Government & Politics

Uh-oh, is your ballot spoiled? Simon says: No problem.

BY: - September 17, 2020

Milk’s not the only thing that can spoil — ballots can, too. At least that’s what it’s called when a ballot is incorrectly filled out and not included in election counts.  In an election year in which voters may choose en masse to vote-by-mail for fear of the spread of COVID-19, we talked to Secretary […]

‘We can’t take it anymore’: Minneapolis principal says city feels out of control after student’s death

BY: - September 16, 2020

North High School Principal Mauri Melander Friestleben stood on the corner of N. Dowling and N. Fremont avenues Tuesday, a day after a 17-year-old Minneapolis Public Schools student was shot and killed there, and said she was “100% over it.“ “We literally are in a city right now that is completely and entirely out of […]

Pelowski busted paying rent, utilities with campaign money

BY: - September 16, 2020

DFL Rep. Gene Pelowski got dinged by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Brain Bakst reported on Twitter:  Pelowski ordered to reimburse his campaign nearly $4,000 for apartment rental, furniture, utilities drawn from his campaign account. A $1,000 civil penalty assessed to campaign. Pelowski’s attorney says payments were “made in error.”   This reminded me […]

Exclusive: Minneapolis lawyer files first known ethics complaint against Hagedorn

BY: - September 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — A Minneapolis lawyer filed the first known ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn on Tuesday, all but assuring Congressional investigators will take a look at questionable spending by his office over the past year, if they aren’t already doing so. Sybil Dunlop, a business attorney at the Twin Cities-based law firm Greene […]

City Council to Police Chief Arradondo: Do something about the gun violence

BY: - September 15, 2020

Minneapolis City Council members pressed the police chief Tuesday about what the department is doing about rising gunfire, homicides and even downtown drag racing. As the city approaches 400 people wounded by gunfire and 60 homicides this year, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo tried to mollify the council during a “study session” Tuesday. In June, […]

Animosity between Walz and Senate GOP leader grows after second commissioner ousted

BY: - September 14, 2020

The state Senate’s ouster of a member of Gov. Tim Walz’s cabinet for the second time in a month has dealt a severe blow to the relationship between the first term Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake. Gazelka, who opposes Walz’s policies to stem the COVID-19 pandemic like mandatory masks […]

Senate GOP ousts second Walz commissioner in 4th special session

BY: - September 11, 2020

Senate Republicans on Friday ousted a second member of Gov. Tim Walz’s cabinet, voting 31-33 to reject the confirmation of Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley. The rare action ratchets up the tension between the Democratic-Farmer-Labor first-term governor and GOP Majority Leader Paul Gazelka of East Gull Lake. Last month, Senate Republicans abruptly ousted Nancy Leppink, then-commissioner […]

Judge removes county prosecutors in George Floyd case

BY: - September 11, 2020

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and members of his staff were disqualified from working on the criminal case against the four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd for what a judge called “sloppy” work, according to WCCO. During a pre-trial hearing on Friday, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled […]

Minnesota GOP lawmaker: ‘COVID issues are not our winning message’

BY: - September 11, 2020

State Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, meant to send a “friendly” reminder to his Republican colleagues ahead of Friday’s special session to focus on public safety and steer clear of COVID-19.   But when Koznick, who also serves in House GOP leadership, hit “send,” he didn’t realize that the message actually went to his House DFL colleagues.  […]

Minnesota lawmakers meet in 4th special session after Walz extends emergency

BY: - September 11, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers returned Friday for their fourth special session, called back to St. Paul to meet by Gov. Tim Walz, who extended his peacetime emergency declaration for another 30 days.   The Republican-led Senate is expected to vote to end Walz’s continued use of executive powers, which have frustrated GOP lawmakers. But the DFL-controlled House is […]

Walz pleads with Congress for more help, while Emmer says Dems are using governors as “pawns”

BY: - September 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors including Tim Walz on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing — including Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer — […]

City in negotiations to pay local constable force to provide security at George Floyd Square

BY: - September 10, 2020

The city of Minneapolis is in negotiations to pay the volunteer security guards who have been patrolling the area now known as George Floyd Square at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street. The area has been blocked off with barricades and become a makeshift memorial to George Floyd after he died on the street at the […]