I hope your new year has been healthy and that you've been successful sticking to your resolutions! On January 1 several new laws went into effect, including a measure regulating the pharmaceutical industry that I fought hard for during the 2019 legislative session.
Pharmacy Benefit Managers - PBMs - are now subject to new transparency requirements. PBMs are middle men that have played a big role in the increase in prescription drug prices. They are a powerful but little-known player in our health care system and we’re going to shine a light to see how these skyrocketing prices come about. I'm proud to have authored this bill, and hope it will bring positive change!
The Presidential Primary
For the first time this year, Minnesotans will participate in a presidential primary, rather than a caucus. No matter what your party affiliation is, it's important to cast your vote and help ensure our government is representative of our shared values.
Absentee balloting for the 2020 Minnesota presidential nominating primary began last week. You can order an absentee ballot or update your voter registration here. Still have questions? Here's a short Q and A:
When will the presidential nomination primary take place?
March 3, 2020, with early voting beginning on January 17th.
Will all parties be on the same ballot?
No, each major party will have a separate ballot.
Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for “uncommitted”?
If it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.
Will any other offices be on the ballot?
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
Will parties have to abide by the primary results?
The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.
Will there still be precinct caucuses?
Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.