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Bemidji Pioneer: 'I hope Trump is assassinated,' Missouri lawmaker writes, and quickly regrets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Democratic Missouri state senator from the St. Louis area posted, then quickly deleted, a comment on Facebook saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal told The Kansas City Star she posted the comment out of frustration with the "trauma and despair" the president is causing with his statements about the events in Charlottesville, Va. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4314085-i-hope-trump-assassinated-missouri-lawmaker-writes-and-quickly-regrets...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Dayton authorizes disaster assistance for Clearwater County

ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday authorized up to an estimated $85,875 in relief for Clearwater County from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account. The county experienced significant damage to public property caused by severe thunderstorms with high winds on July 21, according to a release. Aid from the contingency account will reimburse counties for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs, the release said. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public infrastructure...

 

Under fire from GOP, Trump digs in on Confederate icons

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture." http://www.startribune.com/trump-i...

 

Minneapolis City Council to vote today on bag fee

Less than three months after the Legislature stopped Minneapolis from banning plastic bags, the City Council is preparing to attach a 5-cent fee to bags at checkout lines across the city. The ordinance is an attempt to work within the boundaries of state law while encouraging shoppers to use reusable bags. The goal is to reduce waste, litter and processing issues at recycling facilities. http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-city-council-to-vote-friday-on-bag-fee/440949343/...

 

HOUSE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE TO TOUR ITASCA STATE PARK

WHO: Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, and members of the House Capital Investment Committee. Rep. Grossell invited members of the committee to tour the Itasca State Park to learn more about the proposed bonding project and its impact on the surrounding communities. WHAT: A tour of the Itasca State Park. Members will tour the Park and hear more about the needed bonding projects. WHERE: Itasca State Park Exact meeting Location TBD, please contact George Damian if interested WHEN: 8:55AM, Thursday, August 17, 2017 Members of the press should...

 

Trump increasingly isolated as business panels dismantled

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils_an apparent attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. With corporate chieftains fleeing, Trump took to Twitter to explain the exodus on his own terms. http://www.startribune.com/trump-increasingly-isolated-as-business-panels-dismantled/440864583/...

 

Tribal Council re-elects officers

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council re-elected Speaker Joe Byrd, Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Secretary Frankie Hargis to their offices during Tuesday night's monthly council meeting, the first since five re-elected members of the board and four new ones were sworn in on Monday. As speaker, Byrd will continue presiding over the tribal council as its president. Byrd and Vazquez will serve in their capacities for the length of their terms on the council, while the secretary is elected yearly. http://www.tahlequahdailypre...

 

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Make it 'Faster and Easier' for Native American Students to get into College

Sacramento, CA – More than one in three Native American kids live in poverty, and 22 percent ages 25 and older have not finished high school, the lowest of any racial/ethnic demographic group across all schools. Only 13 percent of Native Americans have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29 percent of the US population. In response, Senator Mike McGuire has successfully advanced a bill that takes this issue head on and provides priority registration at California Community Colleges to Native American students who live in...

 

Bond Set In Forest County For Tribal Chair

Bond was set Wednesday in Forest county court for Mole Lake Sokaogon Tribal Chair Chris McGhesick, charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. A complaint was filed July 17 after a person alleged McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices on June 29. http://wxpr.org/post/bond-set-forest-county-tribal-chair...

 

Defiant Trump renews criticism of 'both sides' in protest

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump defiantly blamed "both sides" for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia, seeking to rebuff the widespread criticism of his handling of the emotionally-charged protests while showing sympathy for the fringe group's efforts to preserve Confederate monuments. http://www.startribune.com/defiant-trump-renews-criticism-of-both-sides-in-protest/440686223/...

 

Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming

The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government. After securing two delays, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency declined to support the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe in their request for a rehearing in the closely-watched case. That's a major shift from the Obama era, when the federal government was firmly in their corner and asserted that the Wind River Reservation was never diminished by Congress....

 

2 Texas Congressional Districts Are Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A federal court invalidated two of Texas’ congressional districts on Tuesday, concluding that they violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of minorities. In a 107-page ruling — part of a long-running legal battle — a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found that District 27, which includes Corpus Christi, had been drawn to deny voters in a heavily Hispanic county “their opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice,” and that race had...

 

Peterson statement on the recent events in Charlottesville

DETROIT LAKES – Congressman Collin C. Peterson made the following statement today in response to the recent tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. “Hatred and bigotry associated with the white supremacists, neo Nazis, and the KKK has no place in our society,” Peterson said. “The tragedy in Charlottesville is another example of the struggles our country faces to unite and confront hate. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”...

 

Trump condemns violence in Virginia, saying 'racism is evil'

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump bowed on Monday to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, labeling their racist views "evil" after two days of equivocal statements. "Racism is evil," said Trump, delivering a statement from the White House at a hastily arranged appearance meant to halt the growing political threat posed by the situation. "And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis,...

 

State Auditor Rebecca Otto campaigns for governor while fighting for the future of her office

State Auditor Rebecca Otto has crisscrossed Minnesota over the last seven months in pursuit of higher office, even as she defends the continued relevancy of the political post she’s held for nearly a dozen years. It’s two campaigns at once for the energetic Otto, who’s one of a growing group of DFLers running for governor in 2018. At the same time, the three-term auditor continues to press her monthslong legal battle against a state law that privatized some of her office’s work. It’s propelled the usually low-profile Otto into a...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: DFL party chair says ensuring successor to Dayton is a top priority in 2018

BEMIDJI -- After losing its majority in the state Senate and unable to win back the House of Representatives in 2016, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party is looking ahead to next year, where the governorship will be on the line. At a community listening meeting held Friday, DFL State Party Chair Ken Martin said the race for governor, which already has six Democratic contenders, is a top priority for next year’s election. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/region/4311307-dfl-party-chair-says-ensuring-successor-dayto...

 

US debate on arming Ukraine puts pressure on Russia, Trump

WASHINGTON — Seeking leverage with Russia, the Trump administration has reopened consideration of long-rejected plans to give Ukraine lethal weapons, even if that would plunge the United States deeper into the former Soviet republic's conflict. The deliberations put pressure on President Donald Trump, who's fighting perceptions he is soft on the Kremlin amid investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. http://www.startribune.com/us-debate-on-arming-ukraine-puts-press...

 

White House scrambles to explain Trump's response to clashes

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The White House scrambled Sunday to elaborate on President Donald Trump's response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Va., as he came under bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white supremacists and other hate groups immediately after the altercations. As the chorus of criticism grew, White Houses aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president's position. A new White House statement on Sunday explicitly denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi...

 

Tribes Petition to Shut Down DAPL

The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, have requested that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) be shut down while a U.S. District Court Judge decides whether to mandate further environmental review. The tribes’ attorneys, with the environmental law firm EarthJustice, filed the motion in U.S. District Court on August 7, supported by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and other Native organizations. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/tribes-petition-shut-dapl/...

 

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council to be sworn in Monday

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will have nine tribal councilors sworn into office Monday during the tribe’s inauguration ceremony. The inauguration ceremony will be hosted at Sequoyah High School’s gymnasium at 10 a.m. The nine tribal councilors who will be administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett include incumbents Joe Byrd, Victoria Vazquez, Frankie Hargis, Janees Taylor and Harley Buzzard as well as newcomers Mike Dobbins, E.O. Smith, Mike Shambaugh and Mary Baker Shaw. http://www...

 

MDA to Host Town Hall Listening Sessions on Ag Issues

St. Paul, MN: In conjunction with Governor Mark Dayton’s 25 by ‘25 water town hall meetings around the state, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting a series of agriculture-focused listening sessions. “We will give a brief overview of a few MDA programs and initiatives, including the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, and low cost loan programs offered by the Rural Finance Authority followed by an open conversation period,” said MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “It’s important for us to hear from farmers...

 

Brushing off Putin, Trump says fewer diplomats saves money

BEDMINISTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump on Thursday brushed off Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to expel hundreds of U.S. diplomatic employees from Russia, instead thanking Putin and insisting it would save the U.S. significant cash. In remarks to reporters at his golf course in central New Jersey, Trump dismissed Putin's move, saying he "greatly' appreciated Putin's help cutting down the payroll at the U.S. State Department. http://www.startribune.com/brushing-off-putin-trump-says-fewer-diplomats-saves-mone...

 

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis calls protest at his Twin Cities home dangerous

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis is taking issue with protesters who showed up outside of his home. The Wednesday morning protest at the first-term Republican congressman's suburban house was organized by Take Action Minnesota, a liberal advocacy group. Video footage posted on Lewis' Facebook page shows more than a dozen protesters chanting outside a home before delivering a large letter calling on Lewis to oppose cuts to Medicaid funding. http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-s-rep-lewis-calls-protest-at-his-home-dangerous/4396907...

 

Renovation of the Minnesota State Capitol

For the past three years, the Minnesota State Capitol has been undergoing a massive, $310 million renovation. Visitors to the 1905 building will be able to see the repaired marble, restored murals and reclaimed skylights, but many of the improvements — including mechanical and safety systems — won't be visible. The reopening celebration this weekend will include morning yoga on the Capitol lawn, cocktails on the loggia and a Prince dance party. http://www.startribune.com/renovation-of-the-minnesota-state-capitol/43631695...

 

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal

The Trump administration is moving quickly to finalize a new rule that could bring big economic benefits to Indian Country. Tribes have been pushing for an update to the so-called Indian Trader Regulations in hopes of resolving a long-standing issue that has hindered their economic growth. They are losing out on millions -- and in some situations, billions -- of dollars because state and local governments have asserted taxing authority on their lands. https://www.indianz.com/News/2017/08/07/trump-team-moves-quickly-to-finali...

 

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