Latest Minnesota state government News

Dennis Smith drops out of Minnesota attorney general race

May. 18, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Attorney General candidate Dennis Smith has dropped his plan to run in the August primary. Smith, a former legislator, tweeted his decision to drop out Tuesday night, several hours after Doug Wardlow announced that he'll run in the primary after...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 18, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 14, 2022. Editorial: Trusted leader joins anti-crime effort Andy Luger has returned as U.S. attorney for Minnesota — with a critical new focus. Andy Luger is back as Minnesota’s U.S. attorney, and not a moment too...

Wardlow running in primary after losing GOP backing for AG

May. 17, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow announced Tuesday that he'll run in the August primary after losing the Republican endorsement to business attorney Jim Schultz at the party's convention last weekend. Wardlow, who was the party’s nominee in 2018, is...

Hepola names school administrator Uselman as running mate

May. 17, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former broadcaster Cory Hepola, who's running for governor with the upstart Forward Party of Minnesota, named school administrator Tamara Uselman as his running mate Tuesday. Uselman, who lives in Pelican Rapids, is director of equity and inclusion for Fargo...

Walz, top lawmakers, reach bipartisan deal to wrap session

May. 16, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders said Monday that they reached a bipartisan deal on a broad framework for parceling out a massive budget surplus with just a week remaining in the session. The agreement would devote $4 billion to tax relief,...

Dr. Scott Jensen wins GOP endorsement for Minnesota governor

May. 14, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Dr. Scott Jensen, a skeptic of the government's response to COVID-19, won the Minnesota GOP's endorsement after a wild ride on Saturday to challenge Democratic Gov. Tim Walz in the November election, going over the top on the ninth ballot with 65% of the vote. ...

Minnesota GOP seeks victory as convention opens in Rochester

May. 13, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — All eyes were on the governor's race as Minnesota Republicans convened Friday to endorse a candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Tim Walz in the November election. Dr. Scott Jensen, a vaccine skeptic and former state senator; former Senate...

Agency error means richest Minnesotans owe more in taxes

May. 13, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — About 45,000 of the richest residents in Minnesota owe the state about $38 million because of a mistake by the state Department of Revenue. Authorities said the Legislature changed the standard income tax deduction during the 2019 session but it wasn't...

Minnesota Senate Democrats try to force abortion debate

May. 12, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate Democratic minority tried unsuccessfully to force consideration Thursday of nine abortion and health-related bills that the Republican majority has kept bottled up in committee, saying it was critical to take a stand even though they lacked the votes to...

Minnesota lawmakers remain at odds over sports betting bill

May. 12, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers remain at odds over sports betting legalization as the House prepared to take up a proposal despite a lack of support in the Senate. The House bill, authored by Democratic Rep. Zack Stephenson, of Coon Rapids, would put Minnesota's Native...