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Other 2020 Dems begin sharpening criticism of Beto O'Rourke

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Back when he was still just teasing a presidential run, Beto O'Rourke told Vanity Fair he was "born to be in" the race. Now that he's campaigning to far greater media attention and much larger crowds than many Democrats who've been competing longer,...

 

Biden's verbal slip about campaign draws Democrats' cheers

DOVER, Del. - Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware Democratic Party,...

 

New Mexico Legislature approves Indigenous People's Day bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day won final approval Friday in the state Legislature following a lengthy and sometimes emotional debate. The Senate voted 22-15 to approve the bill pushed by Native American activists. https://www.sfgate.com/news/a...

 

Deb Haaland Shames GOP For Trying To Strip Protections From Abused Native Women

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) on Thursday ripped House Republicans who tried this week to strip protections for Native American women from the Violence Against Women Act. During a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women, Haaland said she was painfully reminded...

 

Manafort gets 7 years in prison, then faces fresh NY charges

WASHINGTON - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside the president's power to...

 

First lady: 'We are coming' after Minnesota senators who don't support gun restrictions

Behind chants of "bring it up for a vote," hundreds of gun control advocates joined Democratic state legislators Wednesday in urging the Republican-controlled Senate to take up two measures that are close to passing the House. One of the loudest voices leading the charge at Wednesday's rally inside the State Capitol...

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's budget would increase fees on boating, opioids, water users

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal would impose a 20-cent-per-gallon gas tax that he said would help create the finest transportation system in the world. With less fanfare, however, Walz's budget would also tax drivers while they're at their local DMV, hitting...

 

Trump administration proposes $7.1 billion funding cut to Education Department

The Trump administration is looking to decrease the Education Department’s funding by $7.1 billion compared to what it was given last year, as part of next year’s proposed budget. The budget proposal suggests eliminating 29 programs, including after-school and summer programs for students in high-poverty areas,...

 

Minnesota Senate rejects legalizing recreational marijuana

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate voted down a measure Monday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, abruptly ending debate on the subject - for now. State Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, who gave the bill a hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary and...

 

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana use fails in State Senate committee

A bill that would have made recreational marijuana legal in Minnesota was voted down by a margin of 6-3 in the Minnesota Senate's Judiciary Committee Monday. KSTP's Tom Hauser reports the vote came after testimony on both sides of the issue. https://kstp.com/politics/bill-to-legalize-recreational-ma...

 

Walz: Collapsing dairy barns threaten Minnesota economy

ALTURA, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says dairy barns collapsing due to heavy snowfall are threatening the state's economy. Walz and Sen. Tina Smith met with dairy farmers near Altura in southeastern Minnesota on Saturday. Dozens of barn roofs have collapsed in...

 

Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, two administration officials said Sunday, setting up another showdown with Congress, which has resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign...

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar's actions fuel fresh doubts, divisions in her district

Jeffrey Prottas is deeply troubled by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's use of language long seen by many as anti-Semitic. Mohammed Amin thinks Omar is being unfairly targeted by critics. David Dobkin just wants the political firestorm to end. "I hope the conversation for the...

 

Klobuchar falling behind early Iowa favorites Biden, Sanders, polling shows

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released this weekend, underscoring how the nomination process for the Democratic Party has, to this early point, been defined by the two figures with the largest...

 

Rep. Deb Haaland Is Given a Bipartisan Standing Ovation for Being the First Native American Woman to Preside Over the House Proceedings in Congress

During a House committee meeting on Friday, as first-term Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) presided over the floor of the House, Republican Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois asked the House to recognize the history that Haaland was making. Davis stated: https://secondnexus.com/news/haaland-bi...

 

U.S. House passes anti-hate resolution prompted by Rep. Ilhan Omar

Washington – The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted Thursday for an expansive condemnation of bigotry, as Democrats struggled to extinguish a controversy over anti-Semitism precipitated by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. "Whether from the political right, center, or left,...

 

Rep. Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Woman to Sit in Speaker's Chair

WASHINGTON — Today Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) became the first Native American woman to sit in the Speaker’s chair during debate. Haaland presided over debate on H.R. 1, the For the People Act. The For the People Act is House Democrats’ transformative bill aimed at ending corruption in politics and...

 

Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites: Senators Want to Know Why

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs,Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar calling on him to explain why HHS removed vital health care resources for...

 

Civics Education Bills Are on Legislative Agendas in Seven States

While most states require students to study civics in some sort of capacity, just eight mandate a yearlong civics or government class as a graduation requirement, according to a 2018 50-state survey by Education Week. But that number may soon grow as a flurry of civics education bills inch through state legislatures...

 

House unanimously approves Mosbrucker's missing and murdered indigenous persons bill

Legislation by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker to further investigations of missing and murdered indigenous women and other indigenous persons gained unanimous approval by the Washington State House of Representatives Tuesday. House Bill 1713 continues upon legislation passed last year that brought the State Patrol together with...

 

Breaking an environmental impasse, Gov. Tim Walz signs Minnesota bonding bill

Gov. Tim Walz signed into law Tuesday $102 million worth of clean water and natural resources projects, and he potentially resolved a lawsuit by environmental groups over what they said was a raid on a state conservation trust fund. The projects, which include new and...

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar in trouble with fellow Democrats in Washington

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan on voting Wednesday on a resolution condemning comments made by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar that many of her colleagues viewed as anti-Semitic, Politico reported Monday. The firestorm erupted over comments Omar made last...

 

Fast food at White House for North Dakota football champs

WASHINGTON - The smell of burgers and fries wafted through the State Dining Room as President Donald Trump celebrated the championship football players from North Dakota State on Monday with fast food, like he did when he honored the national champion Clemson Tigers....

 

Lawmakers move to close licensing 'loophole,' critics say it will mean less teacher diversity

Minnesota House Democrats want to close what they say is a loophole in the state’s new teacher licensing system, but opponents argue the result will be a less diverse workforce of educators. State Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, is chief sponsor of a bill that would eliminate one of the more contentious...

 

Adviser says Trump 'gave nothing away' in North Korea talks

WASHINGTON - The White House national security adviser on Sunday described President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success despite the lack of an agreement providing for the verifiable dismantling of the North's nuclear sites. John...

 

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