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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.
The goal of the boot camp is to build on recent gains for representation in politics. And 2018 was a record year for out candidates running and winning.
Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen also have zombie PAC balances; law doesn't prohibit their use.
Amy Klobuchar got another shot at making a mark on a national audience Tuesday. As Patrick Condon writes in today's Star Tribune, the Minnesota…
First-time candidate Kendall Qualls praises President Donald Trump, who lost the district by 9 points.
Danielle Stella, 31, is one of five candidates challenging the first-term DFL congresswoman.
The House Republican from southern Minnesota has emerged as a top target for Democrats in 2020, but he isn't shying away from conservative stances.
Republican Kendall Qualls is a former Army captain who has spent the past three decades working in health care and medical technology industries.
From abortion to paid sick leave to school choice, legislators use prewritten bills, lifting full paragraphs written by political and religious groups.
A crowd of cheering supporters at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was a loud counterpoint to a turbulent week with President Donald Trump.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, in the vortex of President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color, raised more than $600,000 for her re-election…
After the narrow loss in 2016, Republicans are pulling out all the stops.
Teams spread out to make sure no child goes hungry during break from school.
Lt. Gov. Flanagan to lead state delegation on trip focused on sustainability.
A spokeswoman said he filed for an extension in April and that filling out his form takes longer "given the complexity of Dean's finances."
Officials have said the current setup created some accessibility issues during large public events.
Eleven states have approved laws allowing recreational use of marijuana, but Rep. Ilhan Omar says states shouldn't get to "pick and choose."
Several other Republicans, including Rep. Jason Lewis, are still mulling a run.
The law, which took effect Monday, is expected to raise $20 million a year to fight opioid addiction by sharply raising fees on the companies that make powerful prescription painkillers.
Here's a look at 10 new measures being added to the state books Monday.
Both parties making social media guidelines a core part of volunteer training.
Officials will get tips on promoting sustainability in energy and agriculture.
Some wondered how state attorney general, an abortion-rights advocate, would respond.
The large field and subsequent process for deciding who gets to debate whom (and when) have prompted plenty of questions.
The program intended to foster economic growth on the Iron Range has given more money per capita in the past five years for projects in influential state Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk's district than any other — by about one-third, according to a review of public records.
A veteran staffer was paid $166K to retire before being hired back a month later.
Zimmern's contract, which ends this month, required two posts per month to reach his more than 1 million Twitter and other social media followers.
The perennial end-of-session scramble raised a question for one reader: "They never get anything done, so why not extend it out and give them more time to get it done?"
As a three-term senator and presidential candidate, Amy Klobuchar is accustomed to fielding questions on some of the more divisive topics driving national politics. But…
Hennepin County, other metro entities topped list.
The lawsuit targets more than a dozen existing statutes, including a 24-hour waiting period and a provision mandating that fetal remains are buried or cremated.
After an all-night special session, both houses of the Legislature adjourned just before 7 a.m. after a series of votes on the next two years of state spending. But there was no deal on a public works borrowing bill, which will wait until next year.
The move caps a week of closed-door talks between the governor and House and Senate leaders scrambling to fill in details of state government budget bills.
Lawmakers continue hash out budget bills' details ahead of special session.
Increased fees for drugmakers will raise $20 million a year for addiction prevention and treatment.
On the day after, left-out legislators, interest groups and the public say lack of transparency in late-session deals must end.
With time running out, legislative leaders tentatively planned a special session Thursday to hammer out final budget agreements through a series of conference committees or "working groups."
The agreement could make Minnesota the first state in the nation to establish a separate state fund dedicated to opioid addiction prevention and treatment.
The deal denies Gov. Tim Walz much of the new revenue he wanted for road improvements, but leaves mostly intact a health care tax that Republicans sought to end. There's also a small middle-class income tax cut.
With every passing hour, lawmakers are more likely to need Gov. Tim Walz to call a special session of the Legislature once they adjourn at midnight Monday, as required.
Activists fear they are running out of time.
Advocates say compromise language offered by Republicans doesn't go far enough.
Monday's breakdown came after hours of incremental progress as formal negotiations resumed in earnest for the first time in nearly a week.
While both sides say the talks have been collegial and productive, significant fiscal and ideological rifts remain between DFL leaders controlling the state House and governor's office and the Republican-led state Senate.
Minnesota Senate GOP leader Paul Gazelka, father of child with a dual gender identity, seeks to heal political and personal wounds. "I cry over this issue," he said, choking up during an interview
Two wildly divergent education spending proposals emerged from the DFL-led House and the Republican-controlled Senate — with scarcely two weeks left in the legislative session.
Democrats, school leaders say the proposed funding level will lead to cuts.
Senate leader doesn't want it as a budget vote, while DFL Gov. Tim Walz calls move premature.
But Senate leader says his chamber won't address them: 'The bills are dead.'
The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr lacked authority to change the name of a lake that had existed for more than 40 years.
Proposal would affect 31 offices across Minnesota that provide referrals for abortions.
It's a marathon to get bills off the floors — and into talks.
Major rift expected with Republicans, Democrats far apart as May 1 deadline approaches.
It passed a budget measure that looks little like the Senate proposal.
Perennial campaign issues like the economy, health care and immigration have long driven voters to the polls. But, in the face of growing international concern about the planet's future, climate change and the environment are emerging as key concerns.
The freshman Democrat's first-quarter fundraising outpaced many fellow members of Minnesota's congressional delegation.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has seen a spike in death threats since a tweet by President Donald Trump suggesting that she minimized the significance…
While the industry opposes state regulations, supporters argue that failing to act will have long-term consequences for the state's economy and workforce.
Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Friday to close a hole in state law that local prosecutors say prevented them from charging a light-rail train…
The Minnesota House passed a measure Friday 74-52 that would give all immigrants the ability to get driver's licenses, even if they are in the country illegally.
Participation among voters 29 and younger rose across the country.
Omar was not at the gathering outside the Urban League office, and a spokesman said her office was not affiliated with the event.
The change was sparked by a 2017 crash in St. Paul that killed a 29-year-old man.
The bipartisan 59-6 vote came two weeks after the state House passed a similar measure, setting up negotiations to work out differences in the two bills before sending a final compromise to Gov. Tim Walz, who has said he will sign the final proposal into law.
Dueling proposals vie to reshape the market in the state, especially with the rising cost of prescription drugs.
An independent commission voted Friday to increase the annual salary for Minnesota legislators to $46,500, giving lawmakers their second raise in as many years. The…
The independent panel that oversees legislator pay also urged lawmakers to reassess their per diem policy and switch to a plan that reimburses only for actual out-of-pocket expenses.
State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, the GOP majority leader, called the cost projection "a real problem." He does not plan to hold hearings or a floor vote on the proposal this session.
It outlines guidelines for investigating complaints.
Lawmakers look at making baseline 50-50 for visitation.
The new congressman met with about 100 constituents in Maple Grove.
The special election was triggered by former Rep. Jason Rarick's election to the state Senate.
Continual uptick is a "worrisome long-term trend," health officials say.
Friday's rally in St. Paul was part of a wave of student demonstrations worldwide.