Dayton: ‘No One I Trust More’ Than Lt. Gov. Smith In U.S.Senate

Mrs. Smith is going to Washington. “This is an extraordinary moment,” Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said Wednesday, Dec. 13, after accepting a gubernatorial appointment to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. She added that that although she plans to run for public office alone for the first time next year, “I shouldn’t be underestimated. And…
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Chatter: 2012 Sex Scandal Came At A Different Time Than 2017 Allegations

The Minnesota Legislature has been relatively free of sex-related scandals, which is one reason why recent harassment allegations came as a bit of a surprise to some. The difference between a scandal five years ago and a couple in recent days shows how times have changed. After then-Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth was caught in…
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Girl Protection Bill OK’d; Budget Talks Resume

Protecting young Minnesota girls from what is known as female genital mutilation has gained strong state House support. “This is gender violence,” Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said Monday before representatives voted 124-4 to get tough on the practice. It was an emotional debate. “I cried myself to sleep” Sunday night in anticipation of the debate,…
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Bill Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Starts Through Legislature

Farhio Khalif brought a “hush hush” religious ritual often called female genital mutilation into the open, saying the procedure is very painful to girls and parents should know it is illegal. Khalif said she should know, because it happened to her as a child. “It is not our will as little girls,” she said, but…
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Chatter: Franken Question Leads To Sessions’ Spotlight

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Russia problems became big news the past few days thanks to Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat asked Sessions about the Donald Trump presidential campaign’s ties to Russia. Since Sessions was close to the campaign, Franken thought it a legitimate question as senators weighed whether to approve Sessions to be…
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