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Front-runner Leah Phifer drops out of crowded DFL field in 8th Congressional District

Leah Phifer left last weekend’s deadlocked 8th Congressional District DFL convention as the leader on all 10 ballots — though failing to reach the consensus required for endorsement. On Wednesday, Phifer left the northeastern Minnesota race altogether, saying she was only ever targeting party endorsement and that...

 

Fight over funding health care for the poor muddies tax debate at the Capitol

Minnesota Republicans say Gov. Mark Dayton needs to drop a proposal to continue a tax that pays for health care for the working poor if he wants any chance at an agreement to rewrite the state’s tax code. “If the provider tax is not part of the conversation, tax conformity is a lot easier,” Rep. Pat Garofalo...

 

San Manuel swears in chairwoman

Newly elected Business Committee members were sworn in by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as the new tribal officers began their new, 2-year terms this week. Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena was elected by acclamation while Latisha Casas was elected to the office of treasurer. Entering her third consecutive term,...

 

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization

Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization at the Department of the Interior without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded from decisions affecting their communities. The latest upheaval hits the Navajo Nation. The director of the regional office on the...

 

With new details out, the battle over taxes heats up at the Minnesota Legislature

Sparring over how to best align Minnesota’s tax code with recent federal changes began in earnest this week, quickly illustrating how far apart Republicans and Democrats are from finding common ground. The specifics of Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal were revealed when legislation spanning more than 100 pages was...

 

State Supreme Court ends Rebecca Otto's challenge of private county audits

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a 2015 law that lets counties save money by bypassing the state auditor’s office and hiring private accounting firms for their annual financial audits. State Auditor Rebecca Otto challenged the law on constitutional grounds. She sued Becker, Wright and Ramsey counties, which...

 

Mark Dayton orders flags at half-staff in memory of Barbara Bush

The governor of Minnesota ordered flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday in memory of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at 92. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered U.S. and state flags to fly at half-staff at government buildings until sunset on the day of interment. The directives were made in accordance with a...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Governor skeptical about vet home proposal; Bemidji-area legislators, veterans support plan

ST. PAUL—A GOP House plan to fund new veterans homes in the state—including one in Bemidji—would tap excess funds from U.S. Bank Stadium, a plan that brought skepticism from Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday. The House State Government Finance Committee held a press conference Wednesday morning at the Capitol to...

 

President Trump authorizes more funding for Hoopa Valley Tribe disaster assistance

HOOPA, Calif. — President Trump authorized more federal funding for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, according to the Office of the Press Secretary. Officials said the president made additional disaster assistance available to the Hoopa Valley Tribe for Public Assistance projects. Those projects undertaken by the tribe as a...

 

Dayton appoints Democrat Paul Thissen for MN Supreme Court. That makes 5 Dayton picks on 7-member court.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed state Rep. Paul Thissen, a fellow Democrat, to the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday. The choice of a strident partisan politician — Thissen often clashed with Republicans during stints as House speaker and minority leader — for the high court is uncommon in recent years but hardly...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Proposed law aims to crack down on protesters

ST. PAUL—As the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission prepares to vote this June on Enbridge Energy Co.'s controversial Line 3 replacement project, Northland lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would crack down on those who train or recruit protesters who damage "critical infrastructure" such as oil...

 

State of the Navajo Nation Address Delivered for 2018 Spring Session

WINDOW ROCK — President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez gave the State of the Navajo Nation Address (SONNA) for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council’s 2018 Spring Council Session. The speech began and ended with the treaty and highlighted recent accomplishments of the administration regarding the four...

 

CRIT Recall Election set for April 28

The Colorado River Indian Tribes will hold a special election April 28 to determine if Chairman Dennis Patch, Vice Chairman Keith Moses and the Tribal Council Members should be recalled from office. The Council Members being recalled are Amelia Flores, Valerie Welsh-Tahbo, Johnny Hill Jr., Granthum Stevens, Johnson...

 

Trump Makes American Cannabis Great Again

U.S. Publicly traded marijuana companies praise Trump’s to decision to protect the marijuana industry. They also welcome former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld into the Cannabis Industry! Both news items are fantastic for...

 

James Comey speculates Russians may have damaging info on Trump

WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it’s possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in the president’s actions and that Trump is “morally unfit” for office. Comey’s comments in an ABC...

 

Deb Haaland Raises Nearly $300k in Just Three Months

Albuquerque, NM - Deb Haaland’s campaign reported raising nearly $300,000 and outraising her nearest opponents 2 to 1. Momentum continues for Deb Haaland in her race to make history for New Mexico as the nation's first Native American Congresswoman. The campaign announced it raised nearly $300,000 in the first...

 

Questions circulate regarding DOI investigation

WASHINGTON — Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior has made a series of moves some believe target Native American interests. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has demanded the House Committee on Natural Resources request DOI Associate Deputy Secretary James Cason and Deputy Secretary David...

 

Legislative Update: Back to Work

We are back at work in St. Paul following our brief break for Easter and Passover. It was great to be back in our community meeting with folks and visiting schools and speaking with Vietnam Veterans. Back at the Capitol this week I presented a number of my bills to crac...

 

8th Congressional District DFL race heads to primary; no endorsement reached at convention

DULUTH — After a deadlocked convention on Saturday in Duluth, the voters will decide a DFL candidate for the 8th Congressional District race. The stalemate at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s 8th District convention in Duluth saw the field whittled from five to two, but returned no endorsed candidate....

 

Trump unloads on Comey ahead of ex-FBI director's interview, book release

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to unload on James Comey over his forthcoming memoir, calling him “slippery,” suggesting he should be in jail and labeling him “the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump fired off a series of tweets ahead of Comey’s first interview on...

 

Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' with Syria airstrikes as Assad holds on to power

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared “Mission Accomplished!” Saturday while the Pentagon said its initial assessment was that a powerful pre-dawn missile barrage by the United States, Britain and France had “degraded” but may not have fully destroyed Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Nikki...

 

Trump approves aid for Amber Alerts in tribal areas pushed by John McCain, Andy Biggs

Tribal areas are permanently eligible for assistance using the emergency Amber Alert system under a new law pushed by Arizona's Sen. John McCain and Rep. Andy Biggs. President Donald Trump signed legislation that makes permanent a federal program to help tribal areas implement the child-abduction system. It came about...

 

Colo. senator: Trump easing up on pot crackdown

President Donald Trump is promising not to challenge states that have legalized marijuana even though they are in conflict with federal law, according to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. The Colorado senator said on Friday that in a private conversation with Trump this week, the president assured him that the Justice Department...

 

Gov. Dayton goes off on millionaire food stamp recipient, Forest Lake mayor, Tim Pawlenty and DMV mess

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton took to the bully pulpit Thursday morning to chastise, well, a bunch of people on a bunch of things. Among the targets were Forest Lake leaders who killed a youth mental health facility, a Minnesota millionaire who accepted food stamps to make a point, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and...

 

Missouri governor slapped, grabbed woman he had affair with, report says

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens calls it an “entirely consensual relationship.” But the woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair says Greitens spanked, slapped, grabbed and shoved her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid. The woman’s...

 

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