MN Gov.-Elect Tim Walz Has Missed 80 Percent of House Votes Since August Primary

Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D-MN), still a U.S. congressman until January, has missed 45 votes on the House floor since winning August’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Minnesota. Between the days of September 4 and December 13, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted on 56 different measures, but Walz has been…

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New Minnesota Coalition Likes Jeff Johnson’s Idea of Building State of the Art Bus System

A new coalition of business leaders that launched at the Minnesota Capitol Tuesday plans to lobby state lawmakers to support a “comprehensive transportation system,” which could include $120 million in transit improvements for Greater Minnesota. The group, calling itself “Keep MN Moving,” is co-led by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, the…

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Dean Phillips Schedules Town Hall After Minnesota Sun Report

Rep.-elect Dean Phillips (D-MN-03) announced that he will be holding a town hall December 17 after a Sunday Minnesota Sun report found that he had yet to schedule a public meeting that he promised for “early December.” “To that end, Phillips announced his first public town-hall meeting will be held in…

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Amazon’s Somalian Employees Planning ‘Massive’ Protest at Minnesota Facility Before Christmas

A group of Somali-Americans are planning a “massive” protest at Minnesota’s Amazon facility after the corporation agreed to meet with organizers of the protest, but came up short on complying with their demands. A non-profit called the Awood Center, which seeks to build “East African worker power,” first started organizing…

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57,000 Minnesotans Would Lose Health Care Under MinnesotaCare Buy-In, Report Finds

A new report issued Wednesday found that 57,000 Minnesotans would lose their health insurance under Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s (D-MN) proposal to offer a MinnesotaCare buy-in option. The report, conducted by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, found that 57,000 fewer Minnesotans would have health insurance coverage from 2019 to 2020, an estimated…

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Walz Won’t Rule Out Gas-Tax Increase Despite $1.5 Billion Budget Surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget released its Budget and Economic Forecast report Thursday, estimating that the state will have a $1.5 billion surplus for the 2020-21 biennium. According to the report, an additional $491 million will be added to the state’s budget reserve, or “rainy-day” fund, which now totals $2.075 billion—a…

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Minnesota’s Economy is ‘Unimpressive’ and Heading in the Wrong Direction, Report Finds

Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D-MN) would probably disagree, but the state of Minnesota’s economy “continues to be unimpressive” and presents cause for “concern about the future,” according to the Center of the American Experiment. Minnesota’s leading think tank released its annual “The State of Minnesota’s Economy” report Tuesday, and found that…

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Minnesota Dems Push for Recount in State House Race Nearly A Month After Election Day

Republican Greg Boe won his bid for Minnesota House District 47B by 117 votes, enough to hold off a state mandated recount, but now Democratic lawyers have successfully pushed for a recount nearly a month after the election. Boe defeated Democrat Donzel Leggett 10,853 to 10,736 votes, or 0.54 percent,…

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Dem State Senator Falsely Attacks Reporter for Coverage of Gas Tax

Minnesota State Sen. Susan Kent (D-Woodbury) was not happy with KSTP chief political reporter Tom Hauser’s claim that “all polls” show opposition to a gas-tax increase, even though that’s not what the veteran reporter said. “On At Issue, [Hauser] wrongly stated that all polls show opposition to a gas tax…

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Walz Administration Will Push for MinnesotaCare Buy-In Option

Lt. Gov-elect Peggy Flanagan (D-MN) told the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that the incoming administration plans to push for a MinnesotaCare buy-in option. The public health insurance option was widely criticized by Republicans on the campaign trail, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson, who criticized Gov.-elect Tim Walz (D-MN)…

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