Government & Politics

Minn. physicians criticize Scott Jensen for COVID-19, abortion views

BY: - September 16, 2022

A band of Minnesota physicians on Friday criticized Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen, condemning a fellow doctor for his advocacy of unscientific COVID-19 treatments and for expressing desire to ban abortion in the state. At a press conference in the State Capitol, doctors from multiple specialties, such as infectious disease and obstetrics, deplored Jensen […]

Q&A with Republican operative turned never-Trumper Tim Miller

BY: - September 16, 2022

Tim Miller was a top aide to Jeb Bush during the former Florida governor’s 2016 presidential campaign. A Republican insider in the heart of the D.C. political sphere, Miller spent countless hours doing opposition research to smear Democrats. Miller also worked for Sen. John McCain and was a spokesperson for the National Republican Party. After […]

U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections, bipartisan negotiators announced Thursday. The move follows weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions among five U.S. senators from both political parties who have been drafting an amendment to the House-passed legislation that they hoped would […]

On Democracy Day, newsrooms draw attention to a crisis in the U.S. system of government

BY: - September 15, 2022

A recent poll found that 69% of both Democrats and Republicans think democracy in the United States is in danger of collapse. Almost two years after Donald Trump falsely claimed that voter fraud cost him the election and inspired a web of supporters and “big lie” candidates to also believe the election was rigged, a […]

Dems allege Minnesota Senate harassment policy could deter victims from reporting

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Minnesota Senate passed changes to its harassment and discrimination policy Tuesday, dismissing a DFL attempt to prevent victims from having to attend a hearing with the accused.  The Senate Rules and Administration Committee throughout the summer passed changes to its harassment policy after a Senate staffer told the Reformer in 2021 that she was […]

A timeline of Scott Jensen’s shifting abortion stance

BY: - September 12, 2022

Republican candidate for governor Scott Jensen’s first TV ad shows him in a cozy living room, with a towel for spit-up draped over his left shoulder and a newborn baby in his hands, all the while talking about Minnesota abortion politics. Jensen criticizes DFL Gov. Tim Walz in the ad for “weaponizing” abortion. He says […]

Biden slams ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ as Democrats launch drive to midterm election

BY: - September 9, 2022

President Joe Biden in a Thursday night speech to a crowd of party faithful promoted legislation passed by the Democratic Congress and attacked supporters of former President Donald Trump for defending rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “Extreme MAGA Republicans just don’t threaten our personal, economic rights. They embrace political violence,” […]

Pot party candidate for U.S. House has GOP ties; Dems allege she’s a spoiler

BY: - September 9, 2022

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig lost her first race for Congress in 2016 to Jason Lewis by just 6,655 votes. She was hindered, Democrats say, by the strong showing of Independence Party candidate Paula Overby, who won nearly 29,000 votes in the 2nd District.   Democrats fear a repeat this year — and point to close ties […]

Minnesota House Republican’s name appears on Oath Keepers membership roster

BY: - September 8, 2022

The names of 514 Minnesotans appear in a leaked membership roster of the Oath Keepers, a violent extremist group thought to play a key role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new report released by the Anti-Defamation League. Among those names: Six law enforcement officers, three members of the […]

Minnesota election administration explained: Recounts and election contests

BY: - September 8, 2022

This is part of an occasional series on election administration. Read part 1, “Who does what?” Part 2, “Who can vote in Minnesota?” Part 3: “How and why polling places are computerized.” Part 4: “How absentee voting works.”  Part 5: “Reconciliation.” Part 6: “Post-election checks.”  Elections don’t just identify winners. They also persuade losers that they have lost. A recent high-profile loser […]

Star Tribune sues Department of Defense for records

BY: - September 7, 2022

The Star Tribune filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense earlier this month for failing to provide records and communications between Gov. Tim Walz and high-ranking DOD officials from the period just after the police murder of George Floyd.  In the days following Floyd’s death, Walz took command of a situation that was […]

Minnesota state representative to become CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States

BY: - September 7, 2022

Minnesota Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, will be the next CEO of Minnesota’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, the organization announced Wednesday. Planned Parenthood North Central States oversees centers in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The two-term legislator is also running for reelection this November.  Planned Parenthood said in a release that Richardson will oversee health […]