Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL - There are either a lot of highly qualified candidates, or … well, let’s just say a lot of rejection letters will be going out. Some 500 people have applied for 23 commissioner positions as members of Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s cabinet. That’s nearly 22 resumes for every job — although it’s known that at least some people are applying for multiple cabinet posts. It’s hard to say if that’s a “normal” stampede or not. Walz and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan’s transition website invites anyone to apply for all sorts of state jobs.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz declined an White House invitation to meet President Donald Trump on Thursday, citing his work assembling his new administration.
ST. PAUL - D o you like the idea of everyone being able to know which party you vote for in a presidential primary? That's the way Minnesota law reads now. And yes, that's new. And no, not everyone likes the idea. "We've never had party registration in this state, and this looks like a back-door system of party registration," Secretary of State Steve Simon said Wednesday as he amped up his push to change the state law.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s economy is meh — average — and underlying factors suggest “signs for concern,” according to a report issued Tuesday, Dec. 4, by a local conservative think tank. That contrarian view — Minnesota is among tops in the nation by several measures — is the conclusion of the Center of the American Experiment, a Golden Valley-based group that advocates for free-market principles and frequently criticizes liberal Minnesota policies like taxation and light-rail spending.
ST. PAUL — Think of an elected office in Minnesota. Odds are, it’ll be on the ballot Tuesday. From governor to Congress to state lawmakers to judges to county boards, it’s a busy ballot. You’ll be forgiven if you can’t keep it all straight. Here’s some help: Governor Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrat Tim Walz are the two major party candidates vying to succeed two-term Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.
ST. PAUL — For more than a decade, Keith Ellison’s political opponents have criticized him with the same list of grievances: His past association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, his past association with gang leader Sharif Willis, his past statements on domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson, his past statements on convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, and a suggestion that Ellison, who is Muslim, would somehow “impose sharia law.”
ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump said on Monday, Oct. 29, he believes not all people born in America should be citizens, as guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. With Election Day looming, one Minnesota governor candidate was quick to share his opinion.
ST. PAUL — Keith Ellison's ex-wife never accused him of abusing her — though he accused her of physically abusing him. Those are among the takeaways from the unsealing of the former couple's divorce court records Wednesday, Oct. 17. The release was hotly anticipated by journalists and partisans closely following the Democratic congressman's bid to be elected Minnesota's attorney general and his tight race with Republican Doug Wardlow.
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-wife on Tuesday made a public plea for some of the couple's divorce records to remain out of the public view. Kim Ellison said some of the couple's 2012 divorce file, which is under seal in Hennepin County, contains information about her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and her depression that followed.
ST. PAUL — Tim Walz, the Democrat with the "F" grade from the NRA, wants to ban bump stocks, expand background checks and give courts the authority to temporarily take away someone's guns if the person is deemed a threat, as well as ban "military-style assault rifles" in Minnesota. Jeff Johnson, the Republican with the NRA's "A" grade and endorsement, wants none of that. He opposes any tightening of gun laws.Guess which one of the two candidates for Minnesota governor owns more guns.