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At Issue: December 11 - Special Session Negotiations Continue, Ellison's Chances of Becoming DNC Chair, One on One with Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom

December 11, 2016 10:50 AM

Special Session Negotiations Continue; Won't Hold Up Soccer Stadium Groundbreaking

The deadline for Minnesota lawmakers to decide whether or not to hold a special session has been pushed off until late into this coming week. Governor Dayton and lawmakers originally wanted to try and have one by December 20.

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The delay is not expected to hold up Monday's groundbreaking for a new professional soccer stadium in St. Paul. The $150 million stadium will be built at the corner of Snelling Ave. and University Ave. and will be privately financed. The owners are banking on millions of dollars in property tax exemptions authorized in a tax bill vetoed by Dayton this past May. 

Ellison Prepared to Resign from Congress if Elected DNC Chairman

Rep. Keith Ellison said this week he will resign his Fifth Congressional District seat if he is elected chair of the Democratic National Committee. However, reports have surfaced that some supporters of President Obama and Hillary Clinton have concerns about Ellison leading the party and are searching for an alternate candidate. Ellison has received strong support from organizations like the AFL-CIO and lawmakers like Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer. 

Ramsey County Sheriff Retires; Will Lead Research Project at Oxford University

Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom announced this week that he will retire in order to lead a research project at Oxford University in Great Britain. Bostom has developed a concept during his tenure called "high character policing". The concept promotes hiring based on character traits such as respect, compassion, empathy and responsibility. Bostrom says he's a big believer in hiring based on those character traits, then teaching and developing skills to deputies and employees once they are hired. 

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