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President Trump's approval falls in new Minnesota Poll

President Donald Trump’s popularity is on the decline in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll that shows a majority of likely voters disapprove of his job performance. Statewide, 56 percent disapprove of Trump, while 39 percent approve. The Republican president remains popular with his...

 

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

NEW BERN, N.C. — Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury,...

 

Jeff Johnson, Tim Walz debate how to make Minnesota schools better

The two major party candidates for governor highlighted starkly different visions for Minnesota in a debate that saw them clash over how best to help struggling schools and students. The main subject of the forum sponsored by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in Plymouth was Minnesota’s perpetual shortage of skilled...

 

BP: County eyes 4.48 percent levy increase

BEMIDJI—With rising costs and a revenue stream ending, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to pass a preliminary tax levy increase of 4.48 percent and a budget that will impact staffing levels. The impacts from county staffing was the main topic at Tuesday's meeting as County Administrator Kay...

 

Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter sent Tuesday to the panel. The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is...

 

Minnesota Poll: Keith Ellison holds slim lead in attorney general's race

Democrat Keith Ellison holds a narrow lead over Republican Doug Wardlow in the Minnesota attorney general’s race with many voters still undecided, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll. Across the state, 41 percent of voters said they would vote for Ellison, a U.S. congressman. Another 36 percent...

 

Biofuels Caucus Co-Chairs send letter in support of Renewable Volume Obligations

WASHINGTON - Congressman Collin C. Peterson today led a letter with fellow Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in regards to the 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter strongly...

 

Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10 percent, beginning Monday...

 

Minnesota Poll: Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith lead in U.S. Senate races

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has an imposing lead over Republican challenger Jim Newberger, while U.S. Sen. Tina Smith holds a much smaller advantage over state Sen. Karin Housley in the special election race for Minnesota’s other U.S. Senate seat. A new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll found that Smith, appointed by...

 

Gun Lake Tribe Name New Chairman

BRADLEY, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) - The new chairman of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, better known as the Gun Lake Tribe, is Bob Peters. The tribe made the announcement on Monday after the Tribal Council selected the four-year veteran of the panel to be its leader last Thursday. Peters, with nearly...

 

Minnesota Poll: Tim Walz leads Jeff Johnson in governor's race

DFLer Tim Walz leads Republican Jeff Johnson in the race for governor with less than two months to the election, a Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll has found. Walz holds a 9-point advantage over Johnson, at 45 to 36 percent. The poll finds about one in six voters still undecided in the race, and nearly one in five...

 

Early voting starts Friday across Minnesota

Minnesotans who have made up their minds about the state’s many political races do not have to wait much longer to vote. Election Day is still a month and a half away, but voters who are unable to make it to the polls Nov. 6 — or prefer to beat the crowds or vote from the comfort of their home — can opt to vote...

 

Lawmakers Strike Deal on Education Spending, Omit Ban on Money for Guns

The U.S. Department of Education would get a $581 million increase in total funding, and programs for special education, career and technical education, and charter schools would also get more money, through a spending deal struck by lawmakers Thursday. A conference committee of House and Senate members who oversee...

 

Trump decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods

President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, two people briefed on the decision said, one of the most severe economic restrictions ever imposed by a U.S. president. An announcement is expected to come within days, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because...

 

Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona

WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said...

 

Results from Navajo Nation primary election certified

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certified the results from the tribe's Aug. 28 primary election during a meeting here on Thursday. Board members voted 5-0 in favor of canvassing the election results for the tribal presidency and the Navajo Nation Council, and offices for agencies and...

 

President Trump's disputing of hurricane deaths called 'a new low'

President Donald Trump on Thursday falsely accused Democrats of inflating the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, rejecting that government’s assessment that the storm had claimed nearly 3,000 lives. Trump said that the toll was only six to 18 dead after his visit following the storm but that...

 

Walz, Johnson diverge on how to pay for opioid fight

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – The two major-party candidates for governor disagreed Thursday about how the state should tackle the opioid epidemic, an issue of growing concern for county leaders worried about the increasing burden on local budgets of preventing and treating addiction. At an Association of Minnesota Counties...

 

Where's the mute button? Swarm of political ads has arrived in Minnesota

Minnesotans are getting a taste of what it’s like to be one of the most crucial battleground states this election year. How so? Their favorite TV programs, sporting contests and digital platforms are about to be awash in political ads. Following a post-primary lull, campaigns and outside groups are suddenly spending...

 

Peterson announces DOT grants awarded to regional airports

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded grants for regional airports across the Seventh District. “As a pilot I understand the importance of our rural airports, all of which improve options for transportation and comm...

 

Ad campaign thrusts health care into governor's race

A Democratic-leaning group has launched an ad campaign against Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson, accusing him of pushing policies that would take health care away from people who need it. In a statement, Johnson called the ads "blatant lies intended to cover up the fact that the DFL candidate for...

 

Democrats Seek Ban on Funding for Guns at Schools Through Spending Bill

Democrats on Capitol Hill are using just about every tool they can think of to try to stop Every Student Succeeds Act money from being used by schools to purchase firearms. On Friday, two top Democrats on the House education committee asked congressional leadership to include a ban on Title IV money from going to guns...

 

Republican Secretary of State candidate hurt in parade float crash

Republican Secretary of State candidate John Howe was injured Sunday afternoon in Carver when his float crashed just after the city’s Steamboat Days parade had ended. His campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, was also hurt. Officers were dispatched to the corner of Hickory and Main Streets in Carver at 2:42 p.m. to assist...

 

Trump administration discussed coup plans with rebel Venezuelan officers

The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela over the last year to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks. Establishing a clandestine channel with...

 

Minnesota sees surge in new voter registrations ahead of competitive November midterm elections

Voter registrations are surging in Minnesota, especially among young adults. New state data released at the end of last week show that 52,644 new voters have registered to vote so far this year — more than double the number of new voters registered at this time in 2014, the last year in which the state held a...

 

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