Government & Politics

Walz and legislative leaders preview session, discuss sexual harassment

BY: - February 6, 2020

It’s a funny thing that happens when the legislative leadership reaches gender parity — an extended conversation about passing stronger protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. The ascension of state Sen. Susan Kent’s election to Senate DFL minority leader brought female representation among caucus leaders to 50%.  Women outnumbered men at the annual Forum […]

St. Paul Park oil refinery reaches settlement with state over discrimination case

BY: - February 5, 2020

A St. Paul Park oil refinery is in the doghouse after the company settled with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for violating anti-discrimination laws.  The state agency announced that Marathon Petroleum Corporation would pay a former employee $75,000 after an investigation found it unlawfully denied her request to bring her service dog, River, to […]

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Daily Reformer: Campaign finance reports: top fundraisers and big spenders

BY: - February 5, 2020

Good morning. Headline in local media outlet last night: Amy Klobuchar gets a boost from likely fifth place finish in Iowa Nope, that’s not a thing.  (Good on whoever changed it.) Today on the Reformer:  Max Nesterak on a couple Dems’ plans to give everyone who needs one a rental voucher, with an assist from […]

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271,000 Minnesota households pay more than 30% of their income in rent

BY: - February 5, 2020

Just one in four households that are eligible for rental assistance actually get it. When the state’s three largest housing agencies opened up their waiting lists for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers last summer, they received more than 45,000 applications for just 7,500 spots. That was for a spot on the waiting list, not for […]

Trump made his pitch for 4 more years. Pelosi ripped up the speech.

BY: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump delivered his third — and possibly final — State of the Union address Tuesday night on the floor of the U.S. House, where he was impeached in December.  And the partisan animosity that has gripped Washington throughout the impeachment proceedings was on stark display throughout the annual speech by the […]

Klobuchar wins big among Iowa snowbirds who caucused in Palm Springs, Calif.

BY: - February 4, 2020

Given the number of Midwestern state license plates in my old Palm Springs condominium complex, it’s no surprise to hear U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won the Iowa satellite caucus in Palm Springs, Calif.  A popular destination for snowbirds from Iowa and Minnesota, the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs lies, sees a massive influx of temporary […]

Three things to know ahead of Trump’s State of the Union

BY: - February 4, 2020

President Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address tonight. Here are a few things to know about the economy, education and government action in the United States last year in advance of the speech. Growth in gross domestic product was roughly in line with previous years’ change. 2. More than three […]

Allegations of ‘rampant’ sexism, ‘racist’ and ‘retaliatory’ culture came before AFSCME Council 5 leadership shakeup

BY: - February 4, 2020

Before the abrupt leadership shakeup at one of the state’s most powerful public employee unions last summer, union leaders were accused of “rampant” sexism, as well as a “racist” and “retaliatory” culture, according to a letter obtained by Minnesota Reformer. The letter sent to the union’s leadership in early August came from Vanessa Marian Butcher, […]

These Iowans got their first caucus experience in Minnesota

BY: - February 4, 2020

Thirty-two Iowans gathered in St. Paul Monday night. Between excited moments of recognition — “Oh, you’re from Cedar Rapids? Me too!” — they had important political business to finish. For the first time ever, Iowans unable to caucus for Democratic presidential candidates in their home state had the option to attend a number of satellite […]

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Bemidji activists to hold funeral for the Constitution ahead of State of the Union

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hours before President Donald Trump delivers his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday, a child will place a copy of the Constitution in a handmade coffin in Bemidji. Attendees, dressed in black, will read the Bill of Rights and portions of the Constitution before placing their hand-written fears into the coffin. “It’s nothing fancy,” […]

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Mayor Frey aims to rein in off-duty police work, creates task force

BY: - January 31, 2020

When former police officer Mohamed Noor clocked in for his 10-hour police shift on the July night he shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk in south Minneapolis, he had just come from a seven-hour shift moonlighting as a security guard. More than two years later, Mayor Jacob Frey plans to create a task force to examine […]

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The dangerous path from no refugee resettlement to something much darker

BY: - January 30, 2020

The recent decision by Beltrami County to no longer accept new refugee resettlement there was in some ways meaningless. Refugees have not been placed there in at least five years. Their ruling only affects efforts by groups like Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Service to resettle refugees, but does not prevent refugees from moving to […]