Election 2020

U.S. Senate runoffs: Was Biden win a fluke or has Georgia flipped to blue?

BY: - November 27, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden flipped Georgia with a slim 13,000 vote lead, buoying the spirit of Democrats who have dubbed the state “Joe’gia” and angering President Donald Trump who continues to pursue legal challenges meant to overturn the results. But whether Biden’s win here represents anything more than a fluke fueled by Trump-weary voters is one […]

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said no. President Donald Trump listened.

BY: - November 25, 2020

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump bulldozed through state and local officials around the country who sought to limit the size of his rally crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In Bemidji, for instance, Trump drew a crowd of at least 4,000 people. In Duluth, he drew more than 2,500. Minnesota health officials […]

Emergence of ‘Mort’ draws scrutiny of race where pot candidate pulled votes

BY: - November 25, 2020

The sudden emergence of Rep.-elect Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee, this week when he invited the attorney general and governor to a pandemic-defying party has drawn new scrutiny of the suburban election he narrowly won over Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Brad Tabke. A potential spoiler in the race: Ryan Martin, a 23-year-old pot party candidate who garnered 1,706 votes, […]

Election officials, Republicans push back on MN GOP claim of ‘extreme abnormalities’ in election results

BY: and - November 20, 2020

Minnesota election officials and some Republicans are pushing back against unfounded claims of voting abnormalities made by Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan on Thursday night. In a statement, Carnahan alleged six counties — Anoka, Carver, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis and Wright —  show “extreme abnormalities and statistical variations from Minnesota’s historic voter trends.” Minnesota’s Secretary […]

Charter Commission recommends rejecting Minneapolis City Council police plan. What now?

BY: - November 12, 2020

While Minneapolis residents were turning out in droves and then riveted by election results last week, the city’s unelected Charter Commission voted 14-0 Wednesday to reject a City Council proposal to radically overhaul the Police Department and send the plan to voters for approval.  But that doesn’t mean the council’s idea is dead because the […]

Despite comfortable Biden victory, DFL failed to take the Legislature. Why?

BY: and - November 9, 2020

Election Day turned out to be a mixed bag for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. They stood up the western edge of the Democrats’ so-called Blue Wall, delivering a commanding victory to President-elect Joe Biden. Biden won the Twin Cities by massive margins. He won the 3rd Congressional District in the western suburbs by 19 points […]

News organizations project Joe Biden will be next president of the United States

BY: - November 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college. The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 […]

MNGOP Chair recruiting Minnesota Republicans to amplify Trump claims of ballot fraud

BY: - November 6, 2020

Minnesota GOP Chairperson Jennifer Carnahan told party activists on Thursday night that she would help amplify claims of ballot fraud made by President Donald Trump and national Republican leaders, even though they are baseless assertions disputed by election officials of both parties.  Carnahan said that earlier Thursday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel asked her […]

REPORT: Biden takes lead in Pa., in range of the presidency

BY: - November 6, 2020

(*This developing story will be updated) CNN Reports: CNN banner: “BIDEN TAKES LEAD IN PA, ON VERGE OF PRESIDENCY.” @JohnKingCNN: “Dramatic and potentially decisive” moment. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 6, 2020 Biden has a 5,587-vote edge in the Keystone State, based on the current numbers, according to a source at the Department of State. […]

Minnesota right reacts to Trump’s narrowing path: From wild conspiracy theories, to fear and sadness

BY: - November 6, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, votes were still being counted in half a dozen swing states, and the presidency was still up for grabs. As the path for a Trump victory grew narrower, the reaction on the left has been a mix of cautious optimism, disappointment that it’s not a landslide and anxiety over their own unlikely […]

DFL State. Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn to run against Majority Leader Winkler for leadership post

BY: - November 5, 2020

A leadership challenge is shaping up in the House DFL caucus, with third-term state Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn of Roseville confirmed a run against House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley for the post.  The challenge comes just days after the 2020 election saw members of the House Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus lose their races, narrowing their […]

DFL campaigns blunted by marijuana candidates, burning chance of legalization

BY: - November 5, 2020

Marijuana legalization candidates may have played a decisive role in key races in Minnesota, potentially propelling U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn to reelection and helping Republicans maintain control of the state Senate. Although the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party may end up eking out victories once more absentee ballots are counted, party officials insist the state’s two marijuana parties […]