Government & Politics

Brooklyn Center mayor unveils new citation policy

BY: - September 28, 2021

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a long-delayed new citation and summons policy on Tuesday.

No deal in sight on essential worker bonus pay

BY: - September 27, 2021

Lawmakers remain sharply divided over how to divvy up $250 million the Legislature set aside for bonus pay for essential workers, with the debate largely unchanged after weeks of public hearings and private discussions.  Democrats want to include a larger pool of workers and increase the total pie; Republicans want to keep the total the […]

Wave of workers’ comp claims, settlements worsen Minneapolis budget outlook

BY: - September 24, 2021

The wave of Minneapolis cops filing workers’ compensation claims and police brutality lawsuits are contributing to the city’s grim 2022 budget outlook, prompting the mayor to shift millions of dollars to shore up the city’s self-insurance fund.

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 24, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

DFL Rep. Ami Wazlawik won’t seek reelection in 2022

BY: - September 22, 2021

State Rep. Ami Wazlawik, DFL-White Bear, will not seek reelection in 2022, she announced Wednesday. Wazlawik, a child care professional, was first elected in 2018.  With the seat open, flipping district 38B will likely be a top priority for Republicans seeking to regain a majority in the state House next year. Wazlawik beat out Republican […]

6 years after proposal, Minneapolis disposable bag fee to take effect Oct. 1

BY: - September 22, 2021

Stores in Minneapolis will be required to charge customers 5 cents for each disposable bag they use beginning next month — nearly six years after first being proposed by the City Council. The ordinance aims to nudge customers to bring their own reusable bags, reducing the prevalence of plastic bags that require petroleum to produce […]

Brooklyn Center reforms stall amid budget concerns

BY: - September 22, 2021

Brooklyn Center hasn't made much headway in police reform since the mayor unveiled an ambitious plan in May.

State Rep. Cedrick Frazier won’t run for Hennepin county attorney

BY: - September 21, 2021

New Hope Rep. Cedrick Frazier has decided not to run for Hennepin County attorney.

He refused the shot, and COVID-19 nearly killed him. Local GOP party chair now urges vaccine

BY: - September 21, 2021

By the time Mark Korin leaves the hospital, he will have lost 40 pounds and spent nearly two months battling COVID-19. And he still has a long recovery ahead.  The former Oak Grove mayor, chair of the Senate District 31 Republican Party and Trump supporter had refused the COVID-19 vaccine, believing he did not need […]

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Dairy farmer: Fix ‘broken’ milk pricing system

BY: - September 20, 2021

A Granville, Iowa, dairy farmer appealed to a Senate subcommittee recently to help fix a “broken” milk-pricing system she said has worsened conditions in an era of financial uncertainty. Christina Zuiderveen, managing partner of Black Soil Dairy LLC and an industry leader, said the federal milk marketing orders system “promised dairy producers that if their […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]