Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump said on Monday, Oct. 29, he believes not all people born in America should be citizens, as guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. With Election Day looming, one Minnesota governor candidate was quick to share his opinion.
ST. PAUL — Keith Ellison's ex-wife never accused him of abusing her — though he accused her of physically abusing him. Those are among the takeaways from the unsealing of the former couple's divorce court records Wednesday, Oct. 17. The release was hotly anticipated by journalists and partisans closely following the Democratic congressman's bid to be elected Minnesota's attorney general and his tight race with Republican Doug Wardlow.
ST. CLOUD - 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 have declined to file charges.
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—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—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.