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

Legality of online voter registration now in judge's hands

Opponents say website’s implementation illegally used taxpayer funds, while state claims legal authority for money-saving system.

Updated: December 14, 2013, - 07:25 AM

Next year, feds will pick up the tab for Minnesota inmate hospitalizations

A new law moves more prisoners to a federal program and shifts millions in hospital costs from Minnesota and its...

Updated: December 13, 2013, - 10:31 PM

Plans to reuse the Dome’s seats could be too hard on bottom line

Getting them out intact is costly work, legislators are told.

Updated: December 05, 2013, - 09:53 PM

‘Free lunches’ back on menu for Minnesota legislators

Supporters say easing restrictions, among nation’s strictest, is intended to help restore camaraderie.

Updated: December 03, 2013, - 11:14 PM

Recommendation to extend Capitol gun ban is defeated

State panel on security issues is split evenly over whether to also ban permit-to-carry holders from bringing weapons into the...

Updated: November 27, 2013, - 04:01 PM

Legislators look to target publishers of mug shots

The websites, which demand payment to take the photos down, have become big business.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 10:41 PM

Hot Dish Politics: Auditor's report takes a closer look at forfeitures

A new report shows that the Minnesota State Patrol far and away led the state’s law enforcement agencies in seizures...

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 07:25 PM

Minnesota's expungement laws targeted

Current statutes make it tough for offenders who deserve a clean slate, legislators were told.

Updated: November 19, 2013, - 08:22 PM

In Minnesota, past mistakes are sealed in name only

A Supreme Court ruling that limits the power of expunging, or sealing, offenders’ records has legislators taking another look.

Updated: November 16, 2013, - 06:54 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court again upholds law on clergy sex

State Supreme Court ruling, the second in six years, means no new trial for Rev. Christopher Wenthe.

Updated: November 06, 2013, - 09:05 PM

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