Wisconsin Democrats Urge Action Ahead Of Abortion RulingAbortion rights were already expected to be a major dividing line issue in races for governor and U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. But if Roe is overturned, it could serve to energize Democrats hoping to defeat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and reelect Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
Democrats And Republicans Weigh Dueling Tax Plans; ‘Walz Checks’ Left OutNotably missing from both bills is the pitch from Gov. Tim Walz to issue so-called "Walz checks" of $500 per individual and $1,000 for married couples.
'Different Philosophical Approaches': GOP, DFL At Minn. Capitol Diverge On Public Safety PlansA key Senate Republican legislature said he disagreed with a core piece of a DFL crime-fighting proposal that giving state funds to community groups, an example of how deeply divided the two parties are in their approach to public safety and a signal of the long road ahead to reach a compromise.
Minnesota House Democrats Beef Up Plan To Fight Rising CrimeThe extra money, on top of the Democrats' original $100 million proposal, would go mostly toward grants to the 20 cities and 20 counties with the highest crime rates, or fastest-growing rates.
Number Of Names Hoping To Unseat Walz As Minnesota Governor In Double DigitsAmong the many names in the ring from the Republican Party are well-known Minnesota Sens. Paul Gazelka and Michelle Benson, former Sen. Scott Jensen, businessman Kendall Qualls, and former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
Wis. Gov. Evers Gives 4th State Of State As Reelection Race LoomsEvers rarely meets with GOP leaders and Republicans are advancing a conservative agenda that they know Evers will veto but that will give them fodder to use on the campaign trail. In areas where the governor and lawmakers have come together, such as the two state budgets Evers signed into law, they have squabbled over who can take credit.
Bipartisan Wisconsin Business Coalition Backs Elections HeadRepublican pressure on state and local elections officials increased exponentially after Donald Trump refused to concede his defeat to President Joe Biden in Wisconsin. Biden won by nearly 21,000 votes, an outcome that has withstood recounts, investigations and lawsuits. There is no evidence of widespread fraud, as Trump and others have falsely claimed.
Walz Announces Proposed $2.7 Billion Infrastructure And Bonding BillThe governor is asking for $120 million for bridge repairs, $260 million for infrastructure at state colleges and universities, $450 million for affordable housing, and $940 million for climate change projects.
Wisconsin Gov. Evers' Pitch For Reelection: Democracy Is At RiskWisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is known for his folksy demeanor, sprinkling his speeches with “by gollys” and the occasional PG-rated swear word. To win reelection, the 70-year-old grandfather and former teacher is trying to convince voters that he’s also a valiant defender of democracy and the lone figure ensuring their votes will still matter in 2024 and beyond.
Minnesota Lawmakers Reach Deal On Public Safety, Including Some Police Accountability MeasuresRepublican and DFL leaders at the state capitol say they have reached a bipartisan agreement on a public safety spending package that includes more police accountability measures.
Minneapolis DFL Endorses No Candidates In City's Mayoral RaceThe Minneapolis DFL announced that no candidate for mayor got to the 60% threshold necessary to get the DFL endorsement.
Democrats Outspent GOP 2-1 In Failed Bid To Take LegislatureOverall, Democratic candidates and outside groups spent more than $16 million in their unsuccessful attempt to retake control of the Senate from Republicans, who spent just $7.7 million defending their one-vote majority.
'Nothing Less Than An Attack On Our Republic': Rep. Ilhan Omar Decries Objections During Congress Vote CountThe ballots are still being counted in Georgia, but a number of outlets are projecting Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be defeated by her Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock.
Sen. Klobuchar, Top Dem In Panel Overseeing Electoral College Count, Decries 11 Sens. Planning To Reject ResultsSen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the top Democrat on the panel overseeing the Electoral College count, said the Republican effort to create a federal commission “to supersede state certifications" is wrong.
COVID, Surpluses, Reopening Schools: A Preview Of Minnesota's 2021 SessionThe Minnesota Legislature remains split after the 2020 election. When the session starts, the DFL-led House will meet entirely online because of the pandemic. The Republican-controlled Senate will try a hybrid approach.