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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

WASHINGTON — After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been...

 

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Elects New Leaders

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have elected a new tribal chairwoman and two new council members. The Durango Herald reports that Christine Baker-Sage won Friday's runoff election by 63 votes to take the tribal chair seat over Shane Seibel. Clement Frost, the sitting chair, had decided...

 

Jeff Sessions Isn't Giving up on Weed. He's Doubling Down

A year ago, when president-elect Donald Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions would be his attorney general, advocates for marijuana law reform were suddenly seized with panic. The longtime Alabama senator, they knew, had once joked that he considered the Klan to be OK guys until he found out they smoked pot. Only...

 

Bill introduced that would restore tribal jurisdiction over DV incidents on tribal land to children and law enforcement

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) on Thursday, Dec. 14 to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions...

 

Legal battle erupts over Tina Smith appointment. Here's what's going on

That didn’t take long. Shortly after Tina Smith was named successor to Al Franken, a legal battle erupted over control of the Minnesota Senate — and the state Supreme Court might have to settle it. http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/14/legal-battle-erupts-over-tina-smith-appointment-heres-whats-g...

 

Here's a 6-step plan to avoid a court battle over that whole Al Franken-Tina Smith succession thing

The cascade of statehouse vacancies following U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s resignation doesn’t have to end up in court. The solution, versions of which have been making their way around the Capitol, is actually pretty simple, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said Thursday he supports it. Gazelka said...

 

Governor Mark Dayton Appoints Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to Serve as United States Senator

Smith led efforts to expand early education, fight for working families, grow Minnesota's clean energy economy, and combat the opioid crisis ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today announced that he will appoint Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to serve as United...

 

Peterson, Klobuchar, Walz, McCollum, Nolan, Emmer, and Ellison urge U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to initiate a pilot program in border crossing technology and to delay the reduction in service hours at the Lancaster and Roseau Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson led a bipartisan letter with Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Rick Nolan, Rep. Tom Emmer, and Rep. Keith Ellison urging U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to delay the announced reduction of service hours in Lancaster and Roseau Ports of...

 

Peterson statement on Governor Dayton's decision to appoint Lt. Governor Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson made the following statement today after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Governor Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Lt. Governor Smith over the years and she has always been attentive to issues important to Greater...

 

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken, run for seat in 2018

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Wednesday named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to fill Sen. Al Franken’s (D) soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. Smith said she intends to run in November 2018 to complete the remaining two years of Franken’s term. “It is up to Minnesotans to decide who they want to complete Senator...

 

An alleged 'House of Cards' move - but must new lieutenant governor quit the Senate?

The leader of Minnesota’s Republican Party accused Gov. Mark Dayton of an “underhanded ‘House of Cards’-style move” in naming Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken Tuesday. Dayton’s motive, according to Jennifer Carnahan, chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, had little to do with the...

 

Tina Smith reaction from Amy Klobuchar, Republicans and Al Franken himself

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace U.S. Sen Al Franken, who is resigning. Here are some reactions. U.S. SEN. AL FRANKEN http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/13/tina-smith-reaction-from-al-franken-amy-klobuchar-keith-ellison-republicans-etc/...

 

GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

WASHINGTON — Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald Trump among them — and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president....

 

Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line

WASHINGTON — The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, congressional Republicans sped forward with the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades, announcing an agreement on a final bill that would cut taxes for businesses and individuals and signal the party’s first major...

 

Mark Dayton will name Franken's replacement Wednesday. Here's what to expect

Minnesotans will learn Wednesday who their next senator will be. At a 10 a.m. news conference at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/12/mark-dayton-will-name-frankens-replacement-wednesday-at-10-a-m/...

 

Democrat Doug Jones shakes political landscape with narrow win over Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones, who started the Alabama race for U.S. Senate as a massive underdog, swept to victory Tuesday night in a repudiation of scandal-stained Roy Moore. The upset also dealt a serious blow to President Donald Trump. The narrow victory slices the GOP’s already-thin margin in the...

 

Trump's message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake

Uranium, it’s now part of Navajo DNA. With over 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, people living near these mines are exposed daily to radiation exposure at a rate several times higher than normal background radiation. Last week, President Donald Trump announced he was summarily reducing the Bears...

 

As Butch Blazer prepares for inauguration, tribal member pushes for new election

A Mescalero Apache tribal member is urging that a new election for the presidency be staged based on perceived flaws in the handling of a residency question that determined Arthur “Butch” Blazer’s eligibility to be on the ballot. Blazer, former council member, state forester and USDA official, won the general...

 

Al Franken shouldn't resign, says former Minnesota Republican Gov. Arne Carlson

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson says Minnesota Sen. Al Franken should rescind his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct. His basic reason: It’s unfair; Franken’s presumption of innocence has been stripped. http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/11/al-franken-should-un-resign-says-forme...

 

Two Minnesota lawmakers propose House harassment plan

ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota lawmakers — a Republican woman and a Democratic man — have a plan to revamp the way the state House deals with sexual harassment allegations. The plan, announced Monday, Dec. 11, would speed up the process for allegations to be addressed and allow anyone — not just fellow lawmakers —...

 

College students: Here's why you could pay more in the Republican tax bill

From student loans and post-graduate tuition to the bonds used to build dormitories, the tax bill Republicans in Congress are trying to pass before Christmas could have a significant impact on the finances of colleges, universities and the people who attend them. The bill is not yet final. The House and Senate passed...

 

How Republicans' Higher Education Act Overhaul Could Make Preventing Campus Sexual Assault Much Harder

A 542-page bill overhauling the Higher Education Act (HEA) was introduced by Republicans on a House committee last week. Buried in that bill are the GOP's provisions concerning sexual assault on campus that critics say would make preventing instances of assault more difficult and further alienate survivors. The...

 

Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress

There is an uncomfortable, even painful re-balancing going on across so much of society. The old world of male hegemony is slowly coming to an end. Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken lost his office because of his own actions — and that broader change. “I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact...

 

What Trump's Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country

During the Senate hearings that put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court this year, Democrats made it clear they were leery of his conservative judicial record. Gorsuch was confirmed in April along party lines, and no Western Democrat voted in his favor. But Gorsuch has a strong background in Indian law and a record of...

 

Lawmakers Push For Recognition Of Tribal ID Cards

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow members of federally recognized tribes to use their tribal identification cards for voter registration and more. The bill would allow tribal ID cards to be used to pick up medication at a pharmacy, as well as buy alcohol and tobacco products. State Sen. Jerry...

 

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