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Senate Republicans propose free insulin program

Diabetics could get free insulin through their doctors under a proposal Senate Republicans offered Thursday, but Democrats said the plan doesn't do enough for people in emergency situations. While lawmakers in both parties say they want to help diabetics who are...

 

Whistleblower complaint about Trump centers on Ukraine

WASHINGTON – A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch. The complaint involved...

 

House passes short-term spending bill, punting shutdown fight to November House passes short-term spending bill, punting shutdown fight to November

WASHINGTON - The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to keep the government open through late November, setting up a huge showdown later this year over President Donald Trump's border wall that could force another shutdown before Thanksgiving. The short-term nature of Thursday's legislation was the result of failed...

 

Local Bemidji Attorney Running For State Senate District 5

Red Lake Tribal Member and Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures Staff Attorney Charles Dolson announced he is running for State Senate District 5 in Minnesota. Dolson is running for the seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Justin Eichorn, who is running for reelection. D...

 

Congress's Looming $4 Billion Showdown Over Education Funding: As Senate Releases 2020 Priorities, a Huge Split With House Over Title I, IDEA, Charters & More

Senate Appropriations Committee leaders released their bill funding the Education Department Wednesday, setting up a collision course with the House as lawmakers work to fund the federal government for 2020. The Senate bill differs significantly from the version the House passed in June. For the Education Department...

 

The Trump Administration Deploys the First Biometric Kiosk at a BIA Agency for Foster Parent Background Checks

ANADARKO, Okla. – Today, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney praised the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Anadarko Agency for deploying the first Tribal Access Program (TAP) biometric/biographic kiosk workstation. The TAP kiosk will help process finger and palm prints, take mugshots, and access...

 

Peterson, McMorris Rodgers, Fortenberry, Cuellar establish 4-H Congressional Caucus

WASHINGTON-Today, Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) announced the establishment of the 4-H Congressional Caucus in the 116th Congress. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering young people through...

 

Biden parries attacks from rivals in fiery Democratic debate

HOUSTON - Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate...

 

Dolson seeks DFL endorsement in District 5

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji resident and Red Lake Tribal member Charles Dolson has decided to join the 2020 election cycle with a bid to represent Minnesota District 5 in the Senate. Dolson, a 42-year-old who referred to himself as a "corporate counsel" in a press release, is...

 

Peterson receives Growth Energy's 2019 "Fueling Growth" Award

WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson received the 2019 "Fueling Growth" Award from Growth Energy for his leadership advocating for renewable fuels. "Biofuels remains an important market for farmers in my district and American...

 

Peterson pushes for flexibility for cattle producers and haulers

WASHINGTON– Representative Collin C. Peterson signed on to a bipartisan letter, led by Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT), to aid cattle producers and live-cattle haulers who face a crisis because of an August fire. In early August, the Tyson beef processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas was shut down after a fire. The...

 

Minnesota lawmakers explore assisted suicide legislation

Minnesota lawmakers heard passionate testimony Wednesday on both sides of a hotly disputed proposal to allow people with terminal illnesses to end their lives with the help of medical professionals. Many Democrats in the Minnesota House back a bill allowing medically...

 

DFL lawmaker resigns from University of Minnesota post after questions about hiring

A top DFL legislator announced Wednesday that he is resigning from a paid fellowship at the University of Minnesota after Republicans raised questions about preferential treatment in filling the post. Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, accepted a seven-month research fellowship at the Institute on the Environment’s...

 

Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges. The sudden shake-up marked the latest departure of...

 

Peterson urges EPA to finalize wood heater rule

WASHINGTON-Representative Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the EPA’s failure to finalize the wood heater rule that would give Minnesota manufacturers more time to develop wood heater models that meet the EPA’s newer standards. Without action, wood heater manufacturers will be...

 

Influential tribe set to play key role in NC election

PEMBROKE, N.C. — Republicans and Democrats are working in a last-ditch effort to turn out voters from North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe ahead of the critical special election in the 9th District. The tribe, the largest east of the Mississippi, could play a deciding factor in the race, which is among the first tests of...

 

Poverty a Death Sentence, Sanders Declares, as GAO Links Inequality to Mortality

WASHINGTON, September 9 – A groundbreaking Government Accountability Office (GAO) study commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), released today, provides a comprehensive picture of income, wealth, life expectancy, and retirement security among older Americans. GAO found not only that the rich are getting richer...

 

Trump's Taliban invite another bold risk that's unraveled

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's weekend tweet canceling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and Afghan leaders just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is the latest example of a commander in chief willing to take a big risk in pursuit...

 

Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump's mindset

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump doesn't make mistakes. At least according to him. Trump's relentless justifications of his erroneous warnings that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama on Sunday, which created days of ridicule and skepticism, are just the latest...

 

D.C. consultant denies Rep. Ilhan Omar affair

Washington – A Washington, D.C., political consultant has denied a claim by his estranged wife alleging that he was leaving her for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. Tim Mynett, a Democratic fundraising consultant who works with Omar, also disputed allegations that his business...

 

Voters Head To Polls In Eastern Band Of Cherokee Elections

Voters will cast their ballots this week in elections for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal government. Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Western North Carolina reporter Lilly Knoepp sat down with the two candidates running for principal chief of the Eastern Band: current Chief Richard Sneed and longtime tribal...

 

Tribal leaders say 2020 should be about 'life or death' issues, not Warren's DNA

(WASHINGTON) — Tribal leaders say it’s a grave disappointment that the political focus on Native Americans these days can seem limited to their reaction to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results or President Donald Trump calling her “Pocahontas” to disparage her fraught history of claiming Native American...

 

Minnesota Democrats make push on recreational marijuana, Senate GOP pumps the brakes

Minnesota House Democrats will fan out to 15 communities across the state to build support for legalizing recreational marijuana, setting up a showdown with the Senate Republicans who remain opposed to changes in the law when the Legislature convenes next year. The...

 

Complaint alleges campaign finance violation by Rep. Ilhan Omar

A conservative group filed a complaint Wednesday alleging that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar illegally used campaign funds to pay travel expenses for the consultant whose wife has accused him of an affair with the Minnesota Democrat. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC)...

 

State Rep. Matt Grossell demoted for drunken arrest, implied threat to officers

State Rep. Matt Grossell has been removed from the House Public Safety and Judiciary committees after House Speaker Melissa Hortman deemed he had abused his office during a drunken arrest in May. Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was charged with disorderly conduct and...

 

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