Government & Politics

‘We’re here to ask for help’: Tribal leaders urge Walz to block Line 3

BY: - July 15, 2021

White Earth Nation leadership traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday, calling on Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and President Joe Biden to meet with them, government to government, about Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. The Capitol rotunda was draped with signs reading “honor the treaties” and echoed with chants of “stop Line 3” from […]

Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal […]

Walz names three agency heads to working group on frontline worker pay; one spot left

BY: - July 14, 2021

Long-term caregivers and other essential workers who kept Minnesota running through the pandemic are set to receive $250 million in back pay for the risks they took over the past year.  This week, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced eight people of a nine-person working group that will determine how much money long-term care […]

Minneapolis mayor did not have city interns work on campaign

BY: - July 13, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey did not have city interns work on his reelection campaign, a potential campaign finance violation, his campaign manager said on Tuesday following accusations that Frey was misusing city resources.  The allegations surfaced on Twitter on Friday after some Minneapolis DFL caucus attendees received text messages from people identifying themselves as interns […]

St. Paul police release body cam of Rep. John Thompson’s traffic stop

BY: - July 13, 2021

The St. Paul Police Department released the body camera footage of Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, during an early morning traffic stop on July Fourth, which shows him accusing the police officer of racially profiling him and informing the officer that he’s a state lawmaker. During the stop, Thompson presented a Wisconsin driver’s license, first […]

Teens in foster care will go to college for free, under new state program

BY: - July 13, 2021

Antania Goff remembers thinking, “This is my first step to changing my life,” when she opened her acceptance letter from St. Cloud State University. Goff knew exactly what she wanted to do with her degree: Open a transitional home for teens in the foster care system. She dreamed of providing young people with the support […]

Protesters to rally in St. Paul against Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program

BY: - July 12, 2021

People opposed to Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program plan to rally in St. Paul Sunday to demand lawmakers phase out the program. Clients of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and their relatives are calling for “an end to an indefinite detention program they believe is an unconstitutional death sentence” at facilities in Moose Lake and […]

St. Paul lawmaker faces potential ethics violation over remark during debate, residency questions abound

BY: - July 12, 2021

State Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, is facing questions about his residency after a July Fourth traffic stop that revealed he holds a Wisconsin drivers license. Now, he faces a potential ethics violation in the House. State Rep. Eric Lucero, R-Dayton, filed an ethics complaint against the embattled first-term lawmaker alleging Thompson violated House rules, […]

St. Paul police chief says lawmaker owes his officer an apology for alleging racial profiling

BY: - July 9, 2021

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell in a social media post on Friday said he is “dismayed and disappointed” by a state lawmaker’s response to being pulled over by an officer on Sunday, saying the traffic stop was justified and not racial profiling. Axtell said his sergeant had every right to pull over state Rep. […]

VP Harris says DNC will pour $25M into voting rights protection

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will spend $25 million to protect voting rights, in response to a wave of laws pushed by Republican lawmakers in state legislatures that would restrict voting access. The move comes after Democrats have been stymied in their attempts to enact a national […]

Minnesota joins lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Minnesota is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the Midwest, Iowa, Missouri and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store […]

Minnesota to receive $50 million in Purdue Pharma settlement

BY: - July 8, 2021

Minnesota will receive more than $50 million from a 15-state settlement agreement from Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin, which contributed to an opioid death crisis that has killed more than 500,000 Americans.  If approved, the settlement would total $4.5 billion and require Purdue to release millions of pages of documents that stretch back decades, […]