Gun safety skeptics weren’t entirely right

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A year has passed. A year ago, we were focused on demonstrations and rallies supporting gun control safety legislation following the killing of 17 people at a Florida high school. Skeptics doubted the public support would result in laws such as universal background checks, bans on assault-style weapons or high capacity magazines. These measures are widely supported, for example, more

Voters asked for results instead of deadlock; will legislators deliver this time?

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There’s a new look at the Capitol. Tim Walz replaced fellow Democrat Mark Dayton in the governor’s office, while Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. Thirty-nine new members, including 35 DFLers, entered the 134-member House. Over in the Senate, Republicans hold a 35-32 advantage. In addition to how to spend the state’s money and balance the budget, the

During extreme cold, more chilling news for Minnesotans

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In the midst of the coldest weather in 25 years, Minnesotans heard more chilling news on Jan. 29 from the country’s top spies. Buried in the national intelligence chiefs’ 42-page assessments of worldwide threats were several paragraphs that demand urgent attention. The report says Russia and China have the ability to cripple gas and electric supplies now. Utilities and government

Agreement on voting measure could give both parties an early win

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When the Minnesota Legislature convened this week, legislators focused on how state government will deal with a $1.5-billion budget surplus. Democrats will demand increased funding for programs such as education and health care and Republicans will urge a tax cut. A Democrat sits in the governor’s office and Democrats control the House, but the Republicans hold a one-seat majority in

Protect Minnesota voters’ secret ballot

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The secret ballot may not be so secret if Minnesota’s presidential preference primary goes ahead as planned. The presidential primary law requires separate ballots for each political party, requires that all voters disclose to election officials the party ballot they choose and makes that data public record. The primary will take place on the first Tuesday in March 2020. The