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

Franken tells TV network: 'I'm ready for Hillary' to be president

During a chat with MSNBC, the Minnesota senator proclaims “I’m ready for Hillary” in 2016.

Updated: December 16, 2014, - 11:52 PM

Rep. Kline optimistic on education reform, calls torture report 'purely partisan'

The veteran congressman said an education bill should move rapidly to the floor.

Updated: December 15, 2014, - 07:59 PM

Minnesota legislators look to weigh in on nation's drone debate

The use of drones is igniting a fresh phase in the nationwide debate on the right to privacy vs. the need for surveillance.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 05:05 AM

BCA agreed to FBI terms on secret cellphone tracking

At issue are devices that reveal cellphone locations at any given time, without the user knowing.

Updated: December 05, 2014, - 11:02 PM

Cambridge man convicted in gun dispute involving Minnesota House speaker

A man charged with pulling a gun during a dispute in Montana where then-House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt was present...

Updated: December 03, 2014, - 11:09 PM

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

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