Government & Politics

Colorado lawmaker issues apology after suicide-bomber reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar

BY: - November 27, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert issued an apology Friday after a video circulated showing her suggest that if Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were wearing a backpack then Boebert would suspect her of being a suicide bomber. Boebert, a Republican from Silt, made headlines recently for saying a Omar, who is Muslim, was part of […]

Ranked choice voting survived its biggest election season yet

BY: - November 26, 2021

Voters in a record number of cities cast their ballots this month by ranking a slate of candidates rather than choosing just one. Ranked choice voting, lauded by advocates for avoiding costly runoffs and ensuring that winners in crowded races earn majority support, is steadily gaining steam nationally. This year, 32 cities in seven states […]

Sen. Chamberlain ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘retweet if you’re pureblood’

BY: - November 24, 2021

The assistant majority leader for the Minnesota Senate Republicans, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, recently “liked” a tweet by a British right-wing radio host that said, “Retweet if you’re pureblood.”

Immigration protections in Biden’s social spending bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources. In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith says Build Back Better will pass by end of year

BY: - November 22, 2021

Sen. Tina Smith, the junior Democratic senator from Minnesota, was at the White House last Monday as President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law. Minnesota stands to gain more than $6 billion of that money. Smith spoke with the Reformer to give an update on where negotiations stand on the second […]

Rep. Veronica Escobar

Immigrants make last-ditch plea for deportation protections, work permits in Build Back Better

BY: - November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Undocumented workers and immigration advocates are pushing for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion social spending and climate package that the U.S. House is set to vote on as soon as Thursday night. Those immigration provisions face elimination when the bill moves […]

Walz touts generous assistance amid soaring energy prices

BY: - November 18, 2021

With Americans staring down soaring energy prices and a colder winter, Gov. Tim Walz and other Democratic governors are reminding people of the billions in additional funding available in energy assistance thanks to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March. “Without the American Rescue Plan, we would be in a crisis situation right […]

‘A matter of dignity’: Biden signs order addressing violence against Indigenous people

BY: - November 18, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday addressing violence against Indigenous communities. “These efforts are a matter of dignity,” Biden said during the opening ceremony for the White House Tribal Nations Summit. “That’s the foundation of our nation-to-nation partnership.” The executive order directs the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, and Health and […]

Lawmaker vows to close loophole allowing private GOP club for lobbyists

BY: - November 18, 2021

A state senator said she plans to introduce legislation banning a private members-only club for lawmakers and lobbyists.  The Reformer last week reported that the Senate Victory Fund, the Senate GOP campaign arm, earlier this year requested an advisory opinion on a proposal to lease and open a private meeting space for lawmakers and dues-paying […]

St. Paul rent control advocates push back on ‘disaster narratives’ as developers rethink projects

BY: - November 17, 2021

Leaders of the successful campaign for rent control in St. Paul say developers and landlords are creating “disaster narratives” around the new policy and that they will keep pressure on the city council to honor the will of the voters. “Scare tactics are their tactics,” said Tram Hoang, campaign manager for Keep St. Paul Home, […]