The federal bill had promised at least $100 million for every state. Now, Minnesota officials have an estimate of extra cash the state will get for having a lot of rural areas: $550 million.
There are two Supreme Court seats on the ballot, 10 for the Court of Appeals and 94 for District Court. In only one race — a District Court race in Shakopee — is there more than a single choice for voters.
Walz’s official press conference touting state help for metro law enforcement efforts came a day before alarming state crime stats were released.
In the last month, two Minnesota senators — Republicans Gene Dornink and Torrey Westrom — have had their residency questioned by people who want to remove the lawmakers from the ballot.
Jensen carried more than 87 percent of the vote on the GOP side of the primary and Walz had 97 percent. While the separate primaries are hard to compare, more state voters chose DFL ballots than GOP ballots by nearly 110,000.
The anti-establishment wing scored victories in places like Little Falls, Stillwater, Northfield and Red Wing.
“We cannot afford to subsidize ventures that are not delivering the promised speeds or are not likely to meet program requirements,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a news release.
Schultz, a private practice and business attorney, topped the 2018 party nominee by winning more than 54 percent of the vote in the GOP side of the primary.
In many legislative races, anti-establishment firebrand Republicans are challenging incumbent lawmakers or more conventional conservatives.
Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said the people investigating Sen. Gene Dornink waited “long periods” between visiting his homes and waited too long before submitting their complaint ahead of the Tuesday primary election.
Farmfest has become the traditional first forum of state governor races, with candidates dressing down and often citing the most-recent relative who worked the land.
State GOP officials are angry Wardlow is spoiling what had been an otherwise successful effort to have convention delegates – not primary voters – determine the party’s general election candidate. Those delegates endorsed Jim Schultz.
Secretary of State Steve Simon also weighed in, saying the petition questioning Dornink’s residency should be “procedurally barred” because it was filed less than two weeks before the primary.
Sports betting needs bipartisan support to pass the Minnesota Legislature. It also needs support from the tribes, which want control over new gambling in the state, and horse tracks.
Primary opponent’s former campaign manager says he suspected Republican state Sen. Gene Dornink wasn’t living in the district and went to investigate, leading to a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The veteran DFL state senator who recently turned independent was tapped to help lead the Legislature’s efforts to finance public construction projects across the state. So far, there’s been no deal.
Walz said troopers have been focused on traffic violations they deem a threat to public safety.
Democrats in recent weeks have raised the possibility of a statewide referendum in 2024 on abortion, saying Republicans are likely to try such a maneuver if they control the Minnesota House and Senate after the fall elections. So far, Republicans have not talked about it.
As the campaigns heat up, we talked to political observers about Walz’s reelection odds, and what could change between now and Election Day.
An expected increase in patients of the medical marijuana program in three weeks when edibles first become available might be blunted by the surprise July 1 legalization of hemp-based edibles in the state.