Government & Politics

Minnesota COVID-19 cases grow to 5 as state ramps up efforts to curb outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said they will begin moving toward “community mitigation” efforts following the confirmation of two additional COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to five confirmed cases.  Kris Ehresmann, director of the Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease division, said the state on Tuesday tested samples from 100 patients, including […]

GOP lawmaker: Expect limits on large public events like concerts, ballgames

BY: - March 11, 2020

A Republican lawmaker said Minnesotans should expect significant changes in their daily lives in the coming weeks and months due to the coming outbreak of novel coronavirus, including limits on large public events like games and concerts.  “When we reach that point — and we will reach that point — Minnesota will know it’s being […]

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis. The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

Walz signs $21 million coronavirus response bill; Minnesota confirms third case

BY: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed into law a bill authorizing the state to spend $21 million to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.  The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, sailed through the Legislature Monday, receiving unanimous approval by both the House and the Senate.  The additional funding now brings the state’s […]

Cargill spent $1.4M last year on lobbying in DC. Here’s where the money is going.

BY: - March 10, 2020

Editors note: This story is the first in an occasional series looking at Minnesota companies’ lobbying presence in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Minneapolis-based agriculture behemoth Cargill ranked as the largest private company in the United States for the 12th straight year in 2019, Forbes reported. It also beefed up its lobbying spending in Washington. The […]

Lawmakers approve $21 million for coronavirus response

BY: - March 9, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature on Monday unanimously approved $21 million in funding for the state’s coronavirus preparedness.  Republican and DFL legislative leaders raced to get the bill to DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. The governor is expected to sign the legislation into law Tuesday. The Senate bill by Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, had […]

Real ID legislation would expand documents for residency verification ahead of Oct. 1 deadline

BY: - March 5, 2020

House lawmakers are moving Thursday to quickly expand the types of documents Minnesotans can present to obtain a Real ID.  Time is running out for a large majority of Minnesotans to obtain a REAL ID ahead of an Oct. 1 enforcement deadline.  Fewer than 14% of Minnesotans with drivers licenses or identification cards are currently […]

Klobuchar emerges from Minnesota primary with scars but victorious in push to quell Sanders’ progressive rise

BY: - March 4, 2020

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s yearlong quest to become her party’s candidate for president may have ended abruptly Monday, but she has now emerged as a serious contender for vice presidential nominee after her full-throated endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have clinched her home state for him. “We won Minnesota because of Amy […]

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Biden wins half of Minnesota’s delegates after strong finish in the state

BY: - March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden amassed 38 of Minnesota’s 75 delegates that were up for grabs Tuesday, after his victory in the state’s primary.  The Minnesota DFL on Tuesday announced Biden’s delegate haul. Sen. Bernie Sanders earned 27 delegates, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren earned 10 delegates.  With 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivers remarks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Sept. 28, 2018.

Klobuchar suspends presidential campaign; endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden

BY: - March 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is suspending her presidential campaign and preparing to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dallas, a campaign aide confirmed on Monday. Klobuchar, the senior senator from Minnesota, outlasted a number of other Democratic hopefuls, including former South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, who dropped out of the […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

BY: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]

Early voting in Minnesota spiked before Super Tuesday

BY: - March 2, 2020

Early voting in Minnesota spiked in the week before the 2020 presidential primary, with nearly 30,000 voters casting ballots between Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Almost as many ballots were cast that week as in the previous five weeks since Jan. 17, when absentee voting began in Minnesota. […]