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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate on Dec. 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Klobuchar’s Iowa showing tops past Minnesotan presidential hopefuls

BY: - February 5, 2020

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar may have finished fifth in Iowa’s caucuses, but she still has bragging rights among Minnesotan presidential candidates. The senator is the fifth Minnesotan presidential candidate to compete in the Iowa caucuses since 1972. With the exception of Walter Mondale, all have placed last or second-to-last in the caucuses, according to […]

Ex-Forest Service chief at House hearing: Don’t make Boundary Waters testing ground for acid mine drainage

BY: - February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — In late 2016, just before the Obama administration exited, the chief of the Forest Service issued formal opposition to a mining company’s bid to renew a lease near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Then-Forest Service chief Thomas Tidwell, a 40-year veteran of the agency, determined that the potential environmental risk to the […]

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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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 […]

Rep. Betty McCollum’s effort to stop Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters divides fellow Democrats

BY: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration pushes to allow mining near Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters, Rep. Betty McCollum is waging an attempt to thwart the plans. But the Minnesota Democrat lacks broad support from the rest of the state’s congressional delegation. Only two other Minnesota lawmakers have publicly backed the legislation she introduced earlier this […]

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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SEIU health care workers headed for strike vote with HealthPartners

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are headed toward a strike vote this week after failing to reach an agreement about their health coverage with their employer HealthPartners.  HealthPartners and the negotiating team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota worked late into the night on Friday, with their previous contract expiring […]