Minnesota

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]

As Enbridge fights for Line 5, Indigenous activists block Line 3 construction in Minnesota

BY: and - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month ordered Canadian oil company Enbridge’s easement with the state to be revoked, giving Enbridge until May to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. Enbridge responded in full force with a lawsuit against the state. The outcome of that lawsuit, which will likely end up in […]

Pro-Trump lawyer mixes up Michigan, Minnesota in affidavit alleging election fraud

BY: - November 20, 2020

Lin Wood, the pro-President Donald Trump lawyer who filed the lawsuit against Georgia’s Secretary of State, has alleged voter fraud in an affidavit largely based on alleged inconsistencies between Michigan’s population and total vote count. Those “inconsistencies,” however, appear to be a result of the affidavit simply mixing up Michigan and Minnesota. The affidavit filed […]

McDaniel recruited Minnesota Republicans to amplify Trump claims of ballot fraud

BY: - November 6, 2020

Minnesota GOP Chairperson Jennifer Carnahan told party activists on Thursday night that she would help amplify claims of ballot fraud made by President Donald Trump and national Republican leaders, even though they are baseless assertions disputed by election officials of both parties.  Carnahan said that earlier Thursday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, a Michigan […]

Anti-Line 5 activists buoyed by national pipeline victories

BY: - July 7, 2020

Indigenous activists and environmentalists scored two major victories over pipeline companies this week in quick succession. On Sunday, two major energy companies in Virginia and North Carolina announced that permitting delays, economic concerns and legal challenges have caused them to pull the plug on a $8 billion natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would […]

‘No justice, no peace’: Detroit rallies to protest Floyd killing

BY: - May 29, 2020

Updated, 5:40 a.m., 5/30/20 Hundreds of metro Detroit residents rallied on the grounds of the Detroit Police Department headquarters on Friday afternoon to protest the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police.   They enthusiastically chanted, “No justice, no peace” during the two-hour effort. The organized rally, which […]

Effort to stop mine near Boundary Waters divides Democrats

BY: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the President Trump administration pushes to allow mining near Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is waging an attempt to thwart the plans. A bipartisan group of four Michigan lawmakers back her legislation, U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly). Upton […]

Iowans caucused around the country — from DC to Arizona — for the 1st time ever. Here’s what they said.

BY: - February 4, 2020

More Iowans caucused on Monday than ever before — without setting foot in Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses are often criticized for not being inclusive enough for people who can’t attend a traditional precinct caucus because of work, mobility or family issues. The Iowa Democratic Party’s answer to that concern this year was creating 87 “satellite” […]

A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race

BY: - December 1, 2019

The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever before, as the 2020 election is fully underway.  One of the core arguments is over the need for and the ethics of energy pipelines. With 2.4 million miles of pipeline, […]

‘Oil destroys life’: Winona LaDuke on why she fights Midwest pipeline projects

BY: - December 1, 2019

Winona LaDuke is internationally known as a vocal indigenous activist in northern Minnesota, where Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy has been attempting for years to construct a new Line 3 pipeline through tribal lands and sacred wild rice lakes. She is also an economist, writer, author of seven books and co-author of many more. LaDuke […]

Minnesota gov: ‘I ran … on raising the [gas] tax’

BY: - August 30, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s push to hike Michigan’s gas tax to fix crumbling roads and bridges — her signature campaign promise — is hardly occurring in a vacuum.  First-term Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a former congressman, also is working to make the case for a gas tax increase in his Upper Midwest state — albeit […]