The Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board says in some circumstances, groups funded by private donations that take sides on ballot measures -- like next year's marriage amendment -- will have to report the exact source of those donations with the state.
Comedian claims hotel bed bugs ruined his Twin Cities visit
The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Minneapolis states otherwise.
Kris Lindahl suing realtor, accusing him of copying arms out pose
The real estate agent is accused of breach of contract and copyright infringement.
Pair wanted for questioning for assault, property crimes in Hugo
Surveillance footage was released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
15,000 Minnesota nurses 'overwhelmingly' authorize strike
Overworked and underpaid, the Minnesota Nurses Association is ready to strike.
Minnesota to offer free school meals to 90,000 extra students
Gov. Tim Walz, who is facing re-election in November, announced the measure on Monday.
Minneapolis man dies from injuries days after motorcycle pileup
The 69-year-old died after four days at Regions Hospital.
Police: 15-year-old missing from home north of Twin Cities
Authorities say he may be headed to the metro.
5,760 cases of Capri-Sun recalled as they might contain cleaning fluid
"The taste of fun" isn't that fun currently...
25-year-old Hopkins man drowns after falling off boat
The man reportedly fell from the boat while fishing with friends.
New report details hate crimes in Minnesota last year
Hate crimes in Minnesota rose in 2021.
More questions could be headed to Minnesota's 2012 ballot
The marriage amendment may not be the only proposed Constitutional amendment put to the state's voters this year. Republican lawmakers are considering ballot questions on other issues. Those include needing an ID to vote, needing a supermajority to pass a tax increase, and making union membership voluntary.
State accepts 70,000 absentee ballots, mail-in voters face risk
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Thursday that about half of absentee ballots issued have been returned and accepted. More than 140,000 voters requested absentee ballots and 70,899 were returned and accepted. Election official Joe Mansky says there is a greater chance that a voter's ballot won't be counted when voting absentee because it's easier to make mistakes.
Ballot measure title fights come to Minnesota high court
Two sides in the fight over how to word the titles of two controversial ballot measures – on gay marriage and photo IDs at polling places – will clash in the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Ritchie changes title of the marriage amendment ballot question
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has submitted the title “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples" to Attorney General Lori Swanson for final approval, the Associated Press reports. Supporters of the constitutional amendment want it titled, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman."
Top donor to Minnesota GOP stops giving
Bob Cummins, who has donated more than $3.5 million to Minnesota Republican causes, is telling allies he has had it with Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature and will not give their campaigns any cash this year, according to multiple sources, the Star Tribune reports. Cummins, CEO of Plymouth-based Primera Technology, is reportedly frustrated over legislators' failure to approve a "right-to-work" constitutional amendment that would limit union power.
Blank ballots could seal fate of marriage amendment
After so many fierce debates, months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent, the marriage amendment could be decided by people who leave the question blank on their ballots, MPR reports. A blank ballot counts as a "no" vote on the question of whether a marriage should be defined in the state constitution as between a man and woman. To be approved, the measure needs 50 percent of voters to vote "yes."
Voter ID ballot question prompts more questions from justices
The Minnesota Supreme Court had plenty of questions for lawyers arguing the merits and shortcomings of the voter ID ballot question. Groups including the League of Women Voters say the question that will appear before voters does not accurately characterize the changes the amendment would make to the Constitution. Lawyers for the Legislature say it's up to lawmakers - not the courts - to write ballot questions.
Ritchie also reworks ballot title of voter photo ID amendment
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is changing the title of the constitutional amendment to “Changes to in-person & absentee voting & voter registration; provisional ballots." Sponsors of the measure, seeking to require voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot, want the question titled "Photo Identification Required for Voting." Ritchie is being sued for changing the title on the marriage amendment question.
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