Government & Politics

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; 40 Republicans dissent, including Emmer

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]

Exclusive: AFSCME Council 5 experiencing financial woes, membership decline, documents reveal

BY: - March 12, 2020

The abrupt departure of two top leaders this past summer were just the beginning of troubles for one of the state’s largest and most powerful public sector unions, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5.  Documents obtained by the Minnesota Reformer show that Julie Blehyl, the recently named executive director of the […]

What are the governor’s emergency powers? Can he really tell us not to gather?

BY: - March 12, 2020

This post has been updated.  Minnesota may soon be entering slippery constitutional ground if and when Gov. Tim Walz follows the lead of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and forbids large gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. If Walz declares a peacetime emergency, as he is expected […]

Walz unveils scaled-down supplemental budget request amid COVID-19 worries

BY: - March 12, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday unveiled a slender supplemental budget proposal that would leave unspent $1.2 billion amid growing worry about the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and global economy. “What we’re seeing both globally and we’re seeing in other states, I think that probably has tempered expectations to do our No. 1 […]

Rep. Omar announces marriage to Timothy Mynett, political consultant paid by her campaign

BY: - March 11, 2020

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minneapolis, on Wednesday announced on Instagram that she is newly married to Timothy Mynett, a political consultant who had worked for her campaign.  “Got married!” Omar wrote. “From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed!,” adding an Arabic phrase that translates to “praise be to God.”  A spokesman for Omar […]

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 […]