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Minnesota Legislature adjourns, with much of its work undone

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned on Monday with much of its work unfinished, a day after Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders struck a $48 billion deal on the state's next two-year budget. Despite a tentative compromise that funds schools, parks, public health care...

 

Speaker asks if Democrats deserve the black vote in Minneapolis speech

Growing up poor and black, Kofi Montzka considered herself a liberal. But after deeper consideration in college, she concluded that the Republican Party’s message was better for low-income people and racial minorities. Instead of telling those groups that they’re smart and equal, she said, liberals send the...

 

Walz, Minnesota lawmakers end budget impasse ahead of Monday deadline

Gov. Tim Walz and top Democratic and GOP lawmakers arrived at a hard-fought spending deal Sunday without the controversial gas tax hike the governor wanted, but with schools gaining significantly more money than Republicans had sought. The compromise, ending a...

 

Walz, Minnesota lawmakers end budget impasse ahead of Monday deadline

Gov. Tim Walz and top DFL and Republican lawmakers arrived at a hard-fought spending deal Sunday without the controversial gas tax hike the governor sought, ending a weekslong impasse over a two-year state budget. The spending package, topping out at more than $48...

 

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog....

 

Equality Act Passes U.S. House, Three MN Congressmen Vote NO

The so-called "Equality Act" passed the U.S. House yesterday. The bill, if it became law, would threaten single-sex changing rooms by making it illegal for schools to "discriminate" against transgender-identified students by enforcing a policy that all kids should use the bathroom appropriate to their birth sex, or...

 

'We are at somewhat of an impasse,' Sen. Rosen says before budget talks end for night

Closed-door budget talks between DFL Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders stretched into Thursday with no word of a deal, raising anxieties across the State Capitol as lawmakers confronted the possibility of a special session after Monday's deadline to adjourn. The...

 

Interim St. Paul council member who promised not to run now says he will

Some St. Paul City Council members are calling for the resignation of interim Council Member Kassim Busuri, following the launch Thursday of his campaign for the Sixth Ward seat - a role he promised not to seek permanently. In a campaign announcement Thursday, Busuri...

 

Trump pushes immigration plan favoring 'merit' over family

WASHINGTON — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, "totally brilliant," high-skilled workers he says won't compete...

 

Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor announces decision to step down

Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel has announced that he plans to step down, effective at the end of his current term, September 30. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said Lt. Governor Keel has served the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw people well....

 

Gianforte introduces Savanna's Act in U.S. House

Congressman Greg Gianforte and a bipartisan group of legislators introduced Savanna’s Act, a bill meant to address the missing and murdered Indigenous women’s crisis, this week in the United States House. Native American women face a murder rate 10 times higher than the national average, according to Gianforte,...

 

New Democratic divide on charter schools emerges, as support plummets among white Democrats

There’s a sharp racial divide among Democrats on charter schools, according to national data newly released to Chalkbeat. A separate poll commissioned by Democrats For Education Reform, an advocacy group that backs charter schools, was the first to illustrate a racial divide among Democrats on the issue. It found...

 

Minnesota gun control proposals hit obstacle in conference committee

Two gun-control measures deemed a top priority by Minnesota DFL lawmakers this session were dealt an all-but-fatal blow Tuesday after they failed to advance on a party-line vote in a joint conference committee on the state's public safety budget. The vote, coming after...

 

Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor. The Republican-dominated Alabama Senate voted 25-6 for the bill that would make...

 

AP source: Prosecutor to examine Russia probe origins

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," a person familiar with the matter told The...

 

Your state budget questions answered

There's been a lot of noise out of the State Capitol in recent days about lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz fighting over money. Q: So what's this all about?...

 

Gov. Walz and legislative leaders fail to reach agreement Sunday night

Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement during a negotiating session Sunday night, with just one week remaining to bridge major divides and pass a state budget. Lawmakers are working to pass a two-year spending plan expected to top $45...

 

Gender equity, violence bills get debate amid budget battle

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Several initiatives to promote gender equity and reduce gender-based violence are in play as Minnesota's legislative session nears an end, ranging from a potential overhaul of the state's sexual assault laws to making it easier to sue for sexual harassment. The House on Thursday unanimously passed...

 
 By Nathan Green    Politics    May 13, 2019

Rep. Grossell Facing New Disorderly Conduct Charge In Connection With St. Paul Incident

A local state representative is now facing an additional charge in connection with an incident that happened early Saturday morning in St. Paul. Police officials say Matt Grossell of Clearbrook was arrested when he refused to leave a St. Paul hospital where he was taken after allegedly causing a commotion at a hotel...

 

Additional citation filed against Minn. lawmaker arrested over weekend

ST. PAUL — A state lawmaker is now charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly scuffling with a security guard at a St. Paul bar hours before he was cited for refusing to leave a nearby hospital. Rep. Matt Grossell, who was arrested Saturday, May 4, pushed a security guard several times before pulling him to the...

 

New Klamath Tribes council sworn in

A full crowd packed into the Klamath Tribes headquarters in Chiloquin last week to witness the swearing in ceremony of the new council. A flag procession by the Tribal Veterans Committee led in the new officials, while the White Sage singers sang a flag song then an Honor Song. https://www.heraldand...

 

Vice President Mike Pence comes to Minnesota to talk up revamped Mexico-Canada trade deal

Vice President Mike Pence toured a St. Paul steel mill Thursday, rallying a crowd of 200 steelworkers and imploring Congress to pass the revised trade pact with Mexico and Canada. Pence said the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would be the largest trade...

 

Lynn Beyak suspended from Senate after refusing to take down letters condemned as racist

Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for the remainder of this parliamentary session after declining to remove letters from her website that have been widely condemned as racist, and for refusing to apologize for posting them. In a 15-minute speech to the Red Chamber Thursday, Beyak said she believes she is...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar defends progressive credentials in Fox News town hall

Sen. Amy Klobuchar called herself a progressive who can get things done Wednesday night at a Fox News town hall, pitching her campaign message on a station whose viewers are not necessarily inclined to support Democrats. "Progressives should support me because I am a...

 

BP: Additional citation filed against Minn. lawmaker arrested over weekend

ST. PAUL - A state lawmaker is now charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly scuffling with a security guard at a St. Paul bar hours before he was cited for refusing to leave a nearby hospital. Rep. Matt Grossell, who was arrested Saturday, May 4, pushed a security...

 

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