Abby Simons

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5043
Abby joined the Star Tribune in 2008. Before moving to politics, she covered Minneapolis police, suburban police and Hennepin County District Court.

Recent content from Abby Simons

For Thissen, a new role leading the minority

Two days after Republicans flipped 11 House seats to take control 72-62, the DFL caucus elected Rep. Paul Thissen as House minority leader-designate. No ballot was necessary.

Updated: November 08, 2014, - 05:38 PM

Dismal returns cost Independence Party major status

For the first time in the 16 years since Jesse Ventura “shocked the world” with a runaway victory, the IP will lose its status as a major party.

Updated: November 05, 2014, - 09:39 PM

Franken wins re-election over McFadden; Dems lose majority

Al Franken easily won re-election Tuesday to a U.S. Senate seat that he had narrowly captured six years ago.

Updated: November 05, 2014, - 10:40 AM

Franken, McFadden find common ground as well as differences

In the third and final debate before Election Day, Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden worked harder to acknowledge their differences than their similarities.

Updated: November 03, 2014, - 10:48 AM

For Franken, net neutrality remains key campaign issue

Franken said he gets asked about net neutrality “all the time.” Mike McFadden? “You know how many times I’ve been asked about these issues in 16 months on the trail? Zero. Zero times.”

Updated: November 02, 2014, - 06:49 AM

State's U.S. Senate race brings cash from coast to coast

Both candidates have drawn major sums from far beyond Minnesota.

Updated: October 30, 2014, - 11:12 PM

GOP mailers on drunken driving draw DFL ire

The campaign materials focus on use of ignition lock for drunken drivers.

Updated: October 29, 2014, - 09:30 PM

McFadden colleagues lambaste ad blaming him for layoffs

Challenger’s supporters lambaste Franken ad as “intentional manipulation.”

Updated: October 27, 2014, - 09:13 PM

Poll: Franken lead in Senate race narrows to single digits

U.S. senator is leading GOP challenger Mike McFadden 48 percent to 39 percent, though Franken’s advantage appears to have slipped recently

Updated: October 26, 2014, - 08:23 AM

Hillary Clinton joins wave of campaigning Democrats in Minnesota

She stumped for state’s DFL leaders, citing their achievements in the wake of the recession.

Updated: October 24, 2014, - 06:36 AM

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