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A mixed report card for Trump as 100th day approaches

As President Donald Trump nears his 100th day in office, several of his campaign promises remain unfulfilled. There’s been no progress on U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement or his infrastructure and tax plans. But his record so far includes accomplishments, topped by his Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation and the healthy stock market, and disappointments, such as a stalled overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and a failed travel ban. A tally: Achievements http://www.startribune.com/trump-s-mixe...

 

Minneapolis City Council incumbents face challenges, defeat at DFL ward conventions

Challengers to Minneapolis City Council incumbents had strong showings at DFL ward conventions Saturday. Jeremiah Ellison won the endorsement in the Fifth Ward, beating Council Member Blong Yang and Cathy Spann. In the Fourth Ward, Council Member Barb Johnson and Phillipe Cunningham were neck-in-neck until the convention adjourned with no endorsement. In Ward 7, neither Council Member Lisa Goodman nor Janne Flisrand won the endorsement. http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-city-council-incumbents-face-challenges-defeat-at-...

 

Trump eyes changes to Obama's tax and Wall Street rules

WASHINGTON — Hoping to spur economic growth, President Donald Trump embarked Friday on new steps to dismantle some of the tax and financial regulations established by former President Barack Obama. Trump signed an executive order to review any major tax regulations set last year by his predecessor, as well as two memos to potentially revamp or eliminate fundamental elements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms passed in the wake of the Great Recession. http://www.startribune.com/trump-eyes-changes-to-obama-s-tax-and-wa...

 

Gov. Dayton leaves open possibility of approving transportation plan without gas tax increase

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday left open the possibility that he would sign a transportation funding plan that does not include a 10-cent increase to the gas tax — a signature component of his transportation proposal. “I’m not going to veto a transportation bill that’s satisfactory in other respects because it doesn’t have a gas tax,” said the DFL governor, who criticized the hard-line position of Republican legislative leaders who have stridently opposed raising the gas tax. http://www.startribune.com/gov-dayton-l...

 

Minnesota Senate approves bill blocking cities' wage, sick-leave ordinances

The state Senate voted Thursday to overturn new paid sick-leave requirements in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and to block all Minnesota cities from raising the minimum wage or enacting other workplace rules. The House passed a similar measure last month, as Republican majorities in both chambers push back against a growing list of local labor ordinances they say could hurt businesses and the state's economy. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 35-31, with just one DFL senator joining every Republican member in supporting it....

 

White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

WASHINGTON — Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could be achieved in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed. During a White House news conference, Trump said progress was being made on a "great plan" for overhauling the nation's health care system, though he provided no details. http://www.s...

 

Gov. Dayton leaves open possibility of approving transportation plan without gas tax increase

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday left open the possibility that he would sign a transportation funding plan that does not include a 10-cent increase to the gas tax — a signature component of his transportation proposal. “I’m not going to veto a transportation bill that’s satisfactory in other respects because it doesn’t have a gas tax,” said the DFL governor, who criticized the hard-line position of Republican legislative leaders who have stridently opposed raising the gas tax. http://www.startribune.com/gov-dayton-l...

 

Marie Zackuse, Tulalip Tribes' First Chairwoman, Takes Helm During Challenging Time

Marie Zackuse took office on April 1 as chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. She’s taking the helm at a challenging time. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/marie-zackuse-tulalip-tribes-first-chairwoman-takes-helm-challenging-time/...

 

It's time for Congress to reauthorize, fully fund Native American housing

Broken windows, frequent reports of black mold and bed bugs, discarded tires as makeshift roofing, and more than a dozen people crammed together in a crumbling two-bedroom home. Such housing conditions in Indian country were uncovered last year by the Great Falls Tribune, which noted a housing shortage that “has lingered on U.S. Indian reservations for nearly a century.” As the Executive Director of an organization that has worked to address such issues since 1971, occasional reports of horrific conditions in Indian country are, sadly, not...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Beltrami Commissioners discuss department staffing

BEMIDJI -- Department staffing was the main topic at the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, as the matter was brought forward by both law enforcement and public health officials. For law enforcement, Beltrami County Emergency Manager and 911 Supervisor Chris Muller gave a presentation on why the department is considering a restructuring. Currently, the department has one communications supervisor, six full-time communication officers, five part-time communication officers and two casual communications officers....

 

Minnesota Legislature eyes making student fees optional at state colleges, universities

Fees that help pay for health and recreation centers, school newspapers, student government, collegiate athletics and other campus groups would be optional at Minnesota’s public colleges and universities under a measure moving at the Capitol. It’s included in a broader, $3.2 billion higher education budget bill that the House passed earlier this month. Lawmakers are now working to finalize a spending plan for public campuses that they will send on to Gov. Mark Dayton. http://www.startribune.com/legislature-eyes-making-st...

 

Affordable housing advocates fear HUD cuts proposed by President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – Dozens of homeless families moved into the Steve O’Neil Apartments in Duluth two years ago, bringing hope to a drug-ridden block. Twenty youths without stable homes will soon have a refuge in the northern Minnesota city after the Center for Changing Lives broke ground last year. But as Minnesotans struggle to find affordable housing in an increasingly expensive market, developers and city officials fear it will be much harder to carry out projects like these if President Donald Trump’s proposed $6.2 billion in federal...

 

Lone challenger of 7-term Alberta chief plans legal action after being stripped from ballot

Adrian Strawberry ran for chief of O'Chiese First Nation in 2015 and lost, but was barred from running again in 2017 after the band adopted new election rules. That led to incumbent Darren Whitford being acclaimed to a seventh consecutive term as chief of the First Nation in central Alberta, a job that carries a six-figure salary. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ochiese-first-nation-adrian-strawberry-appeal-lawsuit-1.4074322...

 

Congressman Peterson to host bipartisan town hall on opioid issues

WILLMAR – On Saturday, Congressman Collin C. Peterson will host a town hall meeting with State Representative Dave Baker and State Senator Andrew Lang in the 7th District. “With partisanship at an all-time high, it’s more important now than ever to reach across the aisle,” said Peterson. “In the spirit of bipartisanship, I am encouraging folks to visit with State Representative Baker, State Senator Lang, and myself to discuss the opioid crisis and healthcare concerns facing Minnesota.” WHEN: Saturday, April 22 @1 p.m. WHERE:...

 

Trump targets visa program he says hurts American workers

KENOSHA, Wis. — Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday he said should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants. At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., Trump signed an order that that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by U.S. technology companies. Dubbed "Buy American and Hire American," the directive follows a series of...

 

Impeachment of Cherokee chief goes before Grand Council

CHEROKEE, N.C. (WLOS) — In a rare vote, members of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians cast ballots Tuesday either for or against impeaching the tribe's chief. The Grand Council, as it's called, came after the Tribal Council served Principal Chief Patrick Lambert with articles of impeachment. A majority of the Tribal Council claim Lambert has broken Cherokee code, something he denies. So, Lambert decided to take his case directly to the people. http://wlos.com/news/local/cherokee-chief-impeachment-issue-goes-before-grand-...

 

Dayton says he won't accept budget cuts without more details

With five weeks left until the Minnesota Legislature adjourns, Gov. Mark Dayton warned Republican lawmakers on Monday that he's unwilling to negotiate over their proposed budget reductions unless they provide more specifics about the programs and services that would see cuts. Writing to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, the DFL governor called on the GOP leaders to avoid the type of "chaotic conclusion" that ended the state's last budget-setting process, in 2015. The Legislature and the...

 

Heller says he'll work to stymie Trump administration proposals that would hurt Nevada

CARSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., vowed to work against any proposal from the Trump administration that would hurt Nevada. Speaking to the Nevada Legislature Monday evening, Heller said he would support President Donald Trump’s administration when he agrees, and “try to change their minds” on other topics. https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/2017-legislature/heller-says-hell-work-to-stymie-trump-administration-proposals-that-would-hurt-nevada/...

 

McDaniel circulating Comanche recall petitions

With the expiration of her last round of recall petitions, a Comanche tribal member is circulating a new round of petitions to remove the tribe's Business Committee and lawyer. Eleanor McDaniel is leading a recall petition rally beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at 1063 NW Quanah Road in Cache, just north of the Cahoma Building. http://www.swoknews.com/local/mcdaniel-circulating-comanche-recall-petitions...

 

Community remembers Cow Creek tribal leader

Friends, politicians and business leaders are remembering former Cow Creek tribal Chairwoman Sue Shaffer, who died last week, as a driving force behind the tribe’s rise to prominence in Southern Oregon Dennis Whittlesey, a Washington, D.C., attorney who worked with Shaffer to get the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians federally recognized, called her “the best tribal chairman I ever saw.” http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20170417/community-remembers-cow-creek-tribal-leader...

 

With Trump pick aboard, top U.S. court tackles religious rights

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court is set this week to hear a closely watched case testing the limits of religious rights, and new Justice Neil Gorsuch's judicial record indicates he could tip the court toward siding with a church challenging Missouri's ban on state funding of religious entities. Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located in Columbia, Missouri and runs a preschool and daycare center, said Missouri unlawfully excluded it from a grant program providing state funds to nonprofit groups to buy rubber playground surfaces. Missouri's...

 

EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

Just days after taking office, President Donald Trump invited American manufacturers to recommend ways the government could cut regulations and make it easier for companies to get their projects approved. Industry leaders responded with scores of suggestions that paint the clearest picture yet of the dramatic series of steps that Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies, especially those designed to advance environmental protection and safeguard worker rights. http://www.startribune.com/industry-put...

 

Trump-Kushners Get Sweet DC Townhouse Deal From Mining Magnate

Chilean mining magnate Andrónico Luksic saw an opportunity in purchasing a $5.5 million townhouse in Kalorama, a posh section of Washington D.C., immediately after President Donald Trump’s election, according to The Wall Street Journal. The exact details of that opportunity remain murky. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/trump-kushner-townhouse-deal-magnate/...

 

Minnesota Rep. Grossell and Rep. Fabian visit Angle Inlet School

Minnesota Rep. Grossell and Rep. Fabian visit Angle Inlet School...

 

Oklahoma GOP Rep. claims he canceled town hall for safety - but that's not what the venue told Raw Story

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) is afraid of protesters attending his town hall meeting, so he canceled it, claiming he had “safety concerns.” “Over the past few weeks, we have seen an escalation of protesters at congressional town halls across the nation,” Mullin said in a statement, KJRH reported. “We have even seen them right here in the Second District.” http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/oklahoma-gop-rep-claims-he-canceled-town-hall-for-safety-but-thats-not-what-the-venue-told-raw-story/...

 

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