Election 2022

Minnesota was part of quiet $32 million nationwide campaign to push back on election deniers

BY: - January 18, 2023

The right-wing Trumpists who said the 2020 election was rigged and sought to take control of election administration across the country — including here in Minnesota — received unending attention before the midterms.  They were shadowed, however, by a Democratic-affiliated opposition coalition — backed by secret donors — who were working quietly to counteract the election deniers. 

Minneapolis voting rights attorney lays out DFL plan for election reform

BY: - January 5, 2023

Rep. Emma Greenman says the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will try to pass legislation to strengthen voting rights, shine a light on dark money saturating elections and protect election workers who have been under increasing scrutiny amid often baseless election fraud suspicions.

Election deniers and skeptics are still skeptical, even after many worked the polls  

BY: - January 3, 2023

Minnesota Republicans recruited thousands of volunteers to work the polls during the November election, with the hope that having more eyes would help them win the prize. But many remain skeptical.

Norm Eisen: Trump ‘unbalanced’ by 2020 election, fell off tightrope

BY: - November 30, 2022

Norman Eisen, a longtime election lawyer who advised the Obama White House on election law and was 44’s ethics czar, talks about the midterm elections, the red wave that wasn’t, and former President Donald Trump’s legal exposure.

Gov. Tim Walz solicits six-figure donations for inauguration committee

BY: - November 30, 2022

As Democrats prepare to take control of the Legislature, DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s inauguration committee is soliciting donations as large as $100,000 for reelection celebrations in January. Perks for donors include advertising at the event, tickets to a “pre-inaugural reception,” and commemorative photos with the governor, according to a flier first reported by PR man […]

South Dakota’s new secretary of state has ties to vocal Minnesota election denier

BY: - November 29, 2022

Secretary of State-Elect Monae Johnson campaigned as the candidate who would secure South Dakota’s elections. That message helped her defeat Democratic challenger Tom Cool – who campaigned on concerns about Johnson being an “election denier” – with 65% of the vote. She’s one of very few election deniers to win statewide office during the mid-term […]

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

U.S. House GOP picks leadership team for next Congress: McCarthy, Scalise and Emmer

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans elected their slate of leaders for the 118th Congress on Tuesday, even though the party hadn’t yet secured the seats needed to take the majority come January.  The new leadership team emerged from several contested races decided during an hours-long secret ballot voting session, including a three-way campaign for whip […]

Why Minnesota Republicans can’t afford to write off the Twin Cities

BY: - November 15, 2022

The urban-rural divide in Minnesota and U.S. politics has only grown starker in recent years. In elections going back a decade or more, a favorite subject of political reporters and pundits has been Democrats’ supposed alienation of rural folk. Reporters have visited rural diners, they’ve visited other rural diners, and sometimes they even went to […]

Scott Jensen admits he misjudged Minnesotans’ priorities in run for governor

BY: - November 14, 2022

Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen lost to Gov. Tim Walz by nearly 200,000 votes on Election Day, and over the weekend he confessed he mistakenly downplayed the importance of abortion among Minnesotans. Jensen waffled on the issue during the campaign, initially saying in an interview that he wanted to ban abortion in Minnesota with […]

Data shows widening partisan divide between cities, greater Minnesota

BY: - November 14, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz handily beat Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Tuesday, with preliminary data showing Walz with nearly an 8-point margin.  While comfortable, that margin is somewhat diminished from Walz’s first campaign in 2018, when he defeated Jeff Johnson by more than 11% for the gubernatorial seat vacated by Mark Dayton.  Below the surface, however, […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

Young Black and Latino voters seen as key in turning back midterm ‘red wave’

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Young Black and Latino voters were critical in holding off the Republican “red wave” in several battleground states for U.S. Senate seats and in tight U.S. House races in the midterm elections, according to analyses by researchers and grassroot organizations.  Young, diverse voters between the ages of 18 and 29 had the second-highest […]