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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon

Trump promotes disinformation on poll watchers during first presidential debate

BY: - September 30, 2020

During the first presidential debate Tuesday night, President Donald Trump claimed that poll watchers — people who monitor polling places and potentially challenge votes — were kicked out of Philadelphia polling places. This is not true. “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen,” […]

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Wanted: Election judges (GOP especially)!

BY: - September 30, 2020

President Trump created a furor during Tuesday’s presidential debate when he called on his supporters to be “poll watchers.” It was interpreted by many to mean he wants his supporters to go to polling stations to intimidate voters. But election judges are a real thing and an important part of Minnesota’s long history of best-in-the-nation […]

After revelations about payments from Hagedorn, Al Travis taken off the air until after election

BY: - September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — A Mankato radio host has been pulled off the air until after the November elections, after the Minnesota Reformer revealed he had interviewed U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn on the air without disclosing to his listeners he had been paid by the congressman’s campaign. Al Travis Thielfoldt, who hosts Al in the Afternoon on […]

Minnesota Court of Appeals rules transgender students can use locker room matching their gender identity

BY: - September 29, 2020

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled in favor of a former Anoka-Hennepin School District high school student who said he faced discriminaton after being forced to use a private locker room for transgender male students. The student, identified in the lawsuit by initials, N.H., was a student at Coon Rapids High School from […]

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sues to allow election to resume in November after postponement

BY: - September 28, 2020

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, the first term Democratic-Farmer-Labor congresswoman from Minnesota’s 2nd District, is suing in federal court to allow her re-election to resume in November. Last week, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon postponed the election after the sudden death of Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuna Now candidate. Weeks’ party achieved major political party […]

Minnesota state lawmaker reports threatening email to police

BY: - September 28, 2020

A Minnesota state senator on Sunday said he reported a threatening email to Lakeville police  State Sen. Matt Little, DFL-Lakeville, is currently running for re-election in a competitive district. The former Lakeville mayor on Sunday night tweeted about the email he says his campaign received Friday night. “Yesterday, I received a graphic death threat against […]

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How an obscure election law at the center of 2nd district race turmoil came together

BY: - September 25, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone’s 2002 death less than two weeks before Election Day created an unprecedented situation for Minnesota election administrators  — but the tragedy wouldn’t spark a change in Minnesota election law until more than a decade later.  Beth Fraser, a former deputy Secretary of State, recalls the discussions that shaped the eventual […]

Minnesota reports 1,191 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - September 25, 2020

More than 94,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,994 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 1,191 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,924,020 tests have been completed. Of the 94,189 people who have tested positive, 84,256 no longer need to be isolated.

Minnesota reports 995 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

BY: - September 24, 2020

More than 93,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,988 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 995 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,895,302 tests have been completed. Of the 93,012 people who have tested positive, 83,862 no longer need to be isolated.

Workers at Classical MPR and The Current announce intent to unionize

BY: - September 24, 2020

Employees of Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music station and The Current, its contemporary music station, announced their intent to form a union on Thursday, citing a need for more equitable pay, greater staff diversity and more consistent and transparent discipline.  The announcement comes during a week that has already roiled one of the largest nonprofits […]

Legal Marijuana Now candidate for 2nd congressional district dies, potentially triggering special election

BY: - September 24, 2020

Adam Weeks, who was running for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District as the Legal Marijuna Now Party candidate, has died, a party official told the Reformer. Dennis Schuller, Legal Marijuana Now Party treasurer, confirmed Weeks’s death and said a statement from the family would be coming soon. He said Weeks was “passionate in his pursuit […]

Metro Transit workers authorize strike after rejecting “final offer” on one-year contract

BY: - September 24, 2020

Metro Transit bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics and cleaners voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on Wednesday after workers rejected the year-long contract proposed by the Metropolitan Council, which operates the transit service. The vote came after the Metropolitan Council presented workers with a “final offer” in August, forcing the Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]