Colorado lawmaker issues apology after suicide-bomber reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar

BY: - November 27, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert issued an apology Friday after a video circulated showing her suggest that if Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were wearing a backpack then Boebert would suspect her of being a suicide bomber. Boebert, a Republican from Silt, made headlines recently for saying a Omar, who is Muslim, was part of […]

CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in

BY: - November 26, 2021

It’s a practice long complained of. CVS Health and other massive corporations often use their pharmacy middleman subsidiaries to force people to get the most expensive class of drugs from the businesses’ own mail-order pharmacies. Some call the practice “patient steering.” CVS and companies such as UnitedHealth and ExpressScripts/Cigna say the arrangements save patients money. […]

Ranked choice voting survived its biggest election season yet

BY: - November 26, 2021

Voters in a record number of cities cast their ballots this month by ranking a slate of candidates rather than choosing just one. Ranked choice voting, lauded by advocates for avoiding costly runoffs and ensuring that winners in crowded races earn majority support, is steadily gaining steam nationally. This year, 32 cities in seven states […]

Sen. Chamberlain ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘retweet if you’re pureblood’

BY: - November 24, 2021

The assistant majority leader for the Minnesota Senate Republicans, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, recently “liked” a tweet by a British right-wing radio host that said, “Retweet if you’re pureblood.”

Immigration protections in Biden’s social spending bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

Minnesota tops the nation in turkey production

BY: - November 24, 2021

If you’re eating a turkey on Thanksgiving, odds are it came from Minnesota. Minnesota tops the nation in turkey production, with more than 40 million birds produced here last year by at least 600 growers — including poultry giant Jennie-O. That means we have about seven turkeys for every person in Minnesota. Minnesota produces nearly 18% […]

International law firm quietly becomes key player in Minneapolis police reform effort

BY: - November 24, 2021

An international law firm based in Ohio is playing an increasingly large role in how the city of Minneapolis handles a variety of controversial police issues, from investigating police misconduct to representing the city as its police force is investigated by state and federal officials. What started out as free work representing the city in […]

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources. In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

Second Minneapolis officer disciplined for conduct during civil unrest

BY: - November 23, 2021

A second Minneapolis police officer has been disciplined since George Floyd was killed by police on May 25, 2020, this one for failing to report his use of force — hitting two people with marking rounds — three days after Floyd died.

Why does Minnesota have so many COVID-19 cases?

BY: - November 22, 2021

Minnesota is experiencing one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, despite a relatively high vaccination rate of 68% for people over age 5. The apparent contradiction has left many Minnesotans wondering why cases are rising so fast. Here are your questions about Minnesota’s COVID-19 surge, answered. Pretty bad. As of Friday, Minnesota had the country’s […]

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith says Build Back Better will pass by end of year

BY: - November 22, 2021

Sen. Tina Smith, the junior Democratic senator from Minnesota, was at the White House last Monday as President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law. Minnesota stands to gain more than $6 billion of that money. Smith spoke with the Reformer to give an update on where negotiations stand on the second […]