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The state is holding its first primary since 1992. Minnesotans cast some of the first ballots of the presidential election Friday morning, as early absentee voting began ahead of the state's March 3 primary.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar faced off against fellow Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday night in the final nationally televised debate ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. …
At least nine GOP women are running for DFL-held state House seats so far this year.
A former Republican state legislator has registered as a lobbyist just one month after leaving office, sparking fresh calls to update Minnesota’s conflict-of-interest laws. Former…
Gazelka calls for tax cuts, and an end to income tax on social security income.
Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the first part of his 2020 state bonding proposal, recommending to the Legislature that Minnesota borrow $276 million to pay for affordable housing projects across the state. Some of the money could be used to add sprinklers to public housing buildings.
The candidate's extensive spending here could benefit other Democrats, some said.
The presidential candidate is spending heavily on the airwaves ahead of the state's Super Tuesday primary.
Watchdog agency is concerned that former legislators are taking advantage of a disclosure loophole.
Gov. Tim Walz has said the date was selected "to accommodate the large student population in the district."
The congresswoman reported raising more than $800,000 from small-dollar contributors from July to September.
Thought 2019 was a wild year in political news? Buckle up: 2020 is expected to be even bigger — and busier. The races for the…
Independent investigation's findings into the DFL lawmaker's hiring are released.
Subhradeep Dutta, 28, died on a Christmas Eve hike.
The stakes for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, trailing the top tier in fifth place in the polls with just six weeks to go until the Iowa Caucuses, are higher than ever.
Little Oscar's Restaurant in Hampton mirrored the nation's deep divide. Ultimately, the final verdict is likely to be rendered in next year's election by these suburban swing districts.
In order to make the DFL ballot, candidates had to agree to the national committee's delegate selection rules and submit a letter by mid-December.
The move could mark the first posthumous pardon in state history, related to a case that sparked the deaths of three men in Duluth.
As podcasts boom, politicians make their case straight to constituents.
Gudoomiyihii hore ee Minnesota Gud. Arne Carlson: "Waxa ay ila tahay in aan ku fashilanay" in rusheeyayaasha waajib laga dhigo dhismayaasha dhaadheer ee gaboobay.
Carlson laba jeer ayuu codka diidmada ku hor istaagay rusheeyayaasha ka dib markii Waaxda Maamulka Guryaha Dadweynaha ee Minneapolis iyo kooxo kale cabasho ka muujiyeen in qorshahaas aanu wehlin dhaqaale lagu hirgeliyo.
Carlson twice vetoed broader sprinkler mandates after the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and other groups complained that retrofit proposals didn't come with any money.
At the State Capitol and elsewhere around the Twin Cities, they pushed for changes they believe will mitigate the effects.
Sen. Susan Kent of Woodbury told Democratic colleagues she plans to run for minority leader against Bakk, a fixture at the Capitol.
Antone Melton-Meaux wants to challenge the freshman congresswoman in the DFL primary next year
Democrats are plotting a 2020 strategy that relies heavily on suburban voters moving away from the Republican Party of Trump.
Seven lawmakers, including House Speaker Melissa Hortman, are participating in the trip, which is coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Current state rules mean candidates from pro-marijuana parties would appear first.
Voters will select a legislator to succeed late Rep. Diane Loeffler, who died at age 66.
While the quip may be new to national audiences, the Minnesota Democrat has been using the line for years.
The 16,000-square-foot Tudor house on Summit Avenue in St. Paul is in serious need of repair, state officials say.
Kurt Daudt will continue to serve in the Legislature and as GOP caucus leader, coming under fire from Democrats for a "massive conflict of interest."
Panel is set to issue recommendations by December 2020.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar looked to build on her strong October performance in Wednesday's Democratic debate, sticking to her message of midwestern pragmatism as she…
Student activists and journalists raised concerns about racist and sexist views Edward Duffield Neill promoted in the 1800s.
DFL Rep. Hunter Cantrell also announced that he won't seek another term in the state House.
Campaign strategists say the approach is efficient, inexpensive and necessary.
Despite the gains, advocates for higher turnout say more can be done heading into 2020.
Questions over her marital history have attracted unwanted attention.
Poindexter stepped down from party post last week.
Crowded Democratic field, Trump's vow to carry Minnesota all factor in.
A former intimate partner sent images to his colleagues, the DFL state senator says.
Armenians, and even some of her allies, assail her "present" vote
Southern Minnesota district could be a key battleground for control of the state Senate.
A bevy of progressives are challenging longtime Democratic incumbents in the Legislature in next year's elections, potentially sending more women, millennials and people of color to the State Capitol.
A Minnesota lawmaker is seeking campaign donations with a side of emoji. State Sen. Matt Little announced this month that his re-election committee is…
The Democratic presidential hopeful will appear Nov. 3 at Northrop auditorium.
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton made a stop in Minneapolis to promote their just-released "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience."
Nine candidates have met requirements so far for the Nov. 20 debate in Atlanta.
Minnesota Democratic lawmakers are leading a push to ensure the federal government does its part to shield the home addresses of domestic abuse survivors. Legislation…
The poll was conducted less than a week after President Trump visited Minneapolis for a high-profile campaign rally as part of an emerging effort by a Republican nominee to carry Minnesota for the first time since 1972.
She and Keith Ellison both endorse Vermont senator over Amy Klobuchar.
More than a year remains until the 2020 election. But campaign cash is already flowing.
The Minnesota Democrat has yet to qualify for the November debate.
Motion to dismiss challenge to restrictions insufficient, critics say.
Congresswoman's high profile, Trump's attacks help her raise $1.1 million.
On Thursday, Trump will bring one of his signature rallies to downtown Minneapolis, ground zero of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's district, where the urban-rural divide underlying his attack will be on full display.
Karin Housley's idea: Allow private driving instructors to administer the road tests.
Transparency advocates are seeking tougher conflict-of-interest rules for Minnesota's 201 state representatives and senators, the majority of whom hold outside jobs when the Legislature is not in session.
It will mark his fourth visit in 16 months to Minnesota after repeatedly pledging to pour energy and resources into flipping the state in 2020.
Two Twin Cities suburban House members joined a growing group of moderate Democrats on Monday voicing support for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Think tank's job offer to a DFL legislator spurs new university president to improve process.
Several thousand young people emptied local classrooms on Friday as part of a coordinated global movement seeking greater government action on climate change.
Members of the advisory board will help decide how to spend $20 million a year in new funds dedicated to curbing the crisis.
That's short for Minnesota's Vehicle Title and Registration System.
The money was going to be used to pay the salary of a DFL legislator.
Republicans are alleging preferential treatment.
Republicans called for an investigation, citing "major questions" about the hiring process.
Legislators hope MNLARS replacement can reduce wait times, mistakes.
Macey Meyer never considered herself the type to donate to a presidential campaign. Then she watched the first Democratic presidential primary debates. The 26-year-old restaurant…
Activists target 2-year colleges, which have more students of color, lag in voting.
Turmoil at the Minnesota Department of Human Services will be back in the spotlight this week, as the state Senate holds a second hearing into…
Community forum in south Minneapolis followed day of fresh turmoil for her.
The ex-GOP congressman and conservative radio host is challenging U.S. Sen Tina Smith in 2020.
Speaking at a packed news conference in the State Capitol with fellow Rep. Rashida Tlaib, she vowed to continue to "highlight the human cost" of Israel's policies.
In this lakes region with a strong tradition of hunting and fishing, longtime gun-rights advocates are grappling with a response to latest shootings.