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Minnesota gets top rating in LGBTQ equality report

BY: - January 30, 2020

Minnesota received the highest ranking in an annual assessment of state policies affecting LGBTQ people, released today by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization. The state is one of 17 categorized as “working toward innovative equality” by the State Equality Index, which takes into account each state’s nondiscrimination, criminal justice, health and safety […]

Former Woodbury Mayor Mary Guiliani Stephens to challenge DFL Sen. Susan Kent in swing district

BY: - January 30, 2020

State Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, is facing a new Republican opponent for her senate district seat: former Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.  Kent, who is two days away from challenging DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk for caucus leader, now faces a formidable opponent in a swing district she won by fewer than 400 votes […]

Women mayors twice as likely than men to face online abuse, threats of violence

BY: - January 30, 2020

Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, the first woman in the city’s history to hold the post in the era of social media, recalls clearly the shift in criticism she received when she went from city councilwoman to city executive.  “The number of times I was told I should get raped was extraordinary,” she said in […]

Minneapolis council member to lead housing authority

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame got the job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The Sahan Journal reports Warsame was tapped to be the next CEO/Executive Director of MPHA, which serves some 26,000 people through managing the city’s public housing and administering the Housing Choice “Section 8” Voucher Program. It was announced Wednesday at […]

Who are the popular kids? Klobuchar tops Trump, Walz, Smith

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose presidential campaign is sprinting to the finish ahead of the Iowa caucus next week, continues to be the state’s most popular politician, according to public-opinion polls aggregated by APM Research Lab and Minnesota Public Radio. A mixture of 2019 polls by Morning Consult, Kaiser Family Foundation/Cook Political Report and the […]

Nearly 40% of Minneapolis schools segregated by race

BY: - January 29, 2020

This year, nearly 40% of Minneapolis Public Schools fall into the category of more than about 86% white or students of color. That’s 25 of the district’s 63 schools that are at least roughly 86% white or students of color, according to Minneapolis Public Schools enrollment data. Minneapolis Public Schools released several plans this month […]

3,000 HealthPartners workers prepared to strike over their own health care

BY: - January 29, 2020

More than 1,800 nurses and other medical care workers at HealthPartners could vote to strike next week if they don’t reach a new contract agreement by Friday at midnight. The workers say they are standing firm against a company effort to cut employee health benefits. HealthPartners, which has 26,000 employees and more than $7 billion […]

About 500 children are using cannabis as medicine in Minnesota. Here’s a breakdown.

BY: - January 28, 2020

Some Minnesotans whose sick children depend on CBD and other cannabinoids for medical use are pushing for schools to allow those products on their campuses, according to the Star Tribune. State law bans medical cannabis from school property but says nothing about CBD, the Star Tribune reported. Many schools have banned the products, meaning some […]

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What happens in Minnesota if Obamacare gets struck down by the courts?

BY: - January 28, 2020

At least 300,000 Minnesotans may lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, which is the entirely possible outcome of a lawsuit winding its way through the courts. The 2018 election hinged on the largely successful Democratic message that they would keep in place protections afforded by the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known […]

DCCC goes on offense, running health care ads in the metro

BY: - January 27, 2020

This story and headline have been updated to reflect the ads’ broader reach than just the Second Congressional District.  U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is getting some national help in her first reelection. Minnesota is among the states where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced more than $1 million in TV and digital ad buys Monday […]

Republicans begin push for voter ID law even after voters rejected it in 2012

BY: - January 27, 2020

Minnesota Senate Republicans, defending a narrow 35-32 majority in the November election, signaled a major push for a new voter ID law in the upcoming legislative session that begins Feb. 11.  Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a Nisswa Republican, released a video on social media channels Friday saying the caucus will advocate hard for a law […]

It’s on: Sen. Susan Kent is challenging Sen. Tom Bakk for DFL leader

BY: - January 24, 2020

The Senate DFL caucus is nearing what could be a bruising leadership battle — and potentially its first woman leader. State Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, is challenging Minority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook, in a leadership election that will take place Feb. 1, according to an email Kent sent to the caucus and obtained by […]