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ST. PAUL — Keith Ellison's ex-wife never accused him of abusing her — though he accused her of physically abusing him. Those are among the takeaways from the unsealing of the former couple's divorce court records Wednesday, Oct. 17. The release was hotly anticipated by journalists and partisans closely following the Democratic congressman's bid to be elected Minnesota's attorney general and his tight race with Republican Doug Wardlow.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend has posted what appears to be a medical record showing that she told her doctor in 2017 that Ellison has physically abused her. In several tweets early this week, Karen Monahan posted a picture of what appears to be a computer printout of notes from a Park Nicollet Health Services doctor treating her. The report names Ellison, who is running for state attorney general and has denied the allegation, and says Monahan feared retribution if she identified him publicly.
ST. PAUL—A Minnesota government watchdog agency is running four separate probes related to the state's troubled computer system for vehicle titles and registration. The system, known as MNLARS, has been beset by problems since it was launched nearly a year ago.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lately is all about an "emergency" funding plan for public schools running deficits. He's on a bully-pulpit kick, urging Republican lawmakers to change course late in the legislative session and spend $138 million to shore up school budgets to reduce the likelihood of teacher layoffs or larger class sizes. He wants the GOP-controlled Legislature to authorize the money instead of planned tax breaks. So far, he's getting nowhere. But he's not stopping.
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 — Al Franken, what's next for you? "It's a good question, and one I'm not quite ready to answer yet." That's how the former U.S. Senator answers the question in a letter to supporters that arrived in inboxes Friday morning.
ST. PAUL — State Rep. Erin Maye Quade left Wednesday's sexual harassment training for the Minnesota House of Representatives in tears. The Apple Valley lawmaker — a central figure in the #MeToo movement's presence in the Minnesota Capitol — needed a few minutes to compose herself before speaking with a reporter.
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.