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Fifteen states have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but Minnesota isn't one of them. Host Eric Roper talks to reporter Torey van Oot about why.
Jennifer Carnahan, the current party chair, has not yet said whether she plans to run for another two-year term.
Spurred by fatal fire in Minneapolis, bill became stalled during pandemic.
Gov. Tim Walz said he hopes to call legislators back into special session as early as next week. "It feels like there's bipartisan momentum," he said outside the Nook in St. Paul.
About one-fifth of legislators vow to take safety steps, urge residents to do the same.
Many months (years? lifetimes?) ago, a fierce debate dominated some corners of the Democratic primary Twitter: What should U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s rising status in…
Republicans serving in Minnesota's congressional delegation remained silent Friday as President Donald Trump forged ahead on a last-ditch effort to nullify the outcome of the…
Coming off the 2020 presidential election, the conversation around the Electoral College continues to heat up.
Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, a longtime Capitol power broker, and Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm cited growing political polarization.
Republicans exceeded handicappers' expectations nationwide.
In the sixth special session this year, legislators played political chess as Republicans tried to protect their one-seat hold on the Senate next year if Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet.
Any possible recounts wouldn't change the majority balance.
Any possible recounts wouldn't change the majority balance.
Gov. Tim Walz announced dial back measures that close bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. and restrict the sizes of wedding and funeral receptions, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Gov. Tim Walz will extend the coronavirus state of emergency, triggering a sixth special session of the Minnesota Legislature this year.The Democratic governor cited a…
For most of the past decade, Republicans and Democrats at the Minnesota State Capitol have clashed over budget deficits and haggled over taxes and spending.…
An estimated 3.2 million Minnesotans voted in Tuesday’s general election — either via absentee ballot or in person — making for a 79% turnout that…
Minnesota voters seemed likely to deliver another two years of divided government in St. Paul as initial results from Tuesday’s election showed Republicans retaining a…
An expensive and hotly contested battle for control of the Minnesota Legislature came to a head Tuesday, with the outcome of a handful of legislative…
Election Day is finally upon us. First, the essentials. If you still need to vote, polls are now open statewide. Find your polling…
Facing the prospect of postelection court fights, Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials urged voters who hadn't already mailed their ballots by the final weekend to take them to early drop-off sites or vote in person Tuesday.
State officials already navigating the pandemic have been called on to protect the integrity of the election, defend face mask requirements and guard against possible acts of voter intimidation.
The absentee ballot tracker is back up, but an ongoing outage involving the voter registration system could lead to longer lines at early voting sites. Another short outage was planned just after 3 p.m. Saturday to work on the problems.
How do I get an absentee ballot? What if I'm not registered to vote? Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot.
Minnesota has seen a surge of interest in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters opt to vote early or by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Minnesota's early voting centers continued to draw crowds on Friday.
Trump will be in the Rochester area today; Biden will be in St. Paul.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis was released from the hospital Wednesday, days after undergoing emergency surgery.Lewis, a former congressman, sought treatment Monday…
DFL-aligned groups have outspent the GOP so far.
She and challenger Johnson aim to power statewide vote.
One outcome appears certain: The number of women serving in the Senate come January will increase.
The volume of early ballots accepted this year is already almost double the number counted for the entire 2016 election. With 11 days to go until Nov. 3, the mountain of mail ballots is expected to rise.
The temporary fence went up on May 31 as a precaution to protect the Capitol following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
As the state's top elected executive, and a face of the state's response to COVID-19, the governor and his record are an election-year issue in the 201 legislative races for control of the State Capitol.
Internal e-mails were released shortly before Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced the formation of two task forces to help guide decisions.
From puppies to free flu shots, organizers are getting creative.
Sen. Paul Gazelka alleged that the state Senate candidate had violated campaign law.
The passage marked the end of months of contentious negotiations over a measure supporters say will provide an infusion of cash and jobs into state and local economies. The measure also includes tax changes backed by Republicans.
George Floyd’s sister is urging Americans to vote, in a new television ad released by the Biden campaign Wednesday. In a 30-second video,…
Democratic leaders reject findings, call document fodder for election.
Legislators will convene in St. Paul again on Monday for a fifth special session.
The contest between U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner had been delayed after the death of a pro-pot candidate.
Legislators will return for a fifth special session on Monday, Oct. 12.
Geography is just one of many variables in a presidential race — but it's a big one. Where voters turn out could determine whether President Donald Trump becomes the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota in nearly half a century.
Several say they'll restrict activities for a time after president tested positive.
Higher rates of mail-in ballots were returned by Minnesota voters during the state primary, while relatively fewer were rejected.
Donald Trump lost the historically Republican Third Congressional District in 2016, and DFLers flipped it in 2018.
In a pretaped address a day after Trump hosted a rally in the state, she pledged to build on party momentum.
Becky Alery's departure comes five weeks before Election Day.
A day after President Trump questioned the integrity of mail-in ballots during the first presidential debate, Secretary of State Steve Simon defended the state's absentee ballot safeguards, noting that Minnesotans have voted absentee since World War II.
A Rogers man has been arrested in connection with an August break-in at U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips' campaign office.Justin Evans, 44, faces felony burglary charges…
Just 39% of likely Minnesota voters say the Senate should vote on President Trump's nominee before the November election, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith holds a comfortable lead over GOP challenger Jason Lewis in her bid for a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.
In an e-mail, Erin Murphy said she was recruiting staffers to work for the Minnesota DFL Party, not her campaign.
The moment he felt a slight itch in his throat, state Rep. Fue Lee worried he might have caught COVID-19. Days earlier, the Minneapolis Democrat…
Minnesota soldiers played a pivotal role at Gettysburg, a major Confederate loss.
With just over six weeks to go until Election Day and early voting now underway, campaign ads are taking over.
At a Bemidji rally, President Donald Trump also had a warning about refugees. It came hours after Democratic challenger Joe Biden flew into Duluth. Union, working class voters were the focus of the visits to a region of shifting political inclinations.
DFL Rep. Gene Pelowski's lawyer said living expense payments were an error.
The outcome could alter policy for years to come, including state's pandemic response and a chance to redraw the state's political maps for the next 10 years as the decennial redistricting process gets underway.
The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers' Association has clashed publicly with House DFL over a candidate's conduct.
The session set for Friday could bring political fight.
An influential police union had raised concerns about DFL candidate John Thompson's involvement in the event.
Some see the clashes as a symptom of a growing tribalism in American politics that has brought social tensions to new heights.
As chairwoman of the state Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan is one of President Donald Trump’s biggest and most vocal boosters in Minnesota. But she’s also…
Mailers, funded by GOP PAC that worked for West, include ballot application while bashing Joe Biden and Tina Smith.
A Minnesota congressman says his Minnetonka campaign office was burglarized overnight. Democratic U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips tweeted the news of the break-in on…
City and state officials worked together at a far faster pace Wednesday night than they did in late May.
Dayton, 73, wrote on Facebook that he expects to return to full strength in the coming months.
Expanding the base beyond rank-and-file Republicans is a key component of the Trump campaign's re-election strategy in key battlegrounds such as Minnesota, a state the president has vowed to flip after a narrow 2016 loss.
Women still struggle with sexual harassment and wage gaps while they have yet to shatter the highest glass ceiling in Minnesota and national politics.
Election officials have up to 10 days to determine whether the rapper qualified.
A 17-year-old activist and her 73-year-old grandfather are part of the Minnesota delegation.
A legal challenge targeting new absentee voting rules is headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court ahead of the November election. Minnesota has made a number…
DFL legislators ousted in primary see progressive convictions not enough to hold off youth, energy.