Briefs

Federal unemployment aid didn’t stop people from seeking work, study says

BY: - July 29, 2020

As congressional leaders clash over extending federal unemployment benefits, a new analysis concludes that the extra $600 per week in federal money since March hasn’t prevented unemployed people from returning to work. The results of the study from Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy contradict recent Republican claims that continuing the enhanced $600 unemployment payments […]

Minnesota reports 650 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths

BY: - July 27, 2020

More than 51,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,576 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 650 new cases and two deaths. Approximately 970,726 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 257 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 126 of them in intensive care units. […]

Audit: Commission gave Enbridge too much influence at early meetings

BY: - July 27, 2020

The Legislative Auditor released a report Monday critical of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, citing a poor track record of engaging the public in its work regulating power plants, pipelines, and other utilities. Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 and other controversial projects seized on the findings, calling it vindication after years of criticizing the […]

Charges say Chauvin pretended to live in Florida. How common is that?

BY: - July 27, 2020

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer accused of second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd, now faces different allegations in Washington County: He and wife Kellie Chauvin didn’t file their taxes, thereby underreporting more than $460,000 of income, according to the charges. Authorities allege the hustle was the type that may be familiar […]

Couple wears Nazi flags inside Walmart to protest face mask mandate

BY: - July 25, 2020

A couple wore Nazi flags wrapped around their faces into the Walmart in Marshall on Saturday in protest of the state’s mask mandate aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Raphaela Mueller, a German descendant of a Nazi resister, saw the couple in the store and immediately felt nauseated, she told the Reformer. She approached […]

COMMENTARY

Daily Reformer: HageHan — the first couple of Minnesota politics

BY: - July 24, 2020

Good afternoon. You can sign up to receive Daily Reformer in your inbox here.   No surprise: With the virus surging in key states like Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona and southern California, data show the recovery is stalling out. Ricardo Lopez on how police reform was a major achievement for the People of Color Indigenous Caucus, […]

Minnesota reports 773 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

BY: - July 24, 2020

More than 49,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,566 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 773 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 922,876 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 278 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 108 of them in intensive care units. […]

U.S. Rep. Hagedorn votes against removing confederate statues from U.S. Capitol

BY: - July 23, 2020

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, the GOP member from southern Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, was the lone no vote from the delegation on a measure calling for the removal of confederate statues around the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber — Republicans from Minnesota’s 6th and 8th congressional districts — joined DFL Reps. […]

Minnesota reports 763 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

BY: - July 23, 2020

More than 48,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,561 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 763 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 905,315 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 282 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 107 of them in intensive care units. […]

COMMENTARY

With police reform done for now, who deserves credit?

BY: - July 23, 2020

I’ve been pretty hard on Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, these past months but a GOP source says he deserves credit for helping shepherd through the police reform measures passed early Tuesday and signed Thursday by Gov. Tim Walz.   There was no political advantage for him to do this…. He did […]

5 things you need to know about Minnesota’s mask mandate

BY: - July 22, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday issued an executive order mandating Minnesotans wear face coverings indoors in public places and certain outdoor venues. Here’s what you need to know about Walz’s latest move to help stem the spread of COVID-19.  When does it go into effect?  Saturday Where do I have to wear a mask?  An […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

BY: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]