Contentious Races, Numerous Candidates Define August’s Second Super Tuesday
2022 Elections
Contentious Races, Numerous Candidates Define August's Second Super Tuesday
2022-08-05 19:33:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — There will be no shortage of names on the ballots in four states as 2022’s elongated primary season continues. Some of the contests have already taken unexpected twists and turns and all, on some level, will be a... Read More

Internet as a Relocation Incentive
2022-08-04 23:49:42
by Madeline Hughes

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Lush forests, gleaming lakes and fast fiber optic internet have been the selling points for officials in a small northern Minnesota city of about 15,000 to lure new residents to the area. Following in the footsteps of... Read More

Koch Companies Partner to Build Massive Solar Farm to Power Oil Refinery
2022-06-01 17:40:04
by Dan McCue

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Two Koch companies are partnering to build what they say may be the largest solar installation of its kind in the United States to help power Minnesota’s largest oil refinery. The Flint Hills’ Pine Bend oil refinery... Read More

Minnesota Ag Omnibus Bill Aims to Address Multiple Challenges
2022-05-27 13:16:49
by Dan McCue

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an agriculture omnibus bill into law on Thursday that provides relief to farmers for drought and other climate change related challenges, while also investing in broadband and a wide range of... Read More

2022 Elections
Takeaways: Trump's Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring

Former President Donald Trump's crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump's entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss. It's a huge warning sign for... Read More

2020 Elections
Greene Seat, Two Democratic Primaries Among Top US House Races

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress is in a primary runoff in Texas to hold on to his seat. In suburban Atlanta, two Democratic congresswomen are vying for the same House seat after Georgia's Republican-dominated Legislature tinkered with their... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday's primary elections as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who is seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor... Read More

In The States
Special Election Set to Fill Hagedorn Seat
2022-02-23 18:39:53
by Dan McCue

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz has formally called a special election to fill the vacant congressional seat of Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who died last week following a battle with kidney cancer. A special primary will be held on... Read More

In Memory
Rep. Hagedorn of Minnesota Dies After Cancer Battle
2022-02-18 16:23:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., died Thursday night after a two-year-long battle with kidney cancer. His wife, former Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, made the announcement Friday morning via her Facebook page. The congressman was 59. In a post... Read More

Minnesota Court Unveils New District Maps, Craig Jumpstarts Reelection Bid
2022-02-15 21:59:26
by Dan McCue

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A five-judge panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court unveiled the maps depicting the state’s new political districts Tuesday, with the headline grabber being changes to the swing district currently represented by Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn.... Read More

'We Did It!': Minnesota Exults at Census Win at NY's Expense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South  and West even if they found and counted... Read More

House Watch
MN-07: Michelle Fischbach (R)
2020-10-30 23:50:50
by TWN Staff

About Fischbach : Michelle Fischbach recently served as the 49th lieutenant governor of Minnesota, ascending to that position following the resignation of her predecessor. She was the first woman in Minnesota history to serve as president of the Minnesota Senate... Read More

House Watch
MN-07: Collin Peterson (D)
2020-10-30 23:48:52
by TWN Staff

About Peterson: Peterson was born in Fargo, N.D. He grew up on a farm in Baker, Minn., and he currently lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He has three sons, Sean, Jason and Elliott and six grandchildren.  He was first elected... Read More

2020 Elections
Supreme Court Won't Delay Vote in Minnesota Congressional Contest
2020-10-30 17:44:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected a Republican candidate's attempt to delay the vote in a high-profile congressional race in Minnesota following the unexpected death of a third-party candidate. The date of the vote in Minnesota's Second Congressional District... Read More

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
2020-10-30 16:01:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations... Read More

Senate Watch
MN Senate: Tina Smith (D)
2020-10-29 22:58:20
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Tina Smith is the incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator for Minnesota. Smith was born on March 4, 1958, in Albuquerque, N.M., and grew up in Santa Fe. In 1980, she graduated from Stanford University and in 1984, earned an... Read More

Senate Watch
MN Senate: Jason Lewis (R)
2020-10-29 22:56:26
by TWN Staff

About Lewis: Jason Lewis represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district in the 115th Congress, but he is perhaps best known to most state residents as the host of a popular conservative radio show. Lewis voted for the Republican tax cuts of... Read More

2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

2020 Elections
District Court Approves Consent Decree Lifting Minnesota’s Vote-by-Mail Restrictions
2020-08-04 20:16:09
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A consent decree approved by the Ramsey County District Court has struck down two key requirements pertaining to vote-by-mail restrictions in Minnesota. The civil suit, filed by a group of individual voter-plaintiffs and the Minnesota Alliance for... Read More

Restoring Former Farmland: ‘The System Doesn’t Just Bounce Back’

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been more than 91 years since the last crop was pulled from the soil of an old farm field that, hidden away in a science reserve just north of the Twin Cities, has been left to grow... Read More

2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

State News
Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to State GOP’s Trump-Only Primary Ballot

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week’s... Read More

Minnesota Says New Federal Pollution Rules Would ‘Kneecap’ Water Protections

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal proposal to streamline water-quality laws would “kneecap” Minnesota regulators and effectively remove their authority to protect drinking water, rivers, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year, state officials have warned in a letter... Read More

2020 Elections
Democratic Lawmakers in Minn. Seek to Include Trump Rivals on GOP Ballots

MINNEAPOLIS — Lawmakers from Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party are studying legislation to open access to presidential primary ballots after the state Republican Party excluded rivals to President Donald Trump from the state’s March 2020 GOP primary. Trump was the only candidate... Read More

State News
Minnesota GOP Leaves Trump Challengers Off Primary Ballot

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will be the only choice on the ballot in Minnesota’s Republican presidential primary, even though he is not the only candidate running. That’s at the direction of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Its chairwoman, Jennifer... Read More

2020 Elections
Trump Trails Top Democrats in New Minnesota Poll

MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump trails several leading Democratic candidates, as well as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at this point in the presidential campaign in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. The two current front-runners for the... Read More

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