Government & Politics

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

County attorney’s office now says it doesn’t object to bodycam release

BY: - September 16, 2021

Emails show that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office objected to the release of  police body-worn camera footage shown at the July trial of a St. Paul man who was acquitted of eight charges after he shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team after they struck him in the chest with a rubber bullet.

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 16, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee last week approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures.  The […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping social spending bill

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee has finished legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote last week, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant $3.5 […]

Minneapolis school goes remote over encampment concerns

BY: - September 15, 2021

A Minneapolis high school has switched to virtual learning and moved some classes off-site because of safety concerns after an encampment sprung up on school property this summer. Volunteers of America High School, an alternative school of about 85 students near the intersection of East Franklin Avenue and Cedar Avenue, will continue holding virtual and […]

U.S. House Democrats add more mass transit, high-speed rail in second shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chair Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan […]

Petition drive organizers vow to fight on after judge throws out ballot

BY: - September 15, 2021

Supporters of a Minneapolis charter amendment that they say would transform public safety say they will take their fight to the Minnesota Supreme Court to make sure voters can decide the issue this year.

St. Paul mayor resists taking a position on rent control ballot question

BY: - September 15, 2021

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is declining to say where he stands on a citizen-led rent control proposal, which if passed, would be one of the most stringent rent control regulations in the country, limiting increases to 3% per year across all properties in the city. Asked for an interview on the proposal and how […]

Rep. John Thompson expelled from House DFL caucus

BY: - September 14, 2021

Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, whose public controversies have created a series of political headaches for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, was expelled from the House DFL caucus Tuesday, according to a statement from House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler. “Rep. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and his failure to take […]

Walz appoints 15-person economic expansion council

BY: - September 14, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz appointed a 15-person council to develop economic policy proposals and recommendations for spending the state’s remaining COVID-19 relief aid, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. The Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion includes business, labor and nonprofit leaders who will work with local governments, nonprofits, colleges and universities, according to a news release. They’ll […]

POCI caucus expands power with election of López Franzen as Senate DFL leader

BY: - September 14, 2021

Newly elected Senate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen, DFL-Edina, became the first member of the People of Color and Indigenous caucus to lead a legislative caucus, further expanding the power of a group of lawmakers formed just four years ago.  “It’s about time,” López Franzen, 41, said in her first press conference as leader of […]

Judge orders pause on new use-of-force law for Minnesota police officers

BY: - September 14, 2021

A new Minnesota law creating stricter standards for police use of force has been put on hold until a lawsuit challenging it is resolved.