A glimmer of hope has returned for a possible special session on COVID bonuses for front line workers, drought assistance and other issues.  Senator Jim Abeler, a key Republican who has called for the removal of state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, signaled Monday he might reconsider  — if Governor Tim Walz will agree to prohibiting any COVID vaccination mandates by the state.  Abeler says way back in August…

“I told the governor, let’s strike a bargain:  You can keep your commissioner if you give the people back their conscience.”

A Walz administration spokesperson says they continue urging Senate Republicans to “put non-urgent items aside” so the focus is on curbing spread of COVID, drought relief for farmers, and getting COVID bonuses to front-line workers.