Government & Politics

Walz blasts Senate GOP special session demand as he readies Guard to help with care shortages

BY: - October 15, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday readied the Minnesota National Guard to help with staff shortages in long-term care settings and to assist with COVID-19 testing sites.  Walz, the first-term DFL governor, toured the intensive care unit at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale before speaking to reporters about alleviating staff shortages caused by the ongoing pandemic.  […]

Brooklyn Center police chief says new citation policy is a ruse  

BY: - October 14, 2021

The interim Brooklyn Center police chief disparaged a recent announcement by the city’s mayor about changes to policing in the embattled suburban city.

Minneapolis mental health responder unit stalled by police inaction on background checks

BY: - October 13, 2021

The city of Minneapolis hoped to launch a new behavioral health response unit in August to send mental health professionals rather than police to non-violent emergencies across the city, around the clock. Last month, however, the head of the department in charge of getting the program off the ground learned the Minneapolis Police Department never […]

$10 million drought relief package for farmers taking shape but timing uncertain

BY: - October 12, 2021

Lawmakers on Tuesday heard details of Gov. Tim Walz’s $10 million drought-relief plan for farmers, readying a package to pass when the Legislature next meets. For much of summer, Minnesota experienced drought conditions. In mid-August, nearly 90% of Minnesota was under severe drought conditions. Northern Minnesota was most affected, said Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson.  Half […]

New research questions safety of restraining people face down 

BY: - October 12, 2021

The safety of restraining suspects by putting them in a prone position — as George Floyd was — with weight on their chest is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Minneapolis goes on installment plan to pay workers comp settlements

BY: - October 12, 2021

The city of Minneapolis has had so many workers’ compensation settlements with cops since last year that it has begun spreading out the payments over three or four years, instead of paying workers one lump sum.

Chief priority for new Senate DFL leader: Win back majority

BY: - October 11, 2021

State Sen. Melisa López Franzen has been updating her letterhead and campaign signs after reclaiming her López surname. Now her placards need another update: Senate minority leader. The Edina Democratic lawmaker took over the Senate DFL caucus after Sen. Susan Kent’s surprise announcement that she would step down as caucus leader and would also not […]

Former Minn. revenue commissioner Cynthia Bauerly named interim Senate DFL chief of staff

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Senate DFL on Friday announced a staff shakeup under new Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen of Edina.  According to an announcement sent to Senate DFL staff and senators, former Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly will serve as interim chief of staff, replacing John Pollard, who served his last day in the job last Friday.  Former […]

Minneapolis council member says he ‘got got’ at ‘defund police’ rally

BY: - October 8, 2021

Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham said during a recent candidate forum that he had no idea there was a big sign on the front of the stage that said “DEFUND POLICE” when he went onstage at a Powderhorn Park rally with eight of his council colleagues.

Misinformation abounds as U.S. House panel questions Arizona’s presidential election ‘audit’

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in Maricopa […]

Minneapolis Mayor: Video of police department’s response to unrest ‘galling’ 

BY: - October 8, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said it was “galling” to see recently released body camera video footage giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Minneapolis police officers behaved as they struggled to regain control of the city after five days of civil unrest sparked by George Floyd’s police killing.

Senate holds hearing on political candidate residency questions after Rep. John Thompson controversy

BY: - October 7, 2021

A Senate committee on Thursday heard testimony about how candidates and lawmakers verify their addresses when they file for office, exploring a new law to prevent lawmakers from living outside of districts they represent.  State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, convened a hearing to review current law and processes for candidates who file for office.  […]