Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans had high hopes this would be the year they would break the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s grip on the state’s constitutional offices. An open race for attorney general seemed like their best bet. But Democratic candidate Congressman Keith Ellison was poised to disappoint them, according to election results late Tuesday, Nov. 6.
PAUL — Residents of swing political districts are again seeing their mailboxes clogged with political messages trying to influence their votes. The Pioneer Press went through the political mailers sent to one Rosemount, Minn., mailbox this election season for a glimpse at how campaigns are reaching out to voters. Here is what we found:
PAUL — Attorney General Lori Swanson wants drivers to put down their cellphones when they’re behind the wheel. Swanson highlighted a report Friday, Oct. 26, that characterized distracted driving as a deadly epidemic. She noted that each year 50 Minnesotans, and more than 3,000 people across the United States, are killed by distracted drivers.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is getting nearly $18 million over the next two years to address the state's growing opioid crisis. The two-year federal grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the state Department of Human Services, will be used to support treatment, emergency overdose antidotes like naloxone, and the training and recruitment of more medical and mental health staff.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Rosemount educator who suggested on social media that someone should assassinate newly sworn in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has resigned.
ST. PAUL — As many as 300,000 Minnesota seniors have some potentially confusing health insurance shopping to do this fall. Their Medicare Cost plans, offered by private insurers to limit out-of-pocket expenses, will no longer be available after this year and they need to sign up for something else. The change comes after an update in federal law to phase out cost plans because they are more expensive to administer.
ST. PAUL -- Two Twin Cities chiropractors will spend years in prison for separate multi-million dollar insurance fraud schemes. The Minnesota Commerce Department announced Tuesday, Oct. 2, that Adam John Burke, 34, of Minneapolis, received a 90-month prison term and Preston Ellard Forthun, 40, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 60 months.
ST. PAUL — Health insurance rates on Minnesota's individual market will drop for a second straight year in 2019, but the progress toward better affordability could be short-lived. "I think we need a plan," Jessica Looman, state commerce commissioner, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, when she announced premiums would decrease on average between 7 percent and 27.7 percent. "I think we need to look at what we are going to do moving forward."
ST. PAUL — Union workers, business leaders and political activists all do it — pool money to influence votes. In what's shaping up to be the most closely watched election in recent memory, the majority of campaign spending likely won't come from the candidates seeking office or their political parties, but from outside special-interests groups.
WOODBURY, Minn.—Minnesota's leading candidates for governor are split on whether the state needs a new source of revenue to combat the opioid crisis. Speaking at an opioid summit at Woodbury Lutheran Church Friday, Democrat Tim Walz said he backs a surcharge on opioid prescriptions to fund prevention and recovery efforts. Walz said drug companies need to be part of the effort to curb addiction to their products. "There is no one easy fix to this crisis," Walz said. "But there is a public commitment to getting it right."