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Warren Limmer and Bonnie Westlin
Oct 30, 2020

Big money pours into District 34 Senate race

A survey of the Oct. 26 campaign finance disclosure by candidates and by the major DFL- and GOP-aligned organizations shows that at least $1.4 million has been spent on the Senate District 34 race.

Minnesota legislature
Oct 14, 2020

Hortman optimistic about bonding

As the year’s fifth special session opened Monday, House DFL leaders were optimistic that sufficient Republican votes were available to pass a $1.37 billion bonding bill. But a committee vote suggested those votes might be hard won.

Election 2020 Minnesota Primary
Aug 17, 2020

Primaries: DFL’s Tea Party moment?

Judiciary Chair Lesch was among those unseated in the Aug. 11 primaries.

Super Tuesday Minnesota
Aug 5, 2020

‘Ballot-order statute’ injunction stayed

Staying a federal judge’s injunction pending appeal, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has relegated DFL candidates to last place on the general-election ballot, at least among their major-party rivals.

Sen. Scott Newman
Jul 10, 2020

Senate panel observes Columbus day

The Columbus statue was the lone topic of discussion by the joint Transportation/Public Safety oversight committee, which is probing Twin Cities rioting, looting and destruction between May 26 and June 10.

Minnesota Legislature
Jul 8, 2020

Capitol Retort: Columbus’ return; riot oversight; mask mandate

Our review of issues in state and national news, with a rotating cast of political people in the know.

Melissa Hortman
Jul 8, 2020

Dueling public safety hearings debate police, riots

The hearings brought into sharp relief the competing narratives likely to play out — again — during a second summertime special session, which is expected to start Monday.

Rita P. Davis
Jul 2, 2020

Lee statue case devised by lawyer descended from slaves

At the heart of the issue with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wanting to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee is Rita Davis, who sees her whole career as building toward this moment.

Scott Newman
Jun 30, 2020

Senate panel to probe Twin Cities civil unrest

An as-yet unnamed GOP-led Senate committee will probe the causes of the civil disorder that plagued the Twin Cities after George Floyd’s May 25 death.

Paul Gazelka, Mary Kiffmeyer, Warren Limmer
Jun 25, 2020

Lawmakers leave much undone in special session

The June special session, dominated by talk of police-accountability reforms, got none of them done. The Legislature will almost certainly be back, likely by mid-July.

William Barr
Jun 19, 2020

New execution dates set for federal inmates on death row

The Justice Department has set new dates to begin executing federal death-row inmates following a monthslong legal battle over the plan to resume the executions for the first time since 2003.

court gavel and money
Jun 17, 2020

Judge: U.S. must release $679M in tribal virus relief funds

The U.S. Treasury Department must release $679 million in coronavirus relief funding for tribes that it intended to withhold while a court challenge over the agency’s initial round of payments to tribal governments played out in court, a federal judge ruled.

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