Briefs

Parks commissioner: There needs to be a plan before displacing homeless at Powderhorn

BY: - July 1, 2020

A Minneapolis park board commissioner said today he’ll vote against a measure that would evict most of the estimated 600 people living in tents at Powderhorn Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will consider eliminating all but 10 tents per city park, so most of the estimated 400 tents pitched in two separate Powderhorn […]

Senate committee to consider hiring legal counsel in lawsuit targeting ‘outdated’ abortion laws

BY: - July 1, 2020

The Senate Rules Committee will convene Thursday to retain legal counsel to participate in a lawsuit in which the state is being sued by reproductive health care advocates challenging several Minnesota abortion laws. The Committee on Rules and Administration will meet remotely at 7 p.m. Thursday to consider hiring the law firm of Saul Ewing […]

Drugmakers sue Minnesota to permanently block insulin-affordability law

BY: - July 1, 2020

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the trade group representing insulin makers, is suing the state of Minnesota over a law set to take effect Wednesday that aims to provide affordable insulin to those who need it.  The lawsuit is asking for a permanent injunction. Minnesota elected officials reacted scornfully. State Rep. Mike Howard, DFL-Richfield, […]

Minnesota reports 444 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - June 30, 2020

More than 36,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,441 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 444 new cases and 6 deaths. Approximately 605,316 tests have been completed, an increase of 12,361 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 270 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Walz considering calling lawmakers back to consider police reforms

BY: - June 30, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz is considering calling another special legislative session on July 10. Walz said he has been talking with lawmakers about a potential special session to focus on potential police reforms and other unfinished work. “All of us understand Minnesota is still the focal point of the need to have trust in our police […]

Goldman Sachs says national face mask mandate could keep economy open, cut infection rates

BY: - June 30, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said he is considering a statewide mask mandate, and global investment firm Goldman Sachs just gave him a good reason to.  Goldman’s chief economist, Jan Hatzius, issued a note to clients examining the impacts of masks on the economy and infection rates, according to reports. “We find that face masks are associated […]

Walz considering a statewide mask mandate

BY: - June 29, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said today he’s considering a statewide mandate that people wear masks in public to combat COVID-19.  He said Republican governors are also exploring the idea. “All these things are difficult decisions to make,” he said. “The best thing we can do is keep social distance, wear the mask, and if you’re sick, […]

Minnesota reports 315 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths

BY: - June 29, 2020

More than 35,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,435 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 315 new cases and 10 deaths. Approximately 592,955 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,522 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 278 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Roberts sided with liberal justices, overturning Louisiana abortion law

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country. Enacted in 2014 by the Louisiana state Legislature, the law would have required physicians […]

Minnesota reports 498 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

BY: - June 26, 2020

More than 34,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,411 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 498 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 557,278 tests have been completed, an increase of 14,560 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 335 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Walz administration to distribute $853 million in COVID aid to counties, cities, townships, food shelves

BY: - June 25, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced a plan Thursday to dole out $853 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to communities after the money was held up for weeks in stalled negotiations with the Legislature.  The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES, funding became a political football during the regular session as lawmakers […]

Senate Republicans tangle with People of Color Indigenous Caucus over crime, police reform

BY: - June 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka called for hearings on the riots, looting and arsons that broke out after the police killing of George Floyd, but not the killing itself. He drew criticism from the Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous Caucus — known as POCI — whose members said his priorities are off. Gazelka questioned […]