At Issue: Oct. 29 - Controversial Flyer Stirs Up St. Paul Mayor's Race; Lawmakers Push to Get Funding Restored

October 29, 2017 04:45 PM

Controversial Flyer, Police Federation Comments Stir Up St. Paul Mayor's Race

An election flyer highlighting gun violence in the city of St. Paul and a break-in at the home of a mayoral candidate has stirred up a lot of controversy in the city's mayor's race. The mailer went to St. Paul voters this week. It was paid for by the group Building a Better St. Paul, which has received donations from the St. Paul Police Federation and supports candidate Pat Harris in the mayor's race. 

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The mailer highlighted a rise in gun violence in St. Paul and also criticizes candidate Melvin Carter III for not yet providing the serial numbers of two handguns stolen from his home back in August to police.

RELATED: Melvin Carter Responds to Campaign Mailer Controversy

In a statement released Friday, Building a Better St. Paul apologized for the mailer and said it will disband and donate any remaining funds to charity.

Meanwhile, Pat Harris is calling for the entire board of the St. Paul Police Federation to resign, in light of harsh criticism it has lobbied against Carter for similar reasons highlighted in the flier. Carter's campaign called the attack "racist." The federation apologized but denied a racial bias. 

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Chris Coleman, St. Paul's current mayor, also called for the full federation board to resign. In response, the federation said it will cease any additional political activity during the campaign, but there are no plans for anyone to resign.

State Lawmakers Push to Get Legislative Funding Restored

State lawmakers want a Ramsey County District Court judge to enforce his ruling against Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the legislative operating budget

Right now, the case is before the Minnesota Supreme Court where the justices have yet to make a definitive ruling. This all stems from Dayton's issue of a line-item veto of the Legislature's $130 million operating budget in an effort to get them to re-negotiate parts of the tax bill.

Lawmakers say the House and Senate are now spending budget reserves and are stopping certain expenses to make the money last longer. Money could run out as early as Dec. 1 for the Senate and Feb. 1 for the House. 

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