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Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the highly watched contest for...

 

Gov. Mark Dayton has been hospitalized for a month

Gov. Mark Dayton has remained hospitalized at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for the past month after complications from a back surgery. The governor said during an interview this week that he was still at Mayo because of "post-surgical complications" that damaged his lungs. He has been going through physical therapy, and...

 

Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress. Trump said the bill "will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second...

 

Lumbee Tribal Council elections set for Tuesday

Robeson County, N.C. (WPDE) — Lumbee Tribal Council elections take place Tuesday at different polling places across Robeson County. There are seven different district or council seats up for grabs, including the Lumbee Tribal Council chairman's position. https://wpde.com/news/local/lumbee-tribal-c...

 

Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke said it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in...

 

Navajo Election Administration OKs extra voting days

FARMINGTON — In response to the ballot shortage that occurred during the Navajo Nation general election last week, the Navajo Election Administration has authorized extra voting days for voters who left their contact information at polling sites in lieu of getting to cast a ballot. As part of the process, the...

 

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up three bills at a legislative hearing on Wednesday. The bills address issues for tribes in Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma. The witness list follows: https://www.indianz.com/News/2018/11/13/witness-list-for-senate-committee-on-ind-7.asp...

 

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

PHOENIX — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week...

 

Minnesota is sending big freshman class to Congress

WASHINGTON — Minnesota’s congressional delegation is undergoing a dramatic shift in influence and experience as half the state’s members will be new when Congress convenes in January. Minnesota’s five new representatives are replacing members with 42 years of accumulated seniority and several influential...

 

Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

PARIS — For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise....

 

'It's our time': U.S. midterm wins mean victory for Indigenous women worldwide, say voters and leaders

When the United States midterm election results starting rolling in on social media with a solid win for two Native American women to Congress, Laurie Ahdemar's heart started pounding. "I was smiling ear to ear. I was inspired. I thought, this is huge," Ahdemar told the CBC in Blaine, Wash. https://...

 

Inside the Republican Strategy to Discredit the Florida Recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a cold political calculation: Treat the recount as the next phase of a campaign to secure the party’s majority and agenda in the Senate. That...

 

Indigenous congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland reflects on historic win

Deb Haaland was one of two Indigenous women to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and she says she can't be happier with the historic win. Joining Haaland as another Native American woman elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Sharice Davids, a former mixed-martial arts fighter and Cornell...

 

Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored

NEW YORK — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said Thursday. White House...

 

Gov.-elect Tim Walz promises everyone a 'seat at the table'

Tim Walz walked up the steps of the State Capitol for the first time as governor-elect on Thursday, a made-for-TV moment to kick off a transition process that will have him take over as Minnesota's 41st governor in just under two months. Among his first decisions: Walz named longtime aide Chris Schmitter, an attorney...

 

US immigration officials move to restrict asylum at border

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it will deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking extraordinary presidential national security powers to tighten the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The measures are meant to funnel asylum seekers...

 

Democrats' leader on education preps for new role as check on Betsy DeVos

The Democrat poised to chair the House Education Committee said Wednesday that he will use his power to compel answers from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her staff, and will seek common ground with Republicans on addressing soaring college costs. But with Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives...

 

Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel's Russia investigation. The move...

 

Minnesota suburbs, like many nationwide, swing to Democrats in election

The insurgency that swept Democrats into power in the U.S. House was led by suburban voters, both in the Twin Cities area and across the country. They fueled wins by Democrats Angie Craig and Dean Phillips, who unseated Republican incumbents in the Second and Third congressional districts — which together wrap...

 

In Wisconsin, Walker falls to lingering resentments and fresh impatience

HUDSON, WIS. – After two terms, one recall attempt and a failed presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was rejected Tuesday by voters weary of his ties to President Donald Trump, cuts to education and antagonism toward unions. Walker conceded Wednesday afternoon to Tony Evers, superintendent of the state’s...

 

Five takeaways from Minnesota's 2018 election

Democrats resurgent Minnesota Democrats came roaring back to life. After the 2016 election, Democrats were worried that Minnesota was just one more Republican victory away from becoming like GOP-controlled Wisconsin. But helped by a massive turnout operation in the Twin Cities, and suburban voters' rejection of...

 

BP: Eight was enough in 5A House race: Recount on the table in contest between Persell-Bliss

BEMIDJI—Eight votes. When all was said and done Election Night, only eight votes separated the two candidates running for Minnesota House District 5A. Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate John Persell of Bemidji ended the night with a lead of 8,452-8,444 over Republican incumbent Rep. Matt Bliss. There were also seven...

 

BP: Persell edges Bliss in 5A by 4 votes; Grossell, Green re-elected

BEMIDJI -- Local Minnesota House races remained close Tuesday night, with votes still coming in. With all 71 precincts reporting, Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate John Persell, 68, Bemidji, held a 8,434-8,430 vote lead over incumbent Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington. Meanwhile, in District 2A, 53-year-old incumbent Matt...

 

Women's Group Applauds Ruth Buffalo's Victory in North Dakota's 27th State House District

Statement from Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet PAC: “Congratulations to Ruth Buffalo on her tremendous victory last night to represent the people of North Dakota’s 27th District in the State House. Leaders like Buffalo are changing the direction of this country and how Democrats...

 

Deb Haaland Elected to be First Native American Women in Congress

Albuquerque, NM -- New Mexico’s First Congressional District has officially made history and Deb Haaland has been elected as one of the nation’s first Native American Congresswoman. Following the historic win, Haaland addressed a crowd of supporters at the Albuquerque Hotel. “New Mexico made history tonight,...

 

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