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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.
ST. PAUL—A Ramsey County judge has ordered Minnesota elections officials to hand over voter-registration records that Secretary of State Steve Simon had argued were private. They're not private; they're public, according to the ruling by Ramsey County District Judge Jennifer Frisch, who sided with the activist group Minnesota Voters Alliance, which had sued Simon's office. Simon said he would appeal.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota government watchdog agency is running four separate probes related to the state's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and registration. The system, known as MNLARS, has been beset by problems since it was launched nearly a year ago.
ST. PAUL — The Republican Party of Minnesota wants to repeal the Legacy Amendment and outlaw gay marriage (again), two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the GOP. The positions are contained in the Republican party's official "standing platform" — a collection of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Duluth.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party opposes all nuclear power and wants to allow felons to vote as long as they're not actually in prison, two of a number of official party positions that might surprise some even within the DFL. The positions are contained in the Democratic party's official "ongoing platform" and "action agenda" — collections of positions on issues ranging from taxes to abortion — that was approved earlier this month at the state convention in Rochester.