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Trump’s impeachment trial begins Tuesday

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Mike Lindell’s chaotic rise threatened by new adversity

BY: - January 22, 2021

Just a few months ago, Mike Lindell was flying high. The pillow mogul had become a key surrogate for President Donald Trump and won legions of fans — and customers — with his ubiquitous presence on Fox News. His redemption story from cocaine to riches and Jesus was a good one as he publicly mulled a run […]


12 years later, still hopeful, if more clear-eyed about it all | Opinion

BY: - January 20, 2021

Twelve years ago this week, I attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I traveled with two friends with whom I’d made a pact during long days of door-knocking for Obama and dozens of legislative and local candidates, many of whom rode the Democratic wave into office. Our pact was simple and reflected the seemingly […]


Republican politicians’ praise of Martin Luther King will sound even more hollow now | Opinion

BY: - January 18, 2021

There’s a long list of Republicans who ought not part their lips this holiday weekend to praise Martin Luther King Jr., to quote from his most famous speech or suggest in any way that they know anything about content of character.  That list includes the 138 Republicans in the U.S. House and the six Republicans […]

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber sign on to an amicus brief asking Supreme Court to overturn election

BY: - December 11, 2020

This story has been updated.  U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, the longest serving Minnesota Republican in Congress, signed on to an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election by invalidating the votes of millions of Americans whose support delivered the presidency to Joseph R. Biden. Emmer is an influential player in the […]

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said no. President Donald Trump listened.

BY: - November 25, 2020

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump bulldozed through state and local officials around the country who sought to limit the size of his rally crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In Bemidji, for instance, Trump drew a crowd of at least 4,000 people. In Duluth, he drew more than 2,500. Minnesota health officials […]

REPORT: Biden takes lead in Pa., in range of the presidency

BY: - November 6, 2020

(*This developing story will be updated) CNN Reports: CNN banner: “BIDEN TAKES LEAD IN PA, ON VERGE OF PRESIDENCY.” @JohnKingCNN: “Dramatic and potentially decisive” moment. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 6, 2020 Biden has a 5,587-vote edge in the Keystone State, based on the current numbers, according to a source at the Department of State. […]

DFL continues statewide dominance, but Republicans make gains, too

BY: and - November 4, 2020

Minnesotans rejected President Donald Trump’s reelection bid by a commanding margin Tuesday, as former Vice President Joe Biden will be the winner of the state’s 10 electoral votes and continue a Democratic presidential winning streak that will surpass half a century.  U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, a Minneapolis Democrat, also prevailed over former U.S. Rep. Jason […]

Trump returning to Minnesota for 3rd time since voting started

BY: - October 28, 2020

President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in Rochester on Friday, part of his battleground state barnstorming in the waning days of the election. Trump, who is trailing Biden in national and many battleground state polls, is making his closing pitch to voters through a series of campaign rallies despite health risks associated with […]


Abuse directed at rural Democrats isn’t the whole story; there’s been kindness, too

BY: - October 27, 2020

Last week the Reformer published a guest commentary about the harassment the Lyon County Democrats suffered when they went out to campaign this year. The essay was one of our most read last week. But there’s more to the story, says Lyon County DFL Chair Anita Gaul.   The harassment we experienced was appalling and, at […]

Biden in final debate vows an immigration overhaul in his first 100 days as president

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden admitted that the […]


In the courtroom and in politics, when you got nothing, you gotta give em something

BY: - October 21, 2020

A recent Minnesota Reformer piece cited Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” — when you ain’t got nothing you got nothing to lose — as one of the songs which describes our current political moment. I agree. But we should not lose track of the implied corollary: When you ain’t got nothing, you gotta give […]