Tag Archives: Minnesota

Former MN Gov. Jesse Ventura Floats 2020 WH Bid

Minneapolis’s CBS News affiliate reports: Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura hinted in an interview over the weekend on a possible run for president in 2020. Speaking Saturday on “The Issue Is,” the 68-year-old author and TV show host said that if he were to join the race for the White House, he’d wait until the pool of candidates narrowed. “I …

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MINNESOTA: Appeals Court Rules Hate Group Can Sue To Overturn State LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections

Courthouse News reports: The Eighth Circuit paved the way Friday for two Christian videographers to subvert a Minnesota nondiscrimination law that would make them film gay weddings. Carl and Angel Larsen are the husband-and-wife team behind Telescope Media Group. Though they challenged the Minnesota Human Rights Act as unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis dismissed their case after …

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MINNESOTA: Former GOP Rep To Run For Senate With Aid From Trump Team Intent On Flipping State Red

Politico reports: For President Donald Trump, Minnesota is the one that got away in 2016. Now he’s fixated on flipping the state in 2020 — with the help of a provocative ex-radio host whose rantings earned him the nickname “mini-Trump.” Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis is expected to launch his Minnesota Senate bid on Thursday with guidance from two of …

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Trump: I’ll Win Minnesota Due To “Anti-Semite” Omar

Talking Points Memo reports: President Donald Trump issued his daily missive aimed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on Tuesday morning via, of course, Twitter. Trump has sought to cast the progressive congresswomen as anti-American ever since his “go back” tweets were widely condemned as a racist attack on four lawmakers of color. In an …

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Trump Wades Into Small Town’s Pledge Controversy

CBS News Minneapolis reports: The St. Louis Park City Council is revisiting its decision to remove the Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. Five council members voted to drop the pledge last month. Since then, people across the community and country have responded. Public input was not supposed to be part of Monday evening’s session, but as the mayor and …

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Minnesota Repeals Marital Rape Exception Law [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday signed a law that repeals the state’s marital rape exception, which protected rapists against prosecution if they lived and had an ongoing sexual relationship with the victim. Walz, a Democrat, signed the bill in St. Paul, saying that the “reprehensible exception should never have been part of our criminal statutes.” The legislation …

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MINNESOTA: Omar Rallies For Ex-Gay Torture Ban Bill

Minneapolis’ CBS affiliate reports: Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota’s seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College. The Minnesota Democrat called gay conversion therapy “torture” and …

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Gay Couple’s 1971 Marriage Officially Recognized

NBC News reports: In 1971, gay couple Michael McConnell and Jack Baker applied for a marriage license from Blue Earth County, Minnesota. The clerk, not realizing one of the individuals listed on the application was male, issued the license — though stopped short of officially recording it. Nearly five decades later — after a prolonged legal battle to get their …

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MINNESOTA: GOP State Rep Calls For Stomping And Running Over Gun Opponents, Governor Condemns

The Twin Cities Pioneer-Press reports: The two major gun control proposals lawmakers plan to debate this session haven’t even had a hearing yet at the state Capitol and already accusations and condemnations are flying. Gov. Tim Walz released a statement Sunday condemning comments made by Rep. Cal Bahr, R-East Bethel, during a Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus rally at the Capitol …

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LIVE VIDEO: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Unveils 2020 WH Bid

PBS reports: Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. She is citing the need to “heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to …

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MINNESOTA: Lesbian Unseats Anti-LGBT US House Rep

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: A lesbian candidate running for a U.S. House seat in Minnesota has unseated an anti-LGBT lawmaker from the U.S. House, making her poised to become the first openly gay mother in Congress. At a around 8:15 local time, major media outlets declared Angie Craig, a business executive who’s also mother, the winner in …

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MINNESOTA: Keith Ellison Defeats Hate Group Lawyer

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: DFLer Keith Ellison was elected Minnesota attorney general, defeating Republican Doug Wardlow in a bitterly contested race that attracted national attention from both political parties. In a campaign marked by allegations of domestic abuse and an intense spotlight on their pasts, the candidates presented voters with starkly different visions for how they would lead the office …

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MINNESOTA: Anti-LGBT Republican Attorney General Candidate Vows To Fire Every Dem Lawyer If Elected

Minnesota’s Bring Me The News reports: Republican Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow is coming under scrutiny for comments made during a private fundraiser this week. Audio recorded by a DFL staffer obtained by Bring Me The News, which had earlier been sent to MPR, reveals Wardlow promising a mass firing of Democratic attorneys currently working at the AG’s Office under …

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Reporter Fired For Wearing MAGA Hat At Trump Rally

Buzzfeed News reports: A reporter for an NBC affiliate in Minnesota was fired Friday, one day after he was spotted wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering a Trump rally for the local TV station. Jim Bunner, a multimedia journalist with KTTC, was covering the political rally Thursday in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was spotted outside the Mayo …

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Minnesota Debuts Non-Binary Driver’s Licenses

The Twin Cities Pioneer-Press reports: For the first time, Minnesotans have the option to choose a gender other than male or female on their driver’s license. Along with “M” for male and “F” for female, there will be “X” for non-binary when choosing a gender on a license application. The new option to identify as non-binary, a term used by …

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Trump Mocks “Elite” Opponents: I’m Richer, Smarter, Have A Better Apartment, And I’m President [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump has questioned why his opponents are often referred to as “the elite,” saying he is richer than they are and has a nicer apartment. Speaking at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, the president took a break from espousing his “tough” immigration policies to outline his power and wealth in comparison to “the elite.” “Do you …

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MINNESOTA: “Bankrupt” Catholic Archdiocese Agrees To $210 Million Settlement With 450 Sexual Abuse Victims

The Associated Press reports: The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, an attorney said Thursday, making it the second-largest U.S. payout in the priest abuse scandal. Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson said the settlement was reached with the survivors …

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MINNESOTA: Richard Painter Unveils US Senate Bid

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: A former Republican White House lawyer and prominent critic of President Donald Trump is running for former Sen. Al Franken’s seat. And he’s running as a Democrat. Richard Painter filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission late last week to run for the seat after exploring a bid for more than a month. Painter served as …

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MINNESOTA: No Criminal Charges In Death Of Prince

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reports: Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the investigation into the death of musician Prince Rogers Nelson without issuing any criminal charges. Metz said county, state and federal investigators undertook an “extensive, painstaking and thorough” investigation but were unable to determine who provided Prince the fentanyl painkillers, disguised as counterfeit Percocet tablets, …

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Richard Painter May Run For Al Franken’s Senate Seat

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor and prolific TV and Twitter critic of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he is forming an exploratory committee that could lead to a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken and now occupied by Democrat Tina Smith. Painter said at a State Capitol news …

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