On a party-line vote, Senate Republicans advance a plan to restrict same-day voter registration, requiring election day registrants to cast provisional ballots that could later be challenged.

It's in an omnibus bill that passed the State Government committee on 5-3 vote. #mnleg
Democrat @OmarFatehMN said it amounts to "voter suppression" and warned of economic consequences like Georgia is seeing.

GOP Sen. Dave Osmek told Fateh he was "showing your ignorance on the Georgia law."
@OmarFatehMN That sparked a debate over @MLB pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia and moving it to Colorado, which has less restrictive voting laws.

Background on the two states: npr.org/2021/04/07/984…

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9 Feb
.@GovTimWalz says the Minneapolis assisted living home he’s visiting, Jones-Harrison, got its second vaccine doses on Friday.
Walz and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm: the Biden administration told governors this morning that vaccine allocations will increase to states by an additional 5% next week, on top of previously announced increases.
Walz says he’s considering lifting more economic restrictions, but doesn’t give a date or name any metrics he’s specifically tying that to.

“I know especially in the business sector, especially in schools, a date certain is what everybody wants,” he acknowledges.
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9 Feb
.@GovTimWalz gets his temperature checked at a Minneapolis assisted living home.

He is about to address the mass shooting in Buffalo.

Then he’ll do a scheduled event on COVID vaccines.
Walz: “At this time, it seems like it was a single individual” involved in shooting/bomb detonation at Allina clinic in Buffalo.

That person has been arrested.
In his brief statement, Walz confirms both a shooting and explosive devices set off in Buffalo.

He said he’s been in contact with the city’s mayor.
Read 4 tweets
8 Feb
At 1 p.m., Minnesota hospital systems will testify in the #mnleg Senate Health committee about #COVID19 vaccines.

Friday, hospitals said Minnesota’s rollout was at an “untenable crossroads," only to retreat within 24 hours.

A thread:
Friday, @MNhospitals urged health officials to end a lottery system by which health systems get doses. They said the current system is eroding trust and said Minnesota mass vaccination sites are “out of reach” for many. (Letter below.)

The backtracking started quickly. ImageImage
After I wrote our initial story, a @MNhospitals spokeswoman clarified that the hospitals didn't want to end the state’s 65+ lottery.

(Though the initial letter criticized Minnesota's mass vaccination sites – one of the ways seniors have gotten shots.)
Read 6 tweets
4 Jan
Minnesota health officials are holding their first #COVID19 briefing of the year.

Health commissioner Jan Malcolm says the situation has "improved" after restrictions went in place.

"If we let our guard down, COVID-19 finds a way to surge back in terrifying ways," she says.
The major pharmacy chains that are vaccinating people in Minnesota's long-term care facilities expect to finish that work in 3-4 weeks, infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann says.
Minnesota health officials are pushing back on complaints about slow vaccine rollout.

"Minnesota is in line with other similarly sized states," Ehresmann says.

Minnesota has used 37% of its doses, which ranks 22nd nationally, according to CDC data.

Read 6 tweets
4 Jan
Welcome to 2021.

Today, Minnesota health officials have their first news conference of the year.

Minnesota’s vaccine rollout is faltering. As of Sunday, less than 20% of doses received in the state had been put into people’s arms.

Most states are having similar issues.

This percentage doesn’t include doses given directly to federal sites, like the VA and Defense department sites.
Last week, the Walz administration and lawmakers quietly signed off on $40 million to ramp up the vaccination effort.

The administration expects the vaccination of all Minnesotans to cost the state $134 million, and says federal aid is "uncertain."
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10 Nov 20
In front of reporters, Gov. Tim Walz says the 10-person/3 household cap applies to Thanksgiving gatherings but "we’re not going into someone’s home and arresting them on Thanksgiving."
I asked if this was so important, why wait until after the election?

Walz: "Had we been at this spike in August, we would’ve done it in August... The virus dictates our timing. The virus dictates the moves we make."
I asked for evidence that infection rates double after 9 p.m., as Walz said in his speech.

"It does," Walz said. "It's human behavior" that people get closer together, talk louder.

He points out that Utah also imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on bars today.
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