Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States engage in the great project of self-government. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of important questions about the future of our cities and counties, the state of Minnesota and the United States. It all begins with voting.
Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […]
Finstad appears to be the GOP nominee in 1st Congressional District, will face Ettinger
Brad Finstad, state director for USDA Rural Development under former President Donald Trump, appeared to eke out a win Tuesday in the special primary election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn in the 1st District. Minnesota Republicans breathed a sigh of relief, as Finstad beat more polarizing candidates state Rep. Jeremy Munson, who […]
Minnesota GOP endorses election denier to oversee elections
Voting rights advocates are alarmed by Minnesota Republicans’ endorsed candidate for secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett, who has called the 2020 election “rigged.” She played a video at the state Republican convention with the theme “Sending out an SOS” that portrayed the election system in crisis and controlled by a Jewish puppet master, George Soros, with the caption, “Let’s wreck elections forever and ever.”
State GOP apologizes for Soros video, defends Kim Crockett
The chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party has apologized for a campaign video shown at the recent state party convention that showed Jewish Holocaust survivor George Soros as a puppet master controlling Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, who is also Jewish. The puppet master motif, which was used in a campaign video for GOP-endorsed […]
Minnesota GOP secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett is getting famous — in Israel
Kim Crockett, who won her party’s endorsement Friday to become the Republican nominee for secretary of state, is being condemned for campaign imagery she used at the state GOP convention showing George Soros as a puppet master, an old antisemitic theme. The headline in the Jerusalem Post reads “GOP-backed Minnesota politician: Jewish incumbent is controlled […]
Chaska doctor, COVID-19 skeptic wins GOP endorsement in governor’s race
Chaska family doctor Scott Jensen, who rose to prominence by questioning the scientific community’s consensus about the danger of COVID-19 and the safety of vaccines, won the Republican Party endorsement for governor Saturday in Rochester.
After a slow start, Republicans begin making endorsements
After a shaky start — long lines that led to a delayed start followed by a battle over whether to use paper ballots rather than an electronic voting system — Minnesota Republicans got down to business Friday and began their state convention. Videos of riots and burning buildings in the Twin Cities, Democratic Rep. John […]
Leave your flamethrower at home if you’re heading to the state GOP convention
Minnesota Republicans may be confident going into the November election, but party officials are apparently expecting the worst at their state party convention this weekend in Rochester.
Rep. Betty McCollum, powerful in Washington, faces tough test at home
Rep. Betty McCollum has reached the height of Washington influence, wielding control over some $700 billion each year as the top lawmaker on the subcommittee that sets the budget for the entire U.S. military. Closer to home in the east metro, however, McCollum faces a fierce challenge from a young woman of color hoping to […]
Election officials make their voices heard as battleground states debate voting laws
When Georgia legislators pushed through a restrictive voting bill during the 2021 session, Bartow County election supervisor Joseph Kirk said he felt frustrated and sidelined. Lawmakers largely didn’t take election officials’ views into account, he said, and what resulted was a law that included a number of provisions that he said election officials believe are […]
Fateh volunteer convicted of lying to grand jury about his handling of absentee ballots
A campaign volunteer for state Sen. Omar Fateh of Minneapolis was convicted by a jury Tuesday of lying to a grand jury when he said he returned three absentee ballots for voters, upon their request, during the 2020 primary election. Muse Mohamud Mohamed, 30, was charged in connection with a wider federal investigation into misuse of the absentee ballot “agent delivery” process, which is when voters with health problems or disabilities can have someone deliver their ballot to an election office.
Man accused of lying to grand jury about absentee ballots was volunteer for Sen. Fateh
A trial began Monday in which federal prosecutors are seeking to show that a Minneapolis man named Muse Mohamud Mohamed lied to a grand jury about whether three voters asked him to return absentee ballots for them in the August 2020 primary election. Mohamed, 30, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal grand jury in October 2020 about how he handled absentee ballots during the 2020 primary.