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Supporters rally around Rep. Ilhan Omar following 'send-her-back' attacks

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar was engulfed in a crowd of cheering supporters Thursday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a loud counterpoint to a turbulent week in Congress where she came under a sustained rhetorical assault from President Donald Trump and his supporters. More than 100 people filled the baggage...

 

Biden, Harris are set for rematch in 2nd Democratic debate

ATLANTA - Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will get a debate rematch in the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates, while Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will share a stage to argue their progressive visions. CNN randomly assigned 20 candidates to the...

 

Sanders Statement on House Passage of $15 Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, July 18 — Senator Sanders released the following statement on the passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives: “Four years ago, when I first introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour it was considered an impossible dream. “But today, thanks to a...

 

'Strictly for white people': Trump's comments on minority lawmakers spur debate on American identity

Sia Her remembers being told to go back to her country as a young Hmong-American refugee growing up in California. She knew she was from somewhere else, but that her family could not return. It has been many years since Her heard those insults. In her personal life...

 

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to...

 

Trump delves into accusation about Rep. Ilhan Omar's marital history

Days after suggesting that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar should go back to Somalia, President Donald Trump weighed in publicly on allegations that she had married her brother to skirt immigration laws, a charge she has vehemently denied. "There's a lot of talk about the fact...

 

Democrats condemn Trump remarks against Rep. Ilhan Omar, colleagues

Washington – Minnesotans in the U.S. House split along party lines in the vote denouncing President Donald Trump over tweets and comments widely seen as racist that singled out U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and three congressional representatives who are women of color. Omar,...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential bid is 'at a crossroads'

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's fundraising totals for the second quarter of her Democratic presidential campaign landed her in second place among the second-tier candidates. Her five top-ranked competitors - measured by their war chests and poll standings - are former Vice...

 

Sanders and Omar Lead Group of Dozen Lawmakers Calling for Investigation of Amazon Workplace Abuse

Washington, July 16 — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) led a group of 13 members of Congress urging the Department of Labor to immediately investigate chronic violations of workplace safety at all Amazon warehouses, “owing to the breadth and severity of past violations as well as mounting...

 

President Trump attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar at White House ceremony

Washington – President Donald Trump, under fire for tweets attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar and three other first-term Democratic congresswomen, renewed his assault on the Minnesota Democrat on Monday during a formal presentation before dozens of business owners gathered on...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar raises nearly $3.9 million, keeping her competitive

WASHINGTON – Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised nearly $3.9 million for her presidential bid over the past three months, lagging far behind the leaders in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, but tallying enough cash to keep her on the campaign trail....

 

Leave the U.S., Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

WASHINGTON - Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar scrambles to make cut for key third debate

Washington – The dog days of summer could be crucial to Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential hopes. Polling consistently in the low single digits, far behind the leaders, the Minnesota senator has taken out a slew of Facebook ads and dispatched hometown supporters...

 

Trump removes only Indian on Cultural Property Committee

WASHINGTON — President Trump has expressed his intent to remove Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the first and only American Indian representation on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. State Department and appoint Stefan C. Passatino in her place....

 

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year's census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. He insisted he was "not backing down,"...

 

BP: Walz holds roundtable to discuss Minnesota's limited rural child care

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Discussions took on something of a bleak tone when the plight of families — particularly young, rural and working parents — came up during discussion. “People are desperate,” said Christine Gesme of Harmony House of Little Falls, who noted she no longer adds more parents to her waiting...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar calls for labor secretary to quit for role in financier's sex plea

WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar is calling on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to step down over his role in a previous plea deal for accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. "Since when do underage girl sex traffickers get to go to their office every day...

 

Trump tweets support for restoring Pledge of Allegiance at St. Louis Park council meetings

Those fighting to restore the Pledge of Allegiance before St. Louis Park City Council meetings have a new ally. President Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning, "Outrage is growing in the Great State of Minnesota where our Patriots are now having to fight for...

 

Sanders, Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez Announce Introduction of Climate Emergency Resolution

WASHINGTON, July 9 – On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced the introduction of a resolution in both chambers of Congress to declare that the climate emergency facing the planet demands a “national, social, industrial, and economic...

 

Democratic Presidential Candidates Make Their Pitches to Teachers' Union Leaders

Ten Democratic presidential contenders pledged to bring back respect to the teaching profession and, in many cases, raise teacher pay as they made their pitches to the delegates of the nation's largest teachers' union. Former Vice President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former HUD Secretary Julian...

 

Grand Portage Band elects first woman as tribal chair

Beth Drost, who has worked as a National Park Service ranger for the past 12 years, will become the next chairperson of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - the first woman ever elected to the post. Drost defeated another woman - interim chair Marie Spry...

 

Republican Karin Housley won't run for U.S. Senate in 2020

Republican state Sen. Karin Housley announced Tuesday that she won't seek a rematch against Democrat Tina Smith for U.S. Senate in 2020. Housley, who lost to Smith by double digits in 2018, has been publicly mulling another U.S. Senate bid for months. But on Tuesday,...

 

VP Pence abruptly cancels New Hampshire trip

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has abruptly canceled a planned trip to New Hampshire, but the White House and his office refuse to say why. White House spokesman Judd Deere said only that, "Something came up and the VP needed to be in D.C.," adding: "there is no cause for alarm." http://ww...

 

Governor Walz Proclaims "Hire A Veteran Month" in Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Governor Tim Walz has declared July 2019 “Hire a Veteran Month” in the State of Minnesota. Governor Walz’s proclamation encourages all Minnesota employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities during the month of July, and to continue hiring veterans throughout the...

 

Trump lashes out at New York governor, attorney general

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump lashed out at New York's governor and attorney general Monday, accusing the Democrats of going after him in a "political Witch Hunt." In four tweets, Trump accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James of "harassing all...

 

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