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Senate majority leader says he "personally will apply lessons from this episode to inform future decisions" while DFL leader says Republicans didn't take situation "seriously."
Minnesota DFL legislators are demanding more transparency from Republican senators who held large indoor gatherings that may have contributed to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol.
For most of the past decade, Republicans and Democrats at the Minnesota State Capitol have clashed over budget deficits and haggled over taxes and spending.…
In two pivotal races for control of the Minnesota Senate, candidates running under the pro-marijuana banner pulled in thousands of votes despite largely invisible campaigns.…
He beat DFLer Dan Feehan in a rematch by more than 13,000 votes.
Jim Hagedorn was leading DFLer Dan Feehan, but the race had not been called yet by Wednesday morning.
Republican Michelle Fischbach ousted DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District on Tuesday, ending a three-decade career in Congress and toppling Democras’ powerful chairman…
Stauber became the first Republican to win re-election in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District in more than 70 years.
Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn clung to a narrow lead early Wednesday in Minnesota’s First District against DFL candidate Dan Feehan. Hagedorn, a former…
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer sailed to a fourth term in the conservative Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, besting DFL political newcomer and former Mrs. Minnesota…
Facing the prospect of postelection court fights, Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials urged voters who hadn't already mailed their ballots by the final weekend to take them to early drop-off sites or vote in person Tuesday.
Federal judges ruled last week that all mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. Election Day must be set aside.
The Democratic presidential nominee rallied supporters at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights as part of a three-state swing Friday.
Recording left by a deceased marijuana candidate says he was recruited to be a spoiler in Second District race.
The Blue Dog Democrat finds himself increasingly isolated from his party as Republicans spend millions to unseat him.
DFL opponent Nystrom focusing on health care.
Trump focuses on support in region, but population trends are against him.
It’s not exactly how anyone imagines they’ll become a candidate for office. No news conference. No fancy rollout or fresh headshots. No, Paula Overby’s entrance…
Campaign appears to be shifting resources to major potential swing states such as Florida, Arizona and North Carolina.
In the final month, both sides have been forced to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in new and surprising ways.
Trump held an indoors fundraiser in the Twin Cities and an outdoors rally that attracted thousands to the Duluth airport on Wednesday.
Looking at "harvesting" allegation in council election would fall to MPD, Hennepin County.
Both sides in the ideological divide are mobilizing around the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
It was a different time, but the messages to voters were similar.
Joe Biden looks to reassert Democratic competitiveness beyond the Twin Cities and suburbs, while President Donald Trump is aiming to shore up his backing from 2016.
The race for First Congressional District in southern Minnesota has become a microcosm of the broader 2020 general election.
Steve Kelley is the second commissioner to be rejected by Republicans, amid heightening tensions over the governor's pandemic powers.
They were both in Minnesota on Wednesday as the state rises in presidential importance.
Peter Su has an audio recording of a phone conversation in which the Minnesota Republican said that "I don't believe there's any problem" with taxpayer-funded mail.
It's not something that happened overnight in Minnesota.
Mailers, funded by GOP PAC that worked for West, include ballot application while bashing Joe Biden and Tina Smith.
Tim Walz and Paul Gazelka vowed to reinforce their "mutual respect" after a sharp exchange of letters.
The Trump and Biden campaigns started airing ads Tuesday and have reserved millions in airtime up until Election Day.
In back to back conventions, Democrats focused on virus, social justice, while Republicans warned of rioting, anarchy.
Southern Minnesota Republican's heavy spending on constituent mail now under scrutiny.
The DFL might challenge the move by the rapper and Trump supporter.
Women still struggle with sexual harassment and wage gaps while they have yet to shatter the highest glass ceiling in Minnesota and national politics.
The convention will take place mostly in the virtual landscape of cyberspace, relegating all but the party's most high-profile figures to supporting roles at home.
Rep. Ilhan Omar bested four primary challengers by double-digits, including DFL newcomer and mediation lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux, whose well-funded campaign was centered on the argument that he would be more focused on the needs of the district than the outspoken incumbent.
Antone Melton-Meaux recalls his days at the University of Virginia where police detained him for three hours based on reports that a man wanted for…
Request made to SBA after disaster declaration denied by FEMA.
State officials defended their participation in the program, noting they followed all of the rules and used the money as it was intended.
During the ongoing pandemic, counties have been given more latitude to find a polling place that's safe for voters.
Minnesota lawmakers are facing a potential $4.7 billion deficit in the next two-year budget as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to gobble up more resources than the state gets in revenue.
The first daughter and the U.S. Interior chief made stops in Duluth and Bloomington
This time, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that complicated things.
The legislation, which passed a divided Legislature with broad bipartisan support earlier this week, ushers in some of the most significant changes to the state criminal justice system in years.
The Legislature passed one of the most substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system in years, including a statewide ban on chokeholds and neck restraints.
Some of Rep. Ilhan Omar's biggest critics are placing their bets — and considerable resources — on political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, her leading opponent in the five-way Aug. 11 primary.
Antone Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar, said he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, dramatically outraising Omar.
Veteran organizers hope to unite factions, win over rival Democrats' loyalists.
Minnesota House Republicans are pushing a proposal that would allow local school districts to decide if — and how — they should reopen for classes…
The CARES Act funding will be distributed to 300 food shelves and seven food banks across the state.
Gov. Tim Walz, who's planning to call a special session Monday, said he is optimistic that lawmakers can strike a deal. But the politics remain tricky.
In the 115-year history of the State Capitol building, memorials have only ever been added, never subtracted. That could soon change.
The request to FEMA asks the president to declare a major disaster in Minnesota and send relief.
Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn is facing a rematch this fall with Democrat Dan Feehan.
During his 32 years at the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, Paul Mandell has heard plenty of suggestions for new monuments.
Any eligible Minnesotan can now elect to vote early by mail or in person.
Legislators failed to pass distribution plan during recent special session.
Lawmakers left St. Paul at sunup Saturday morning without a deal on criminal justice reform. The impasse unsettled a tentative deal to distribute $841 million in federal COVID-19 aid to counties and towns. Also left undone: a billion dollar-plus bonding package to finance public infrastructure projects.
Tensions were rising in a late-night debate in the Minnesota Senate last week when Sen. Patricia Torres Ray turned to each member of the People…
Minnesota calls to action inspire national momentum for change
Republicans in the Legislature are calling on Democrats in control of the House to hold hearings on the proposal to dismantle the police. And in campaigns, they are using the push in Minneapolis to paint all Democrats, from top to bottom, as "extreme."
Challenges mount to the governor's sweeping power.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is embarking on its biggest task yet, digging into a decade worth of Minneapolis police procedures, policies and practices.
The probable Democrat nominee can make an appeal directly to activists in a state that President Donald Trump is targeting this fall.
More than two-thirds of Minnesotans say they won't return to normal rhythms of daily life, and many believe the worst is yet to come, according to a new Minnesota Poll.
Starting June 1, bars and restaurants can open for outdoor service. Hair salons and campgrounds also can reopen, with limits. But the state's restrictions are more than what Iowa, the Dakotas and Wisconsin have.
The uncertainty surrounding the $2 billion bill, couched by Democrats as a jobs initiative, is the latest roadblock in a legislative session completely upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor says that 'for the most part, Minnesotans did this.'
It's a significant step, but it's not a wholesale reopening: Starting Monday, people can get out more in groups of less than 10, and many more businesses can reopen, if there is a plan to keep workers and customers safe.
At the Capitol, Gov. Tim Walz is widely expected to extend his peacetime emergency powers.
With a week to go, legislators clash over business reopenings and state pay raises.
More candidates focus on jobs, economy, public health rather than partisan projects.