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ST. PAUL — Tim Walz, the Democrat with the "F" grade from the NRA, wants to ban bump stocks, expand background checks and give courts the authority to temporarily take away someone's guns if the person is deemed a threat, as well as ban "military-style assault rifles" in Minnesota. Jeff Johnson, the Republican with the NRA's "A" grade and endorsement, wants none of that. He opposes any tightening of gun laws.Guess which one of the two candidates for Minnesota governor owns more guns.
The Minneapolis Police Department will not investigate the allegation of domestic abuse against U.S. Rep Keith Ellison but is talking to other agencies that might. “Due to a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Minneapolis Police Department will not be handling the matter involving Congressman Keith Ellison,” the department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “The Minneapolis Police Department is in communication with other law enforcement agencies who we may refer this case to.”
St. PAUL—Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach, an influential St. Cloud Republican in his eighth term, has ended his re-election campaign in connection to allegations his daughter made that he inappropriately touched her over a period of time. Knoblach, who is not resigning his actual House seat, denied the allegations in a statement Friday, calling them "extremely hurtful and untrue." He has not been charged with any crime, and authorities appear to have declined to file charges.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend has posted what appears to be a medical record showing that she told her doctor in 2017 that Ellison has physically abused her. In several tweets early this week, Karen Monahan posted a picture of what appears to be a computer printout of notes from a Park Nicollet Health Services doctor treating her. The report names Ellison, who is running for state attorney general and has denied the allegation, and says Monahan feared retribution if she identified him publicly.
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.