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Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday

BOSTON - The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. The White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to extend the federal...

 

Infrastructure deal: Senate suddenly acts to take up bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday night to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that's key to President Joe Biden's agenda. Biden welcomed...

 

Senators, White House in crunch time on infrastructure deal

WASHINGTON - Time running short, senators and the White House worked furiously Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure intensifying on all sides to wrap up talks on President Joe Biden's top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, several issues are still unresolved over the nearly $1...

 

Grossell Statement on Red Lake Officer Killed in Line of Duty

SAINT PAUL, MN - Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, issued the following statement about the death of a police officer killed today in the line of duty on the Red Lake Indian Reservation: "I'm devastated to learn of the Red Lake Officer killed today in the line of duty. I'm grateful that the Beltrami County Sheriff's office was able to respond quickly and that the suspect has...

 

Rep. John Thompson won't step down, wife denies abuse allegations

Rep. John Thompson said Monday that he will not resign amid reports of previous domestic abuse allegations that his wife and a group of supporters denied in a news conference outside the State Capitol. "If you're not careful, the oppressor will have you believe that they're the ones being oppressed," said Thompson, DFL-St....

 

Police: Thompson apologizes to St. Paul officer for racial profiling comments

Rep. John Thompson has apologized to the St. Paul police officer he accused of racial profiling during a traffic stop July 4, one of several high-profile controversies that have embroiled the first-term representative recently. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell had demanded Thompson apologize for the profiling accusation after...

 

Pelosi appoints 2nd GOP critic of Trump to Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot and pledged that the Democratic-majority panel will "get to the truth." Kinzinger said he "humbly accepted" the appointment even as his party's leadership...

 

US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government special brigade that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control listed Alvaro...

 

Pelosi says 'deadly serious' Jan. 6 probe to go without GOP

WASHINGTON - Unfazed by Republican threats of a boycott, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday that a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take on its "deadly serious" work whether Republicans participate or not. The Republicans' House leader, Kevin McCarthy, called the committee a...

 

Hortman: No action against Rep. Thompson until court cases resolved

House Speaker Melissa Hortman said Wednesday that she will wait until the end of court proceedings involving Rep. John Thompson before taking further action against the St. Paul Democrat who has refused her call to step down. Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, is among a wide cast of DFL state party leaders - including Gov. Tim Walz -...

 

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision the Republican denounced as "an egregious abuse of power." McCarthy said the GOP won't participate in the investigation if...

 

Gov. Tim Walz repeats his insistence that Rep. John Thompson resign

Gov. Tim Walz on Monday again insisted that state Rep. John Thompson resign over reports of multiple domestic violence accusations as House DFL leaders considered what to do about the lawmaker's refusal to step down. Police reports from three departments detail five domestic assault cases, some that took place in front of...

 

Rep. John Thompson denies allegations, as Walz and top Democrats call for his resignation

Minnesota's top Democratic officials are calling for the resignation of state Rep. John Thompson amid reports of past domestic violence allegations, the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the first-term lawmaker. The four domestic assault cases spanned 2003-10 and included allegations that Thompson punched and...

 

Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Nationwide Introduced

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act that will legalize cannabis nationwide and present opportunities for people of color to participate in the industry. Several tribes and Native-owned business enterprises...

 

Biden pitches huge budget, says Dems will 'get a lot done'

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden made a quick foray to the Capitol on Wednesday hunting support for his multitrillion-dollar agenda of infrastructure, health care and other programs, a potential landmark achievement that would require near-unanimous backing from fractious Democrats. His visit came a day after Senate Democratic...

 

GOP responds to anti-Line 3 rally

ST. PAUL — In response to today's anti-Line 3 rally which featured multiple Metro Democrat legislators, members of the Senate and House GOP issued the following joint statement. "Once again we have Metro area legislators hundreds of miles from Line 3 construction taking part in another protest against the project. While we respect the opinions of our colleagues in the...

 

Inter-Tribal Council McGirt decision

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (ITC) met July 9 in its first in-person general session since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The session also marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which affirmed the Muscogee Nation reservation was never disestablished and its...

 

Minnesota Rep. John Thompson's out-of-state license draws sharp rebuke

Minnesota Rep. John Thompson's admission that he's held an out-of-state driver's license for years led a state police association on Tuesday to ask the Wisconsin attorney general to pursue charges against him, and it led one GOP senator to question the process for verifying where legislators live. The Democrat, who represents...

 

Biden blasts 'un-American' voting limits; Texas Dems act

PHILADELPHIA - President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national "test of our time" on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their state. Biden, who has proclaimed protecting...

 

Rep. John Thompson calls for swift release of body camera footage from traffic stop

Minnesota Rep. John Thompson, who claimed he was racially profiled during a July 4 traffic stop, said he supports the release of body camera video from the St. Paul police officer who pulled him over. "It is within the power of the St. Paul Police to release that footage, and I am not a barrier to that," said Thompson, DFL-St....

 

Sanders, Biden meet as infrastructure bill swells past $3.5T

WASHINGTON - Emerging from a private meeting at the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that he and President Joe Biden are on the same page as Democrats draft a "transformative" infrastructure package unleashing more than $3.5 trillion in domestic investments on par with the New Deal of the 1930s. Sanders, chairman of...

 

LOCAL LEGISLATORS RESPOND TO ESCALATING PROTESTS OVER LINE 3 PROJECT

ST. PAUL, MN – Local Representatives John Burkel, R-Badger, Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, and Senator Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, released the following statement regarding the escalating protests over the construction of the Line 3 Replacement Project: “Over the past few weeks we have watched as protestors, many from outside of Minnesota,...

 

'Overdue': Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said Thursday the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan will end on Aug. 31, delivering an impassioned argument for exiting the nearly 20-year war without sacrificing more American lives even as he bluntly acknowledged there will be no "mission accomplished" moment to celebrate. Biden pushed...

 

Native Tribes Are Suing South Dakota Over Failures to Register Voters

The National Voter Registration Act, sometimes called Motor-Voter, is a federal law requiring that states help their citizens register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state-run public assistance agencies. Today, several new plaintiffs are joining two Native American tribes in suing South Dakota, claiming that routine violations of the law in the...

 

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn says cancer has returned

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn said Wednesday his kidney cancer has returned, just months after he shared a positive development about his health with the public. "Be assured, I will continue to fight for America and serve the people of Minnesota's First Congressional District with the highest level of energy and...

 

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