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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.
The Minneapolis Police Department will not investigate the allegation of domestic abuse against U.S. Rep Keith Ellison but is talking to other agencies that might. “Due to a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Minneapolis Police Department will not be handling the matter involving Congressman Keith Ellison,” the department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “The Minneapolis Police Department is in communication with other law enforcement agencies who we may refer this case to.”
St. PAUL—Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach, an influential St. Cloud Republican in his eighth term, has ended his re-election campaign in connection to allegations his daughter made that he inappropriately touched her over a period of time. Knoblach, who is not resigning his actual House seat, denied the allegations in a statement Friday, calling them "extremely hurtful and untrue." He has not been charged with any crime, and authorities appear to have declined to file charges.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend has posted what appears to be a medical record showing that she told her doctor in 2017 that Ellison has physically abused her. In several tweets early this week, Karen Monahan posted a picture of what appears to be a computer printout of notes from a Park Nicollet Health Services doctor treating her. The report names Ellison, who is running for state attorney general and has denied the allegation, and says Monahan feared retribution if she identified him publicly.