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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota official at the center of questions about how the state investigates child care fraud fired back Friday, March 22, after being put on leave earlier in the week. “This controversy has become a political distraction and I am eager for the truth to come to light,” Carolyn Ham, inspector general for the Department of Human Services, said in a statement Friday. “The results of this investigation will show that there was no failure of leadership on my part.”
ST. PAUL — Two days after all of us lost an hour of our lives, Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday, March 12, took the first step toward ending the practice of changing our clocks twice a year. On Tuesday, a Senate committee overwhelmingly supported a bill that would make Minnesota follow only one time regimen all year. There’s bipartisan support for the idea, which reflects a perennial crankiness with our current system here and nationally, but it’s hard to tell if it will become law.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has become the center of … a lot, including talk on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, unbridled Twitter excesses. It’s easy to forget that until just over two years ago, she was pretty much a political nobody. Here’s a brief history of Omar’s rapid rise from local activist to national flashpoint. 1981: Ilham Omar is born in Mogadishu, Somalia, the youngest of seven children to educated civil servants. Her mother dies when she’s 2.
ST. PAUL — Free tabs. For one year. For all Minnesotans. A splinter group of Republican lawmakers is pitching just that. It probably won’t happen, but it’s a good way to grab attention — and some of the group’s other ideas for how to deal with the state’s troubled computer system for license plates and titles have broader traction.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis found herself in hot water Friday, March 1, accused, again, of anti-Semitism for fresh remarks about American Jews who support Israel. And she had just tried to put this behind her. Over the past two weeks, Omar had several meetings in Minnesota with local Jewish leaders. It was essentially part of a low-profile, not-on-Twitter, fence-mending tour following Omar’s remarks earlier in the month many saw as anti-Semitic and part of a pattern that dates back several years.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest deer hunting group has taken an aggressive stance toward captive deer farms as it seeks to contain a the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state’s wild deer. The positions announced this week by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association could prove significant at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are weighing a series of CWD proposals that face resistance from a group representing many of the state’s 400 deer and elk farms. Here are some of what the group wants:
ST. PAUL -- More than 60 former staffers of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar have signed an open letter stating that they have good things to say about her. The letter, posted Sunday, Feb. 24, in Medium.com, is in response to a number of reports — most recently from the New York Times, depicting the Minnesota Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate as an overly demanding and at-times demeaning senator to work for, even by Senate standards.
ST. PAUL — Democratic Minnesota House lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 21, introduced a plan to allow undocumented Minnesota residents — those in the country illegally — to get driver's licenses. But it wasn’t just Democrats. Business leaders, clergy, some in the law enforcement community, and at least one Republican lawmaker stood inside the Capitol Thursday to espouse the idea. Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, supports it as well, and its passage looks promising in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled House.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Republican state lawmaker has proposed a surcharge on hybrid and electric cars that would be the highest such fees in the nation. And yes, the turnabout from stereotypes of anti-tax Republicans and pro-tax Democrats was on display during a hearing on the idea Wednesday, Feb. 20.