“Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus at a closed-door meeting Tuesday night, according to a statement. House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said in a joint statement that it would be “best for Rep. Thompson, his family, and the institution for him to resign.””Read more
“Some Minnesotans say they have been bullied, retaliated against, and even demoted for speaking out against critical race theory in their places of work and education. And now they are taking matters into their own hands, they said at a press conference earlier this week at the Minnesota Capitol, where three new lawsuits were announced.”Read more
“A Minnesota state senator wants Secretary of State Steve Simon to explain how — or if — his office verified Rep. John Thompson’s residency when he filed for candidacy last year. “Minnesotans have a right to know what the Secretary of State did to determine Rep. Thompson was eligible to seek office in House District 67A,” Republican Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer said in a statement.”Read more
“After more than 450 long days, Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency will come to an end Thursday. The House and Senate voted early Wednesday morning to strip the governor of his emergency powers as part of a larger budget bill. The amendment to end the emergency received unanimous approval in the DFL-controlled House.”Read more
“A Minneapolis City Council candidate encouraged those who “feel like burning shit down” to target the city’s wealthiest residents instead of causing further damage to poor communities. “Just a personal thought — just in case y’all feel like burning shit down, the poor community is not your oppressors. FYI — lake of the isles has more then [sic] needed and won’t be missed,” Rita Ortega wrote on her personal Facebook page, which is under her full name of Margarita, according to screenshots shared widely on social media Friday.”Read more
“One of Jensen’s former Democratic colleagues, Sen. Matt Klein, called TikTok’s ban a "necessary public safety measure to restrain my former friend."”Read more
“In a rare move, a federal judge allowed claims brought against Gov. Tim Walz by two religious organizations to move forward late last month. Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, both named as defendants in the lawsuit, frequently boast about winning every case brought against the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions, which limited the number of people who could attend religious services.” Thanks, Alpha News.Read more
“Minneapolis has canceled its plan to pay social media influencers $2,000 apiece to share city-approved information during the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial, officials said Monday. The Minneapolis City Council approved a proposal Friday to spend $1.1 million on “engagement services related to the upcoming trials in the killing of George Floyd.” According to WCCO, $12,000 was going to be spent on six social media influencers who would “share public information with cultural communities” and “help dispel potential misinformation.””
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“A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates filed a last-minute lawsuit Monday night to block the State Canvassing Board from certifying the results of the Nov. 3 election.”
The lawsuit, filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court against Secretary of State Steve Simon, claims “Minnesota Democrats have used COVID-19 as a tool to alter long-standing election law and procedure, after the Republican controlled Senate refused to consent to the changes.”Read more
"A district court judge rejected Minneapolis’ request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by eight residents who believe the city has failed to adequately staff its police department."
"In a Friday ruling, Hennepin County District Court Judge Jamie Anderson said the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey “have no authority to divert funds from the Minneapolis Police Department if they have not met their public duty to fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident,” as mandated by the City Charter."
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