COVID-19

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis. The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

Walz signs $21 million coronavirus response bill; Minnesota confirms third case

BY: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed into law a bill authorizing the state to spend $21 million to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.  The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, sailed through the Legislature Monday, receiving unanimous approval by both the House and the Senate.  The additional funding now brings the state’s […]

Lawmakers approve $21 million for coronavirus response

BY: - March 9, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature on Monday unanimously approved $21 million in funding for the state’s coronavirus preparedness.  Republican and DFL legislative leaders raced to get the bill to DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. The governor is expected to sign the legislation into law Tuesday. The Senate bill by Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, had […]

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Twin Cities janitors call off strike after reaching tentative agreement

BY: - March 7, 2020

The union representing 4,000 Twin Cities janitors reached a tentative contract agreement early Saturday morning, avoiding an open-ended strike that would have affected businesses across the metro as Minnesota confronts the arrival of COVID-19. The tentative agreement includes the highest pay increases ever for commercial janitors with the Service Employees International Union Local 26, raising […]

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Daily Reformer: Coronavirus is coming

BY: - March 6, 2020

With Super Tuesday over we turn our attention to the most important event happening in American politics: COVID-19. The reason I say that is because of its economic effects, which are already massive, and we haven’t even felt the brunt of it yet.  The Wall Street Journal details how “the carefully calibrated logistics of global […]

First coronavirus case confirmed in Minnesota from person who traveled on cruise with COVID-19

BY: - March 6, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Friday announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.  The patient is an older adult resident of Ramsey County who recently traveled on a cruise ship with a known case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The individual began experiencing symptoms on Feb. 25 and sought medical […]

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Daily Reformer: The economic and political effects of coronavirus are coming

BY: - March 5, 2020

With Super Tuesday over we turn our attention to the most important event happening in American politics: COVID-19. The reason I say that is because of its economic effects, which are already massive, and we haven’t even felt the brunt of it yet.  The Wall Street Journal details how “the carefully calibrated logistics of global […]

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Daily Reformer: Super Tuesday analysis

BY: - March 5, 2020

Hello there. Sign up to get Daily Reformer in your inbox. DFL operative, park board lawyer and all around Capitol and City Hall fixer Brian Rice has thoughts:  The Sanders campaign wants to create an old/new, establishment/revolution, progressive/moderate dichotomy in the electorate. This is in fact an old and simplistic narrative that can be traced […]

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Janitors threaten open-ended strike as Minnesota prepares for coronavirus outbreak

BY: - March 5, 2020

Minneapolis city leaders are calling for a deal to be reach with 4,000 commercial janitors who clean buildings across the 7-county metro area, including the airport and most buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The commercial janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26, say they will go on an open-ended strike beginning […]

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Daily Reformer: Time to rewatch “Veep”

BY: - March 4, 2020

Good morning.  And….another remarkable day in both Minnesota and national politics, with Joe Biden shocking much of the political world by winning a plurality of Super Tuesday delegates and votes after racking up huge victories in delegate-rich states like North Carolina and Virginia.  And winning something of a shocker in Minnesota, whose voters proved anxious […]

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Daily Reformer: Klobuchar out

BY: - March 4, 2020

The Establishment Strikes Back  Good morning.  Another wild day in both Minnesota and national politics, as former Vice President Joe Biden seemed to consolidate much of the non-Bernie wing of the party. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was forced to cancel a Sunday night rally here, abruptly dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden. (Ricardo […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

BY: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]