Government & Politics

Klobuchar Shares Anecdote of Her Fourth-Grade Spanish Name: ‘Me llamo Elena’

BY: - February 19, 2020

Seeing Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s clumsy introduction to the Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union in Nevada Tuesday night didn’t sit so well with my parents — both former members of the union that represented my mom (previously a housekeeper) and my dad (a casino restaurant cook). In a video clip circulating on Twitter, Klobuchar greets culinary […]

Belying moderate image, Klobuchar bills make her one of the Senate’s most liberal

BY: - February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate, Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar is regarded as a sensible centrist from the heartland who can appeal to moderate Republicans.  But as a U.S. senator, she’s one of her party’s most liberal members — to the left of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a national icon of progressive politics. That’s according […]

St. Paul needs more police officers, report says. Here’s how the numbers break down.

BY: - February 17, 2020

The St. Paul Police Department needs more than 100 additional officers and staff, a study by the department says — a recommendation at odds with the city’s 2020 budget, which reduced the total number of employees in the police force. Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Todd Axtell disagreed on how to approach the city’s recent […]

Mixed in with the fades, the barber shop is fertile ground for political organizing

BY: - February 17, 2020

Brian Fullman walks into The Chiseler Barber Shop in Brooklyn Park and within a few minutes he’s suddenly refereeing a debate about — who else? — President Donald Trump.  “A black man would never get away with it!” one barber shouts to another about Trump’s various misdeeds.  Fullman, an organizer with the progressive religious nonprofit […]

Senate DFLers aim to win back a key suburban district previously represented by a Democrat after GOP retirement

BY: - February 14, 2020

Minnesota DFLers on Friday immediately seized on the retirement announced by one-term state Senator Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth. In their effort to win back the majority in the Senate, state Democrats are targeting a number of key Senate races, including Anderson’s.  The Senate district, which encompasses the cities Plymouth, Minnetonka and Woodland, had been previously represented […]

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Rep. Tom Emmer on the rise in Washington and winning friends on Wall Street

BY: - February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer peered over the shoulders of his fellow GOP lawmakers to get a glimpse of President Donald Trump.  It was May 2018, and the president was signing legislation that scaled back some of the banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. Emmer and other lawmakers who helped push the […]

Local governments’ finances ‘steady…for now,’ report says

BY: - February 12, 2020

Local governments in Minnesota have kept revenues and spending even over the past two decades despite threats to their financial stability. But government leaders should be conscious of impending challenges, according to a report published today by the Office of the State Auditor. The report, titled “The State of Main Street: Holding Steady…For Now,” relied […]

First day of session starts with motion to adjourn for year by Drazkowski

BY: - February 12, 2020

Expectations are quite tempered around the Capitol for what might be accomplished during this short legislative session in an off-budget, election year.  But state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, seems to think that’s reason enough to just call it a day on the Legislature’s work this year. On Tuesday, he trolled his fellow members by making […]

Refugees from 32 countries resettled in Minnesota in 2018. Where do they live?

BY: - February 12, 2020

More than 800 refugees settled across 20 Minnesota counties in 2019 — continuing a sharply downward trend since the election of President Donald Trump, according to the most recent available data from Minnesota Department of Human Services. Beltrami County made national headlines in January when it became the first county in the state to vote […]

Anti-vaccine movement finding allies among Minnesota GOP lawmakers

BY: - February 9, 2020

The small but vocal group of parents propagating fringe views about the safety and effectiveness of childhood immunizations have found unlikely allies — Minnesota lawmakers.  Through personal and official Republican Senate media channels on Facebook, as well as appearances at an anti-vaccination rally last year at the Capitol, more than a dozen state legislators in […]

Some big shots want to amend the Minnesota constitution to prioritize schools. Can it work?

BY: - February 7, 2020

A pair of prominent Minnesota leaders want to harness the power of words to address some of the nation’s worst racial disparities in education. Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari and retired state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page — the latter a Democrat, the former a Republican — have launched a campaign to amend the state’s […]

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Mpls council member hits speed bump on path to housing authority

BY: - February 6, 2020

It may not be a quick transition from Minneapolis City Council to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for Abdi Warsame. Warsame, the 6th Ward council member who was picked to be the executive director of the city’s housing agency, needs a waiver from the federal government — or must wait an entire year before taking […]