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Fiery Democratic debate: Race, age, health care and Trump

MIAMI - Democratic divisions over race, age and ideology surged into public view in Thursday night's presidential debate, a prime-time clash punctuated by a heated exchange between former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris. It was one of several...

 

BP: Northern Minnesota lawmaker can avoid conviction through rehab

ST. PAUL -- A state lawmaker charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing for drunken conduct earlier this spring will evade convictions on his record if he successfully completes a court diversion program. Rep. Matt Grossell was admitted to the program at a hearing in Ramsey County District Court Thursday,...

 

One Hundred Academics Endorse College for All Act, Urge Congress to Pass it

WASHINGTON, June 27 – One hundred experts in the fields of law, economics, and education wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress in support of the College for All Act, introduced earlier this week by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Th...

 

Sanders Leads Letter Probing Trump Administration Delay in Providing Emergency Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, June 27 –Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, led six Senators in a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue probing the Trump administration’s...

 

Democrats clash over health insurance, economy

MIAMI - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised her hand as one of the only Democratic presidential contenders willing to abolish her own private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan, demanding "structural change" in the economy and the government as...

 

Klobuchar looks for breakout chance during debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar had as much to gain in the first Democratic presidential debate as any candidate in the crowded field. Klobuchar was among the 10 candidates in the Wednesday night debate in Miami, the first of two over successive nights. The prime-time NBC audience...

 

House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

WASHINGTON — It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease Tuesday a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed...

 

State GOP lawmaker calling for ethics probe of Rep. Ilhan Omar

A Minnesota state lawmaker is calling for a federal ethics inquiry into U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over state campaign finance violations and tax irregularities that he says warrant revoking the freshman congresswoman's security clearance and removing her from a foreign...

 

Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar call for wiping out all student debt

Washington – Millions of Americans no matter their family income would see all college debt wiped out under a proposal Monday by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president and Omar, a Democrat from...

 

Sanders, Jayapal and Omar Introduce Groundbreaking Bills to Ensure College For All and Eliminate All Student Debt

WASHINGTON, June 24 — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) unveiled landmark legislation today to eliminate tuition and fees at all public four-year colleges and universities, as well as make community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs tuition-...

 

Ensley, Owle final two in Vice Chief's race

Incumbent Vice Chief Alan B. Ensley and Jim Owle, former Tribal Council Chairman and current TCGE (Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise) Chairperson, will oppose each other in the upcoming Vice Chief race in September. Vice Chief Ensley topped the candidate field in the Primary Election held Thursday, June 6 with 1,089...

 

Minnesota tribal leaders say Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan live up to campaign promises

The state will spend millions each year on tribal contract schools. A Missing and Murdered indigenous Women Task Force starts meeting this summer. And American Indian communities get $2 million a year for traditional healing to combat opioid addiction. "Usually to get...

 

Trump: 'Surprise' question about Pence led him to hesitate

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he hesitated to back a possible 2024 presidential run by Vice President Mike Pence because he was caught off-guard by the question. Given a chance at a do-over, however, Trump still did not endorse his loyal lieutenant. "You...

 

Chairman wants Yakama Tribal Councilman to resign. His fate could be decided at a special July meeting

The misdemeanor conviction of Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman Edwin Lewis has sparked division, leading to a special meeting called for next month. It could decide his fate on the council. https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/chairman-wants-yakama-tribal-councilman-to-resign-his-fate-could/article_0843...

 

Sanders Opposes Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Calls on Trump to Obey Constitution

WASHINGTON, June 20 – Today, Senator Sanders (I-Vt) issued the following statement as he voted in support of joint resolutions to block the transfer of $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and other states in response to President Trump’s announcement of a “national emergency” over Iran, which was intended to...

 

U.S. House holds raucous hearing on reparations for slavery

WASHINGTON — The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws. Glover, who told a House...

 

Marijuana Amendments Cleared For House Floor Votes

A key congressional committee advanced a series of marijuana-related amendments on Tuesday, including a rider seeking to block the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering in all state-legal cannabis programs. The measures, which also include proposals shielding...

 

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 kickoff

ORLANDO, Fla. - Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar sets first 100 days goals

WASHINGTON – Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic candidate for president, vowed on Tuesday to use executive powers in her first 100 days in the White House to undo much of what President Donald Trump has done over the past 30 months. Ahead of the first...

 

House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are beginning consideration of an appropriations bill that increases funding for a wide range of Indian Country programs. The process begins with a meeting of the House Committee on Rules on Tuesday afternoon. The panel is expected to approve a rule that will govern debate...

 

Trump campaign fires pollsters after mixed messaging

WASHINGTON - When President Donald Trump's internal polling suggested he was trailing Democrats in crucial states earlier this year, it did what any campaign would do: tried to bury the bad numbers. When the findings leaked to the media anyway, an infuriated Trump and...

 

Gov. Tim Walz to undergo knee surgery; Lt. Gov. Flanagan to briefly assume state's top job

Gov. Tim Walz is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Thursday, a procedure that will require Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan to briefly assume the state's top job. Walz will have surgery for a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, and will need another surgery soon for a...

 

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills

The House Committee on Natural Resources is meeting on Wednesday morning for a markup session. Three Indian Country bills of interest are on the agenda for the markup. They are: https://www.indianz.com/News/2019/06/17/house-committee-on-natural-resources-set-1.asp...

 

High-stakes blame game plays out in Congress on budget

Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach a deal on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts but a federal default. GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Donald Trump in favor of a bipartisan...

 

Sen. Sanders and Rep. Cummings Call on Justice Department to Investigate Generic Drug Companies for Price-Fixing Conspiracy

WASHINGTON, June 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, wrote to Attorney General William Barr to urge him to investigate 20 generic drug manufacturers for allegedly engaging in an u...

 

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