Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem across the country and here in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement officers say websites that advertise escort services are one of the biggest sources for trafficking.
This legislative session has stalled out with battles over a proposed $90 million Senate office building and a proposed minimum wage increase. But the battle is not between Republicans and Democrats – it’s the Democrats who are fighting amongst themselves. With Democrats controlling the Minnesota House and Senate as well as the governor’s office, it’s the Democrats who are battling with each other over key issues.
A week from Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance under Obamacare. Despite early problems, the state of Minnesota’s health exchange, MNsure, says it is seeing a huge surge of people signing up.
Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.
Last week the Minnesota legislature took the first step to possibly legalizing medical marijuana. A medical marijuana bill passed a key House committee.
Minnesota lawmakers have the kind of problem on their hands that, at first glance, would appear to be a good thing. Friday the state announced a surprising $1.23 billion surplus. But the debate about what to do with the surplus is so intense its even pitting members of the same party against each other.
A ruling late last week says the legislature needs to act to fix a draconian system that Minnesota uses to lock up more than 700 sexually dangerous offenders.
A major issue in this year’s governor’s race is the state health care exchange MNsure, and how it’s performing. Esme Murphy has the Talking Points.
The investigation into the Target data breach is focusing on a Pennsylvania refrigeration company that had a contract with Target and billed the retailer electronically.
New developments have been revealed about the Target data breach. The cyber intelligence company, Intelcrawler, says a 17-year-old from Russia, may be the author of the malware that is being blamed for the compromising of more than 100 million credit card accounts used at Target.
Anyone with kids is well aware that there is no school for all public K-12 schools across the state on Monday. Most Twin Cities private and religious schools we checked will also be closed.
The Minneapolis City elections were notable for how long it took to get results and the generational shift in those who were elected.
The government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.
The government shutdown may have ended but there is already concern that another shutdown could happen in just a few months. Congress now faces deadline starting in January to achieve budget and debt ceiling deals.
The government shutdown is headed into its second week, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is hopeful that a compromise backed by 22 moderate House Republicans to fund the government for six weeks so a deal can be reached could lead to a breakthrough.
With 35 candidates, the Mayor’s race in Minneapolis is so crowded that candidates have complained about not being invited to candidate forums and being ignored by the news media.
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night in an effort to get the American people to rally behind a military strike against Syria
The Vikings stadium is in trouble. Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered an investigation into the Wilf family’s finances in the aftermath of a New Jersey judge’s ruling that the Wilf family committed civil fraud.
The Metropolitan Sport Facilities Authority was supposed to vote later this week on some of the final agreements for the Vikings stadium deal. But those votes have been postponed after Gov. Mark Dayton called for a review of the nearly $1 billion stadium plan.
You may think it is a little early to start talking about the 2014 elections but this weekend there was a major development in the Minnesota Senate race.
The biggest and most surprising political story of the week is that former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby is considering running for Congress against Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.
In the coming weeks and months you will hear more about one of the most unusual elections in Minnesota history — the November 2013 Minneapolis mayor’s race. It’s going to be different because the person who comes in first may not be the winner in the end.
In the coming months, 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to sign up to get health coverage through MNsure.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a key amendment to an Immigration reform bill Monday. It would create a “pathway to citizenship” for 11 million people who came here illegally.
Saturday’s DFL Convention in Minneapolis failed to nominate a candidate for mayor. That means that all six DFL candidates are expected to run in the November election.