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Klobuchar, Smith lead in new poll

Plus: new Jason Lewis comments on women; St. Thomas administrators investigating racist message left on student door; a look at the Hiawatha encampment; and more.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar
There’s a new Star Tribune/MPR poll of Minnesota races. MPR’s Mike Mulcahy has the takeaways in his morning roundup: “New poll shows Klobuchar with big lead, Smith with smaller lead. Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are leading their Republican challengers in the race for the U.S. Senate, but Smith is in a much tighter contest. … The poll also shows the governor’s race tightening but Tim Walz still in the lead.”

In case you missed it Friday, new Jason Lewis comments about women surfaced. CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Jamie Ehrlich report: “Republican Rep. Jason Lewis once mocked women who were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances, including those inappropriately kissed or who had their thighs touched, a CNN KFile review of his former radio show reveals.”

Ugh. WCCO reports: “Administrators at the University of St. Thomas say an investigation is under way after a racist message was left on a student’s door. … University officials say the message was reported to them Friday after it was left on a student’s door in Brady Hall, a men’s dormitory on the school’s St. Paul campus. … The message read: “N—– go back.” ”

The Guardian goes in-depth on the encampment along Hiawatha Ave. Jenni Monet writes: “Inside an encampment near downtown Minneapolis is a handpainted sign made from a square of cardboard: ‘Just tents to you. A community to us!’ …Residents call the camp ‘The Wall of Forgotten Natives’ – what started out last spring as a few campers with sleeping bags has gradually grown to a tent city, three rows deep, on a quarter-mile-long grassy knoll beneath a soundwall in the heart of the city’s Native American community.”

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