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Trump's trial begins at the start of an election year

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday - senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of "impartial justice" as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John...

 

New Minnesota primary system raises voter privacy concerns

Sean Fahnhorst works behind the scenes for the state of Minnesota, preparing the state budget based on the preferences of his boss - the governor. He likes his gig and wants to do similar work indefinitely, no matter who's in charge. http://www.start...

 

Peterson, Costa Welcome Funding for Farm Bill Animal Pest and Disease Programs, Progress on Vaccine Bank

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2020) – Following an announcement from USDA on the award of $10.2 million in funding for animal pest and disease prevention and management efforts and the request for vaccine bank Foot and Mouth Disease proposals, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and House...

 

House leaders march Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

WASHINGTON - In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late Wednesday, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history....

 

Gov. Tim Walz proposes record $2 billion public works plan

DFL Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the final phase of a $2 billion state bonding package Wednesday, laying out the details of an ambitious public works plan that Republican lawmakers immediately criticized as bloated and costly. The money would pay for a record number of local...

 

Peterson Cautiously Optimistic about Phase One China Deal

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2020) – Rep. Collin Peterson, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday after President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the first phase of a trade deal between the two countries. “My district produces everything from dairy, meat...

 

Sanders Opposes Trump's USMCA: Full Statement

WASHINGTON, January 15—Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-V.t.) spoke in opposition to the United States, Mexico, Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) in the U.S. Senate. The following are the Senator’s prepared floor remarks: "Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the NAFTA 2.0 trade agreement negotiated by Trump. "...

 

Democrats release new documents on eve of impeachment trial

WASHINGTON - House Democrats have released a trove of documents they obtained from Lev Parnas, a close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, including a handwritten note that mentions asking Ukraine's president to investigate "the Biden...

 

Warren, Sanders spar over her claim he said woman can't win

DES MOINES, Iowa - Elizabeth Warren stood behind her charge that Bernie Sanders said a woman could not defeat Donald Trump, making an energetic case for a female nominee in a Tuesday night Democratic debate that raised gender as a core issue in the sprint to the Iowa...

 

Democrats target Emmer in complaint over 'trackers' in Congress

The campaign arm of the House Democrats has filed an ethics complaint targeting Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and the National Republican Congressional Committee over the GOP's use of campaign "trackers" to trail Democratic lawmakers inside congressional office...

 

Pelosi sets Wednesday votes to send impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal. Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

 

Walz proposes borrowing $447 million for state's colleges, universities

Minnesota is falling behind on its upkeep of college and university buildings, Gov. Tim Walz said Monday as he pitched $447 million in public borrowing that he said is critical to develop a strong workforce. Walz was flanked by higher education leaders at Anoka-Ramsey...

 

Trump's Iran strategy may cost him in 2020 election

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Almost exactly four years ago, Donald Trump touched down at an airport hangar here, delivered a donation to a group that provides service dogs to veterans and, before inviting a few kids to run around on his Boeing 757, criticized the wars in the...

 

Peterson Bill Would Allow Marketing of Hemp-Derived CBD in Dietary Supplements

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2020) - Rep. Collin Peterson, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, introduced legislation today that would provide the Food and Drug Administration with the flexibility to allow hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to be marketed in dietary supplements. The bill would also require a study and...

 

Sanders and Khanna: How We Stop War With Iran

We are feeling a sense of déjà vu right now. A Republican administration is lying to the American people about the “imminent threat” posed by a Middle Eastern country. The Vice President is falsely claiming that the government in question is linked to the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks. Hawkish...

 

Sanders, Velázquez and Ocasio-Cortez Call on Trump to End Delay in Disaster Assistance after Earthquakes Rock Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, January 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sent a letter today demanding that the Trump administration end its delay in federal disaster assistance Puerto Rico in the face of the island’s urgent humanitarian needs following...

 

Trump Revives Warren's 'Pocahontas' Nickname In Twitter Attack

President Trump revived the "Pocahontas" nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a Twitter attack on Democratic candidates during what has been a busy morning on his timeline. Trump said Monday that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders "are trashing Elizabeth 'Pocahontus'...

 

Trump, Pelosi square off ahead of impeachment trial

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced off Sunday ahead of his impeachment trial, as she said senators will "pay a price" for blocking new witnesses and he quickly retorted that she and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff...

 

Sanders and Lee Call for Vote in the Senate for No War Against Iran Act

WASHINGTON, January 11 — Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan No War Against Iran Act, introduced by Sanders and co-sponsored by Lee: “As United States Senators, we often disagree on many issues. But standing up for the Constitution is...

 

Trump boasts Iranian general's death was 'American justice'

TOLEDO, Ohio - President Donald Trump used his first campaign election rally of 2020 to argue that he served up "American justice" by ordering a drone strike to take out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, while jeering Democratic leaders for questioning his decision to...

 

Gov. Tim Walz pitches $276 million in bonds for affordable housing

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the first phase of his 2020 state bonding proposal Thursday, recommending to the Legislature that Minnesota borrow $276 million to pay for affordable housing projects across the state. The DFL governor said the figure, an increase from levels...

 

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects challenge to state GOP's Trump-only primary ballot

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Party to list only President Donald Trump on GOP primary ballots. In a case that threatened to disrupt next week's early primary voting, the justices upheld a state election law allowing state party chairs to...

 

Sanders, Khanna Lead Dozens of Lawmakers in Introducing No War Against Iran Act

WASHINGTON, January 9 – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the No War Against Iran Act, which denies the Pentagon of any funds for unauthorized use of military force against Iran. A measure to prohibit funds for an unconstitutional war with Iran passed by a bipartisan 251-member vote in the House of Repres...

 

Speech: Sanders on Introduction of No War Against Iran Act

WASHINGTON, January 9 – This morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced the introduction of the No War Against Iran Act at a Capitol Hill press conference alongside colleagues Senators Leahy (D-Vt.), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Representatives Khanna (D-Calif.), Lee...

 

House to vote Thursday on curbing Trump actions against Iran

WASHINGTON - The House will vote Thursday on a measure limiting President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran as Democratic criticism of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general intensified. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the planned...

 

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