […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

Walz signs bill funneling $300 million from settlement into state opiate response fund

BY: - May 12, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday signed a bill funneling $300 million from a multi-state settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors into the state’s opioid response fund.  Through the fund, the settlement money will be used for opioid addiction and overdose education, prevention, treatment and recovery efforts across the state. The news comes as the federal […]

Minn. House Speaker ‘feeling fine’ after learning of COVID-19 infection, will negotiate remotely

BY: - May 11, 2022

End-of-session legislative negotiations are being upended as House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, announced Wednesday she has COVID-19. “My allergies seemed a little bit worse this morning than a normal spring day so I thought it would be prudent to check,” Hortman tweeted, adding she was “feeling fine” and is fully vaccinated and had received […]

Senate GOP moves forward with tax credit, insurance product family leave proposals

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Minnesota Senate passed on Tuesday a bill that the GOP majority describes as a “free-market solution” to ensuring more Minnesotans have access to paid family leave. The bill, introduced by Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Waconia, would allow insurance companies to offer paid family leave benefits product in Minnesota, which state law currently prohibits. The Senate […]

Court of Appeals denies Freeman’s push to remove judge from all felony cases

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Hennepin County attorney was again blocked from trying to remove a judge from all felony cases. The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied the request of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who asked the court to overrule the district judge.

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

Education associations urge lawmakers to address special education funding shortfalls

BY: - May 9, 2022

Nine statewide education associations on Monday called for lawmakers to cover schools’ special education funding shortfalls with a portion of the state’s projected $9.25 billion budget surplus. Minnesota school districts don’t receive enough state or federal funds to cover the costs of providing mandatory services for students with disabilities, resulting in a funding gap that […]

Walz, legislative leaders are meeting regularly as committees debate budget bills

BY: - May 9, 2022

Around the Capitol, no news tends to be good news when it comes to legislative negotiations, as tight-lipped lawmakers usually means progress behind closed doors.  Two weeks remain until the Legislature adjourns, with a long to-do list and busy schedule of committee meetings that aim to settle the vast differences between the GOP-led Senate and […]