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At Issue: Feb. 26 - Ellison Falls Short in DNC Chair Race; Historic Vote on Sunday Liquor Sales

February 27, 2017 04:44 PM

Ellison Falls Short in Race to Become Chair of DNC

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison fell short in his push to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Party delegates chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to chair the party Saturday at the DNC Winter Meeting in Atlanta. Perez walked away with 235 votes while Ellison captured 200 votes. 

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While Ellison won't be chair of the party, he isn't walking away from the meetings without a leadership role. Immediately after the results were announced, Perez made a motion to make Ellison the party's deputy chair. Ellison accepted and called for unity in the party in order to rebound from disastrous losses during the 2016 election. 

Historic Vote Set for Monday on Sunday Liquor Sales

Sunday liquor sales is closer than ever to becoming a reality in Minnesota. The full Senate is expected to vote on the issue Monday morning. This follows last Monday's historic vote on the House floor, where it passed on a vote of 85 to 45. This is a remarkable turnaround from just two years ago when lawmakers opposed the measure 101 to 26.

Supporters argue the state is losing business when Minnesotans cross state lines to buy liquor on Sundays in Wisconsin. But opponents fear the change will put small, family-owned liquor establishments out of business because they'll be competing with big-box retailers. 

If the Senate passes the bill, it'll likely head to a conference committee to work out a difference in the bills on what time liquor stores could officially open for business on Sundays. Dayton has said he would sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. 

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