Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — It’s 2019. High school teachers shouldn’t be having sex with students, police shouldn’t be able to say the prisoner in handcuffs wanted it, and a man shouldn’t be able to say he’s innocent of rape just because the victim is his wife. Oh, and you shouldn’t be excused from anti-groping laws just because you confined your grab to clothed buttocks. That’s the philosophy of Minnesota lawmakers who are moving ahead with a number of measures that would change what are widely seen as antiquated state laws surrounding sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
ST. PAUL — The salient question of how to balance public safety with the Second Amendment devolved Thursday, April 4, into games of political brinkmanship, with finger-pointing from both parties and arguments about arcane rules of procedure. This was without anyone actually debating the merits or failings of expanded background checks and so-called “red flag laws.” But by the late afternoon, the state’s top Republican had declared them both “dead.” Again.
ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump said on Monday, Oct. 29, he believes not all people born in America should be citizens, as guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. With Election Day looming, one Minnesota governor candidate was quick to share his opinion.
ST. PAUL—U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-wife on Tuesday made a public plea for some of the couple's divorce records to remain out of the public view. Kim Ellison said some of the couple's 2012 divorce file, which is under seal in Hennepin County, contains information about her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and her depression that followed.
ST. PAUL—A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it illegal to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under 21 in Minnesota. The current age is 18. The proposal by a group of House members would also cover nicotine products like e-cigarettes. Why would we change? The harder you make it for people under 21 to buy nicotine, the fewer people will get sick and die, supporters say.
ST. PAUL—The general says she's being hamstrung in her mission. On Tuesday, March 6, Minnesota National Guard Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne — the newly appointed commissioner for the state's IT department, said delays by the Republican-led Legislature are prohibiting her from doing what she was hired to do: fix Minnesota's beleaguered computer system for vehicle registration and titles.
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension so that people can still board domestic airplanes with regular driver's licenses after Oct. 10. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Reps. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, asked Gov. Mark Dayton to seek an extension from the federal government on a fall deadline over compliance with Real ID, a new, higher-security identification regimen.
ST. PAUL — A pair of Republican state lawmakers have effectively derailed — at least for now — plans for so-called "high-speed" passenger train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. All they needed to do was object. "It's in effect like a one-person veto," said Sen. Scott Newman, one of the two lawmakers who put the brakes on a vision that has been in the works since the 1990s and has, over the years, received bipartisan support.
Under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, state Sen. Dan Schoen will resign Wednesday, his attorney said. Since allegations surfaced against Schoen two weeks ago, the St. Paul Park Democrat and Cottage Grove police officer has been under intense pressure to resign.