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Rep. Ilhan Omar in trouble with fellow Democrats in Washington

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan on voting Wednesday on a resolution condemning comments made by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar that many of her colleagues viewed as anti-Semitic, Politico reported Monday. The firestorm erupted over comments Omar made last...

 

Fast food at White House for North Dakota football champs

WASHINGTON - The smell of burgers and fries wafted through the State Dining Room as President Donald Trump celebrated the championship football players from North Dakota State on Monday with fast food, like he did when he honored the national champion Clemson Tigers....

 

Lawmakers move to close licensing 'loophole,' critics say it will mean less teacher diversity

Minnesota House Democrats want to close what they say is a loophole in the state’s new teacher licensing system, but opponents argue the result will be a less diverse workforce of educators. State Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, is chief sponsor of a bill that would eliminate one of the more contentious...

 

Adviser says Trump 'gave nothing away' in North Korea talks

WASHINGTON - The White House national security adviser on Sunday described President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success despite the lack of an agreement providing for the verifiable dismantling of the North's nuclear sites. John...

 

Budget surplus shrinks by $500 million in new state economic forecast

The political battle over Minnesota's budget got even more complicated Thursday, as a new economic outlook predicted the state will bring in less money than anticipated in the years ahead. The state's projected budget surplus shrunk to a little more than $1 billion,...

 

Minn. state senator proposes letting schools count snow days as instruction

Minnesota schools could have more flexibility to count snow days as regular instruction or offer e-learning as an alternative during weather-related closures under a legislative proposal unveiled Wednesday. Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, said the goal of her bill,...

 

Beltrami County DFL elects new Officers and Directors

Bemidji, Minn. - The Beltrami County DFL held its annual convention on Feb. 4 at the Bemidji Eagles Club. At the convention local delegates elected Curtiss Hunt to serve as Chair, along with selecting other officers for the two-year terms including Mary Forney, Vice Chair; Soren Sorensen, Outreach Officer; John...

 

Colville Business Council member expelled

The Colville Business Council, meeting in special session Thursday with all tribal representatives present, expelled fellow council member Andrea George from their ranks on ethics charges, which she denied in a detailed statement. George, elected last summer to represent the Nespelem District on the Colville Tribes...

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz suggests $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects

Minnesota should borrow nearly $1.3 billion to repair college campus buildings, create more affordable housing and fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday. While many pieces of Walz's plan have widespread appeal, Republicans legislators...

 

House OKs Democrats' bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON — Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge. The House's 245-182 vote...

 

Republicans urge Trump declaration of a national emergency be rejected

WASHINGTON – More than 25 former Republican lawmakers and nearly 60 former senior national security officials appealed to Congress on Monday to kill President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, countering GOP leaders’ effort to hold down defections Tuesday on a House vote...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's first big 2020 test could be in South Carolina

If Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential bid survives Iowa and New Hampshire, her prospects will be in the hands of more diverse groups of voters. Nine in 10 residents of both states are white. The next 2020 caucuses are Feb. 22 in Nevada, where Klobuchar's appeal to...

 

Rep. Schiff warns of subpoenas, lawsuit over Mueller report

WASHINGTON — A top House Democrat threatened on Sunday to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and sue the Trump administration if the full report on Mueller's Russia investigation is not made public. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his...

 

Push resumes to grant Minnesota driver's licenses to immigrants in U.S. illegally

Roads would be safer, workers could get to their jobs easier and fewer people would live in fear if Minnesota allowed immigrants living in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses, supporters of the change said Thursday as they called for broader license access. An estimated 95,000 immigrants are living in...

 

Special counsel seems close to wrapping up two-year investigation of 2016 election, Russia

WASHINGTON – Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions. The special...

 

Walz wants $700,000 for new staff to handle Minnesotans' questions and concerns

Gov. Tim Walz's first spending proposal includes a $700,000 increase in his office budget to hire more staff to field questions and concerns from Minnesotans. The Democratic governor's two-year spending proposal recommends the 10 percent hike to create an Office of...

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes gas tax hike, more money for schools, roads

Hundreds of millions of dollars more for education, the expansion of a public option for health insurance and a 20-cent gas tax increase are key pieces of Gov. Tim Walz's two-year budget proposal presented Tuesday. The Democratic governor's plan would spend $49.5...

 

Inside President Donald Trump's two-year war on the investigations encircling him

WASHINGTON – As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Donald Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Trump called Matthew Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S....

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz aims to invest in education, health care, communities

Money for schools and housing. New money to offset costs for local governments. Tax credits for startup investors. Gov. Tim Walz has been unveiling pieces of his budget proposal and reiterating top priorities - education, health care and "community prosperity" - as he...

 

Amy Klobuchar's first campaign trip underscores importance of Iowa

KNOXVILLE, IOWA – Mary Lane didn't want to miss her chance to meet Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Lane wanted to see her in action as she weighed the merits of the many Democrats already vying for her vote ahead of next year's Iowa caucuses. http://www.startr...

 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar woos New Hampshire with message of independence

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - Sen. Amy Klobuchar brought her message of grit and electability to New Hampshire on Monday, where she has a year to make an impression with the state's Democratic voters if her presidential campaign is to grow legs outside the Midwest. "I come to this...

 

Protests slam Trump's declaration as states ready lawsuit

NEW YORK — Protesters around the U.S. spent Presidents Day rallying against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration as at least a dozen states planned a lawsuit to block Trump's latest ploy to fund his long-promised border wall. "Trump is the national emergency!" chanted a group of hundreds lined up...

 

Governor Tim Walz to Chair Governors' Biofuels Coalition

St. Paul, MN - The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition will name Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to serve as the 2019 chair of the coalition, a move that has the support of Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen along with thousands of corn and soybean farmers throughout the state. “Midwest governors have played...

 

HEMP BILL ALIVE DESPITE NOEM

PIERRE – The South Dakota House of Representatives rejected a call from the state’s governor to shelf plans to legalize hemp in South Dakota. By a vote of 65-2 representatives passed a bill that could make hemp farming and production in the South Dakota legal. https://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/...

 

Minnesota legislators and student groups push for free college

State lawmakers and student leaders hailed a new proposal Wednesday that would make the first two years of tuition, fees and textbooks at Minnesota public colleges and universities free. The bill's author, Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, and its supporters said...

 

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