Delegate Charley Underwood of the Twin Ciites, a Bernie Sanders supporter, listens to a speech Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention in Minneapolis. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Legislative Races Fill An Election Gap

This year presents a rare opportunity for Minnesotans to focus on legislative races, and who controls the Legislature. “That’s the whole deal,” veteran politician Nancy Larson said Saturday at the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention. “But people here don’t realize that.” Control of the state House and Senate is up to voters this year, and it…
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Special Session Negotiations Set

Gov. Mark Dayton pleaded with House Republicans to accept his plan to call a special legislative session to help reduce racial fiscal disparities and to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off miners. But Republicans are not ready. Democrat Dayton on Tuesday wrote a letter to Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt asking that his caucus consider backing…
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Cities Apply To Make Police Body Camera Videos Private

Minnesota legislators could not decide whether video from police-worn body cameras should be public, so cities across the state are asking the Dayton administration to keep most private. Sixteen cities this week asked Administration Commissioner Matt Massman to order that the video be private until legislators can settle the issue. “This will help guide and…
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Legislator-cop Wants Apology From Colleagues Accused Of ‘making Out’

A Democratic state representative with a long police career wants apologies from two Republican Minnesota lawmakers who accused a park ranger of lying after he claimed they were kissing in an Eagan park. A park officer ticketed State Reps. Tim Kelly of Red Wing and Tara Mack of Apple Valley last month when he found…
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Republicans Count On Election To Gain Voice In House

By Charley Shaw Republicans have been shut out of power in the Minnesota state Capitol for two years, and in next week’s elections are seeking to regain some of their lost clout by winning back control of the state House. All 134 seats in the currently Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-controlled House will be on Tuesday’s ballot, while…
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