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Top analyst: Special election win in 1st Congressional District likely gives Finstad advantage in November

By |2022-08-11T05:48:18-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Republican Brad Finstad defeated Democrat Jeff Ettinger in a special election in Minnesota's First Congressional District and will serve out the remaining months in the term of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn.  Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Finstad probably has an advantage going into the November election against Ettinger: "It was a district of course that was already leaning Republican.  The redistricting, of which the November election will now kick in for, is even a little bit more Republican that the one for the special election." Schultz says it's questionable whether Finstad will gain much of an "incumbency" advantage [...]

MN Sec of State: Primary voting turnout “good” this year

By |2022-08-11T05:46:48-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned out and voted in Tuesday's primary election. Which isn't too bad, says Secretary of State Steve Simon... "So much of the turnout is focused year after year after year on whether or not and to what extent there are contests that are close contests that are interesting that are getting a lot of attention when there are a lot of those turnout tends to be high when they're not so many turnout tends to be low." Simon says 18-percent may seem like a low number, but typically but primary voter turnout is "much, much [...]

Finstad Reacts to Winning Primary, Special Election

By |2022-08-10T06:49:06-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Republican Brad Finstad soundly defeated (by a three-to-one margin) G-O-P challenger Jeremy Munson in Tuesday's primary election for U-S House in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District -- meaning he'll be on the ballot this fall against Democrat Jeff Ettinger.  And Finstad also is the apparent winner against Ettinger in a special election and will serve the rest of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn's term.  He says it gives him momentum for the November election... "It's I think a sign or a signal that... common-sense southern Minnesota conservative values that I've displayed my entire life and career are what voters are asking [...]

MN Attorney General Race Set

By |2022-08-10T06:46:46-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Republican-endorsed candidate Jim Schultz will be on the ballot this fall against Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison, after beating G-O-P challenger Doug Wardlow by more than 15 points in Tuesday's primary election.  Schultz says people responded to his message: "Minnesotans deserve a safer state -- a state in which they can live and raise their families in safety, where they can go to our major cities and be confident they'll be safe, where they can live in our major cities and be confident that they'll be safe -- and we haven't had that for the past few years." Wardlow highlighted differences [...]

Pandemic fatigues impacting mental health

By |2022-08-10T06:39:40-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Though cases of COVID are down, relatively speaking, the cumulative psychological impact of two-and-a-half years of dealing with the pandemic is taking a toll. So says Dr. Kaz Nelson with the University of Minnesota... "There's tremendous fatigue from people taking steps to mitigate and manage living in a pandemic and a very strong urge to adopt the previous patterns and behaviors that we had prior to when the pandemic took place." Dr. Nelson says it's important for our health--both physical and mental--that we continue to follow the advice of public health officials and infectious disease experts when it comes to being [...]

Save those back to school receipts

By |2022-08-09T05:14:25-05:00August 9th, 2022|

As back-to-school purchases head into high gear, the state Revenue Department is reminding you to save those shopping receipts. Spokesman Ryan Brown says there are two valuable K-12 tax benefits: "K-12 educational credit does have income limitations but subtraction does not and most parents will qualify for that subtraction if they don't qualify for the credit." Brown says last year, more than 19,000 families received the K-12 Education Credit and saved an average of $261. Nearly 130,000 families received the K-12 Education Subtraction with an average subtraction of $1,207.

Sen Klobuchar touts bipartisan burn pit relief bill

By |2022-08-08T06:53:05-05:00August 8th, 2022|

A bill that just passed in the Senate would provide comprehensive relief to all generations of toxic-exposed veterans for the first time in U-S history. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says it's been a bipartisan effort to get the bill passed and... "We've done some really good things in here to make sure that they get treated for conditions related to toxic exposures and before this that was not the case." Klobuchar says with the bill "we're telling our nation's heroes that they are not going to be our generations Agent Orange...we're not going to wait that long."

Walz tells State Capitol rally, frustrating that fight for abortion rights still must continue

By |2022-05-05T05:44:50-05:00May 5th, 2022|

Governor Tim Walz this afternoon (Wed) at a "Rally for Democracy" at the State Capitol says many Minnesotans benefited from the fights that happened before us... "It is frustrating that we're fighting for women to make their own choices about their health care." Walz is talking about a leaked draft opinion that suggests the U-S Supreme Court could overturn the 1973 Roe -v- Wade decision legalizing abortion.

MN House Democrats pass tax cut bill, Republicans say doesn’t go far enough

By |2022-05-05T05:43:55-05:00May 5th, 2022|

The largest property tax cut for homeowners and renters in over 20 years... child care tax credits...  and no state income tax on Social Security benefits for those making under 75 thousand dollars -- among highlights of Democrats' tax cut bill the Minnesota House passed today (Wed, on a vote of 69-to-62).  Dilworth Representative Paul Marquart: "It looks at our families, it looks at our seniors and say(s), how can we be of the most help with this tax bill." Republicans say Democrats could lower state income taxes permanently for Minnesotans, except... ..."spend is what you do -- spend, spend, spend [...]

MN Senate threatening to withhold some funding from U-of-M due to athletics program cuts

By |2022-05-05T05:41:06-05:00May 5th, 2022|

The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate is threatening to *not* give the University of Minnesota any funding from a supplemental higher education bill, unless the Board of Regents establishes a special commission to address students' and parents' concerns about some athletics programs being cut at the "U."  Republican Senator Jason Rarick from Pine City: "I didn't want to tie up funding to the University of Minnesota to this....  I wanted them to respond to what the people of Minnesota are asking them to do.  They failed!" Saint Cloud Democrat Aric Putnam says he also wants a special commission, but withholding funding from the [...]

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