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Checks & Balances is Minnesota’s first digital political publication, and site of the first paid political advertisement. Our digital fingerprint began December 8, 1995 and with the exception of 2015, we been underway ever since.

We are asking for your support to keep this enterprise viable and strong. While political coverage in traditional media outlets becomes more and more tested, it is the independent sources that can meet the challenge. Secure you Checks & Balances subscription Today!


We regularly provide insight and greater understanding of the issues being addressed in political circles, offer our own insight and sometimes even influence outcomes. We are seeking your support for an independent voice that will lead where other fear to travel and advance positions which are emerging from different quarters.

With a projected $17.6 billion surplus and the opportunity for continued surpluses into the future with legalization of recreational marijuana and Sportsbook gambling on the horizon, there is much to discuss. Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) in advancing an aggressive agenda with a universal lunch program for all students, paid parental leave and meeting the demands of communities across the state for infrastructure it will be a heavy-lift.

Checks & Balances has been the first to call for a Cash Bonding Bill, which is a great way to spend one-time money. Of which $12 billion is contained in the surplus. Additionally, we were the first to call for Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-60, Minneapolis) after Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen (DFL-49, Edina) announced her decision not to seek reelection.

Our value stems from the fact, we are on the ground regularly talking to many of the players in the political arena. The impact of COVID, the government shutdown and limited access to members of the legislature and staff has proven to be a significant challenge and as the new group of legislators assembles, and the previous class commences a more regular operational structure, rather than Zoom meetings and off-site call ins, we expect a robust legislative session.