Government & Politics

Walz signs bill funneling $300 million from settlement into state opiate response fund

BY: - May 12, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday signed a bill funneling $300 million from a multi-state settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors into the state’s opioid response fund.  Through the fund, the settlement money will be used for opioid addiction and overdose education, prevention, treatment and recovery efforts across the state. The news comes as the federal […]

Biden pledges more support for farmers, ‘the backbone of freedom’

BY: - May 11, 2022

At an Illinois farm on Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced federal assistance to alleviate costs for farmers and consumers and ensure there is enough food to meet world demand as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Biden said he will double the recently announced federal funding to boost domestic fertilizer production. He also pledged to extend […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) questions witnesses during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 16, 2019

U.S. House panel weighs labor law amendment to protect workers from wage theft

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers questioned several labor experts Wednesday before a House Education and Labor panel about how a new bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would protect workers from wage theft. House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill, H.R. 3712, known as the “Wage Theft Prevention and Wage […]

Minn. House Speaker ‘feeling fine’ after learning of COVID-19 infection, will negotiate remotely

BY: - May 11, 2022

End-of-session legislative negotiations are being upended as House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, announced Wednesday she has COVID-19. “My allergies seemed a little bit worse this morning than a normal spring day so I thought it would be prudent to check,” Hortman tweeted, adding she was “feeling fine” and is fully vaccinated and had received […]

Biden tangles with Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott: ‘I think the man has a problem’

BY: - May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday to make a fight against inflation his top domestic priority while rebuking Republican economic proposals he said miss the mark — zeroing in on Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott. The president’s remarks at the White House came after Scott earlier in the day called on Biden to resign […]

Fateh volunteer convicted of lying to grand jury about his handling of absentee ballots

BY: - May 10, 2022

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. 

Senate GOP moves forward with tax credit, insurance product family leave proposals

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Minnesota Senate passed on Tuesday a bill that the GOP majority describes as a “free-market solution” to ensuring more Minnesotans have access to paid family leave. The bill, introduced by Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Waconia, would allow insurance companies to offer paid family leave benefits product in Minnesota, which state law currently prohibits. The Senate […]

Man accused of lying to grand jury about absentee ballots was volunteer for Sen. Fateh

BY: - May 9, 2022

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.

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

Walz, legislative leaders are meeting regularly as committees debate budget bills

BY: - May 9, 2022

Around the Capitol, no news tends to be good news when it comes to legislative negotiations, as tight-lipped lawmakers usually means progress behind closed doors.  Two weeks remain until the Legislature adjourns, with a long to-do list and busy schedule of committee meetings that aim to settle the vast differences between the GOP-led Senate and […]

MN GOP will use electronic voting system at state convention despite candidate concerns

BY: - May 9, 2022

The chairman of the state Republican Party says despite “concerns and  suggestions,” the party will use an electronic voting system rather than paper ballots at its state convention. More than 2,220 delegates will gather this weekend in Rochester to endorse candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. Some candidates and activists […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 6, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday. The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]