Local
November 17, 2018
DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz was congratulated by supporters on election night as he headed to delivery his victory speech.

Minnesota business community reckons with GOP losses, empowered Democrats in St. Paul

Initiatives opposed by many in business community are within reach for state DFLers.
Politics
November 17, 2018
John Persell and Matt Bliss will have to wait until Nov. 27, when the state Canvassing Board will certify District 5A results.

Recount likely for Bemidji House seat

While candidates for Minnesota's 133 other state House seats have election results, in House District 5A the tension has not let up.
Politics
November 17, 2018
Sen. Tina Smith gave her acceptance speech election night at the DFL headquarters election party in St. Paul.

Sen. Tina Smith asks for donations to help Democrat in Florida recount

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is asking her supporters to chip in to help fellow Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson pay for the recount…
November 17, 2018
A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Again, election exposes flaws in patchwork system

The U.S. election grid this month remained a crazy patchwork of inconveniences, confusion and errors, both human-made and mechanical.
Politics
November 16, 2018
Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan said the creation of the transition advisory board is part of her commitment to bringing a wider range of voices into th

Peggy Flanagan, lieutenant governor to be, takes lead role in Tim Walz transition

Flanagan's first priority is creating a board that will influence hiring and budget development.
West Metro
November 14, 2018
Dave Hutchinson, left, is Hennepin County sheriff-elect, but Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.

Hennepin County sheriff-elect retains law firm in case of recount

Outgoing Sheriff Rich Stanek has seven days to ask for a recount.
World
November 14, 2018
U.S. Rep.-electIlhan Omar, flanked by family, delivered her victory speech on Election Day.

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar's statements on Israel return to spotlight

Local Jewish leaders say recent remarks contradict comments before election.
November 13, 2018
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura leaves a meeting with Governor-elect Tim Walz inside the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Ventura says he

Ventura visits next Minnesota governor, and talks pot

Jesse Ventura returned to his old workplace to advise Minnesota's next governor on transition issues — and took the opportunity to talk up legalizing marijuana.
West Metro
November 13, 2018
Sheriff elect Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, who pulled one of the biggest upsets of election night by narrowly defeating Hennepin County Sheriff Rich S

Hutchinson win confirmed; Sheriff Stanek silent on recount

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek issued a statement congratulating Dave Hutchinson and said the transition is underway. But a spokesman said the sheriff wasn't ready to discuss whether he would ask for a recount.
Local
November 13, 2018
Transit advocates hope newly elected officials will boost bus and rail funding in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results

Some hope Democratic majorities will boost bus and rail funding in the Twin Cities.
Politics
November 13, 2018
Rep. Maxine Waters

Congressional Black Caucus may be on collision course with Trump

Caucus members are set to lead at least five committees and more than a dozen subcommittees.
November 13, 2018
Erin Schaff/The New York Times Abigail Spanberger, a Democratic candidate for Congress, speaks at a rally in Henrico, Va., Nov. 5, 2018. Spanberger ou

A week after the election, Democratic gains grow stronger

Lead in House grows, while losses in Senate shrink.
National
November 12, 2018
Democrats Dean Phillips and Angie Craig defeated GOP incumbent U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis, respectively.

Minnesota is sending big freshman class to Congress

Minnesota's five new representatives are replacing members with 42 years of accumulated seniority and several influential committee assignments. "The more seniority you have, the bigger difference you're able to make," said retiring Rep. Rick Nolan.
Politics
November 12, 2018
Christine Giroux exited the voting booth at Transit Town Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. At 91.4 percent, in 2016, Sibley County had one of the highest p

How Minnesota's battleground districts shifted in the 2018 midterm

Minnesota's urban/rural political divide deepened in this year's midterm election.
Local
November 11, 2018
DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz was congratulated by supporters as he was led through the kitchen to give a victory speech after his win. ] ANTHO

Walz is 'done with the drama,' brings his vast agenda to Capitol

Gov.-elect Tim Walz's success hinges on whether the vigorous approach and penchant for pragmatism he brought to the campaign trail can win over the Republican lawmakers whose votes he needs.
Politics
November 10, 2018
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith acknowledged their supporters Tuesday night after Smith's acceptance speech.

Five takeaways from Minnesota's 2018 election

Democrats resurgentMinnesota Democrats came roaring back to life. After the 2016 election, Democrats were worried that Minnesota was just one more Republican victory away from…
Local
November 10, 2018
Mankato mayor-elect Najwa Massad celebrated on election night with her husband, John, and grandson Johnnie.

She's fed Mankato for over 30 years; now she'll run it

Days after her election as Mankato’s first woman mayor, Najwa Massad wasn’t quite used to the idea. “It still seems kind of surreal,” Massad said…
Local
November 10, 2018
Since election night, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has released only a terse public statement, saying the race was "too close to call."

Hennepin County sheriff alludes to transition in letter to staff, doesn't concede race

Stanek has yet to concede publicly or privately.
Local
November 10, 2018
The first Latina mayor elected in Minnesota, Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, greeted students at Richfield STEM Elementary on Friday.

From Richfield to Anoka, women of color made history in this year's election

Newly elected leaders bring diverse voices, backgrounds and experience to local offices.
State + Local
November 9, 2018
U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley gave her concession speech Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bloomington, Minn. Housley and other statewide GOP candidates

Republicans puzzle over how to break Minn. losing streak

Central to the state GOP's effort will be fielding candidates who can appeal to both its rural base while winning back the suburban voters who propelled DFL gains in this week's midterm election.