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Thousands registered to vote since launch of Minnesota’s automatic voter registration system
A law passed last year paved the way for an automatic voter registration system that will register eligible Minnesotans to vote when they renew a state-issued ID.
At the Minnesota Capitol, some moderates hang it up as more partisan candidates emerge
Across the country, state legislatures are becoming more politically polarized. That’s led some moderate Minnesota lawmakers to step down.
Gov. Walz responds to audit critical of administration’s handling of Feeding Our Future fraud
A report from the legislative auditor said “actions and inactions” by the Department of Education opened the door for fraud in taxpayer-funded child nutrition programs.
Tobacco-like warning label for social media sought by U.S. surgeon general who asks Congress to act
The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes.
Uber and Lyft are fighting minimum wage laws. But in this state, the drivers won
Internal emails, interviews and in-app messages show Uber and Lyft deployed a powerful lobbying playbook to stop minimum wage laws in Minnesota. But drivers had a playbook of their own.
A retired federal judge says Judge Cannon appears to show 'favoritism' toward Trump
Some of Judge Aileen Cannon’s decisions in Trump's Florida classified documents case have baffled one former judge, who gives her assessment of the case so far.
Minnesota corrections officials investigate inmate death, possibly drug-related
The Minnesota Department of Corrections is investigating a potential drug-related death at the Stillwater prison, after a 22-year-old incarcerated man died. Both in Minnesota and nationwide, prison systems are working to stem the flow of synthetic drugs, which often slip into facilities undetected through the mail.
Biden says the next president may get to name two Supreme Court justices
Former President Donald Trump cemented the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. If Trump wins again, Biden said "one of the scariest parts" would be his power to fill upcoming vacancies.
Health commissioner: State office dedicated to African American health ‘beacon of hope’
The Office of African American Health, established during last year’s legislative session, focuses on identifying and addressing the health disparities faced by African American communities in the state.
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe general elections have concluded, new chairperson to lead Fond du Lac Band
Several band’s incumbent candidates were reelected, while the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will have a change in leadership come July with a newly elected chairperson.
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