Government & Politics

U.S. Senate rejects two anti-abortion bills

BY: - February 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor votes and […]

Will Sanders’ strength in diverse communities win him the endorsement?

BY: - February 25, 2020

A California poll examining candidate preferences contained some revealing insights into Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ strength in diverse communities, which could help propel him to the Democratic nomination if other candidates are unable to catch up after his dominant performance in the Nevada caucuses last week. The data show the uphill climb in large, delegate-rich […]

How Minnesota is working to shore up elections security ahead of November

BY: - February 23, 2020

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is gearing up for another battle for a second batch of federal elections security funding.   After a months-long feud with Senate Republicans in 2019, Simon’s office persuaded the Legislature to spend money that unlocked $6.6 million in federal funding last year. He quickly hired a new “cyber navigator” — […]

‘Increase Teachers of Color Act’ clears House committee

BY: - February 20, 2020

A bill that aims to help Minnesota schools hire and retain more teachers of color cleared a House committee Wednesday, though prospects of it becoming law remain unclear. For several years, advocates have pressed for legislation to increase diversity in Minnesota’s teacher workforce, which has remained overwhelmingly white even as children of color make up […]

These four counties show how Minnesota politics has changed while remaining stubbornly light blue

BY: - February 20, 2020

The past few election cycles have seen massive shifts in the geographic balance of the two major parties, typified in the polarized Minnesota map of voting patterns in the 2016 presidential election. The trend follows familiar developments that happened in other states much earlier — Democrats winning urban areas while Republicans consolidated their hold on […]

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 […]

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

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 […]