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Minnesota’s 2024 presidential primary is scheduled to take place on March 5, but that could change after a key body of the Democratic National Committee meets in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday. A decision could come as early as this summer, but Minnesota Republicans would have to agree to a change.
At one point, the DFL party had announced candidates for the 7th District seat, but those individuals are no longer eligible to run in the district after the redrawing of Congressional districts in Minnesota.
A set of Republican-introduced bills would establish carjacking as a specific criminal offense, increase sentences for repeat offenders and require electronic home monitoring for people released from custody without bail.
A Tuesday hearing for a bill aimed at attracting new officers to relieve shortages was canceled after apparent disagreement among DFL lawmakers.

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Minnesota Senate Republicans opposed to the bill said it increases taxes on employers for benefits they may already offer or that workers might not need.
While police reform activists testifying Friday, Feb. 4, at the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee expressed overall support for the DFL’s public safety bill, they told representatives that a week is too long of a wait for grieving families.
The DFL last week announced its central committee unanimously moved to expand precinct caucus participation to ineligible voters. Minnesota law prohibits felons serving probation and noncitizens from voting, but a state appeals court ruled on Jan. 3 that the statute can not be enforced for caucuses, which are organized by the parties and not the state.
The governor said the prohibition of marijuana hasn't worked for Minnesota, and the state should instead seek to harness its economic benefits and allow law enforcement to focus on violent crime. Walz's proposal to legalize marijuana recommends funding for a new Cannabis Management Office, grants for business owners, and education programs. It also calls for a tax on marijuana and expungement of nonviolent offenses involving marijuana.
Extending participation in the party to people typically excluded from the political process is the culmination of a six-year effort according to DFL Chairman Ken Martin, who said he first started pushing for the change in 2016.

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