Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota officials have come up with a plan to continue trying to fix and upgrade the state's beleaguered computer system for vehicle license plates and tabs. They're hoping to tap into funds slated for enhancements to a new computer system for Real ID driver's licenses, which are being rolled out next month.
ST. PAUL — Keith Ellison, Keith Ellison, Keith Ellison. It's all about Keith Ellison, at least according a Republican narrative as part of the first wave of what promises to be a tide of political attack ads coming to Minnesota's 2018 election season. Even in races where Ellison isn't running, from the U.S. Senate high on the ballot down to state House races, he's under attack.
ST. PAUL — The day after U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend went on TV to stand by her allegations that he physically abused her once, Ellison faced the full media for the first time. Again he denied the allegations, and then went door-knocking, vowing to press forward with his general election bid for attorney general. "All I can say is, I did not do this thing she's accusing me of," said Ellison, who handily won the Democratic primary Tuesday, Aug. 14, after allegations surfaced over the weekend from Karen Monahan.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday, Aug. 12, denied abuse allegations involving an ex-girlfriend made by her and her son publicly on social media and shared widely. Ellison, a Minneapolis Democrat running in a busy primary Tuesday for state attorney general, responded to the allegations by Karen Monahan and her son, Austin Monahan, after several of Ellison's primary opponents publicly demanded he respond. Ellison responded early Sunday afternoon, denying he ever abused her.
ST. PAUL — Will Minnesota Democrats choose a St. Paul liberal, a Mankato moderate or the state's longtime attorney general as their hope for the state's next governor? Do Republicans get behind a former governor making another go of it, or someone "new" (who's run before)? Will Minnesota stand poised to send the first Muslim woman to Congress? And is there really a "blue wave" of anti-Trumpism washing over Minnesota, or is the state making a redward shift from blue to purple and beyond?
ST. PAUL -- Wanna see some differences between how Republican and Democratic politicians talk about cop shootings? Read on. Below are statements, or lack thereof, from a number of elected officials and candidates for elected office, following the release of police body-cam footage leading up to Minneapolis police officers fatally shooting Thurman Blevins June 23.
ST. PAUL—Rape isn't being taken seriously enough in Minnesota. That assertion by some rape survivors and advocates came Monday in the wake of a media report that found systemic problems in the way sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted in Minnesota. The report by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune prompted a leading Republican lawmaker to pledge hearings at the Capitol and at least one DFL candidate for governor to issue a call for a task force.
ST. PAUL—The St. Paul Pioneer Press got an exclusive look inside one of Minnesota's most secure buildings housing our most sensitive data. The "Tier 3 Data Center" contains a warehouse full of servers with stuff like Social Security numbers, bank routing numbers, credit card numbers, tax forms, driver's license data, addresses and phone numbers for untold numbers of residents, employees and others doing business with the state. So is it a concrete bunker? Armed guards? Military-style?
ST. PAUL—Minnesota is inching forward on a yearslong major project to beef up security for everyone with a driver's license, tax form or Social Security number stored on a state computer. So pretty much all of us. The state needs $10.6 million — and has for several years — to get it done. It's gotten $0 from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor Lori Swanson is standing by her running mate, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, amid calls for her to dump him after revelations of sexual harassment in Nolan's office surfaced. "Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace or society," Swanson said in a statement emailed to the media Friday, July 20.