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Her famous father's drinking shaped Sen. Amy Klobuchar's life, politics

It was a painful father-daughter confrontation over alcohol, years in the making, that both Jim Klobuchar and Amy Klobuchar would describe as a defining moment in their respective memoirs. In 1993, Jim Klobuchar was the star columnist for the Star Tribune, a Minnesota...

 
 By Deanna Weniger    Politics    May 6, 2019

Minnesota lawmaker - a former law enforcement officer - arrested Saturday in St. Paul for trespassing

Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was arrested for trespassing Saturday morning, according to Ramsey County jail records. The retired Clearwater County sheriff's deputy was arrested by St. Paul police officers about 3:30 a.m. He was released at 5:21 a.m. on his own...

 

Minnesota lawmaker arrested for trespassing

ST. PAUL — Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was arrested for trespassing Saturday morning, May 4, according to Ramsey County jail records. The retired Clearwater County sheriff’s deputy was arrested by St. Paul police officers about 3:30 a.m. He was released at 5:21 a.m. on his own recognizance, the St. Paul...

 

Incumbents keep their seats at Nez Perce General Council

KAMIAH — All the incumbents in the three seats up for election in the Nez Perce Tribe’s governing committee retained their positions. Shannon Wheeler, chairman, Elizabeth Arthur-Attao and Arthur Broncheau all fought off opponents to keep their seats on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.The final votes on...

 

Barr skips House hearing; Pelosi accuses him of lying

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr had already lied to Congress in other...

 

Native representation in Montana legislature up in 2019

MISSOULA - Native American representation in Montana's state government is trailblazing the rest of the nation. A record-breaking number of Native Americans served as elected lawmakers in the state's 2019 legislative session, over 40 Bills involving Native American...

 

Gov. Tim Walz to scrap Minnesota's flawed car-registration system

Gov. Tim Walz an­nounced Wednes­day that Min­ne­so­ta will scrap its trou­bled car reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem and seek a pri­vate soft­ware alternative, acknowledging the extent of a mas­sive gov­ern­ment failure that has cost the state well over $100...

 

Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

WASHINGTON — Private tensions between Justice Department leaders and special counsel Robert Mueller's team broke into public view in extraordinary fashion Wednesday as Attorney General William Barr pushed back at the special counsel's "snitty" complaints over his handling of the Trump-Russia investigation report....

 

House Democrats roll out proposed education spending increases

— House Democrats are proposing big funding boosts for a range of education programs. Appropriators today will take up legislation that would increase Education Department spending by more than 6 percent in fiscal 2020. — President Donald Trump met with the National Teacher of the Year after all, holding an...

 

Hoeven Holds Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on Three Bills

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act; legislation to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to provide parity and...

 

Budget fight erupts at Legislature as health care provider tax is set to expire

Republicans call it the “sick tax.” Gov. Tim Walz says that without it, many more people will get sick. Minnesota’s 2% tax on most medical services, which has been around for decades, is headed for extinction at the end of this year, ending a $700 million a year revenue stream that the new DFL governor wants...

 

'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization

With the help of a tribal leader and maybe the Trump administration, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will try to get to the bottom of a reorganization at the Department of the Interior. A hearing on Tuesday morning attempts to understand the controversial initiative, which was announced to much fanfare...

 

Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting

WASHINGTON – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling. "The battle continues, I am not...

 

Minnesota House passes gas tax hike, setting up fight with GOP Senate

The DFL-led Minnesota House passed a 20-cents-per-gallon gas tax hike Monday to improve the state's roads and bridges, delivering on one of Gov Tim Walz's top policy priorities, but one that faces resolute opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate. The bill would...

 

Rod Rosenstein submits letter of resignation to Trump

WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation Monday after a two-year run defined by his appointment of a special counsel to investigate connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. His last day will be May 11,...

 

Ritual of long hours, political divisions, take their toll at the State Capitol

Rep. Eric Lucero stood up to speak on the floor of the Minnesota House this week, his words vying for attention with his sea-foam green suit. Talking in graphic detail about sex, he unleashed a colorful lament against a DFL proposal to require comprehensive sex...

 

Walz reprimands IRRRB chief in wake of DFLer's resignation

Gov. Tim Walz sent his commissioner overseeing the Iron Range economic development agency an official letter of reprimand Thursday after allegations of DFL cronyism at the agency surfaced last week. "I expect you to model openness, transparency, inclusivity, and...

 

Lowest-income Minnesotans hit hardest by Gov. Tim Walz's tax plan, analysis shows

Gov. Tim Walz's plan to increase taxes would hit the lowest-income Minnesotans the hardest, according to a new state analysis that could frame his push for more money to fund new health, infrastructure and school initiatives. Minnesotans on the bottom half of the...

 

Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

WASHINGTON — Just say no. As House Democrats ramp up their post-Mueller investigations into President Donald Trump, his strategy for responding is simple: Resist on every legal front. The administration is straining to hold off congressional investigators, including their efforts to obtain the president's tax...

 

These 50 Minnesota Republican lawmakers say humans aren't 'key cause of climate change'

Minnesota House members revealed Wednesday whether they believe humans are causing climate change. It broke largely along party lines: 79 lawmakers, including all 75 Democrats, voted yes, and 50 Republicans voted no. Five Republicans did not vote. ht...

 

Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

WASHINGTON - Despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration's plan to inquire about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census in a case that...

 

Dems clash with Trump officials on subpoenas, tax returns

WASHINGTON - The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns....

 

100 days in, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz hits the road, hoping for break in partisan gridlock

Riding in a jet-black SUV with tinted windows, Gov. Tim Walz zoomed past traffic on I-35 as he was hustled to a business showcase near Duluth, where he arrived with his usual military promptness for the first stop of another packed day. In his first 100 days, the DFL...

 

Minnesota lawmakers, lobbyists describe cautious Capitol in wake of #MeToo

The shift is often subtle: A legislator pauses at the start of an inappropriate joke or before a hug, then thinks better of it. A year and a half after reports of sexual harassment rocked the Legislature and prompted two resignations, lawmakers and lobbyists describe a changed atmosphere at the State Capitol. People...

 

Hopi Appeals Court Denies Challenges Against Tribal Chairman

The Hopi Appellate Court has upheld the dismissal of two cases that alleged the tribal chairman was improperly seated. Timothy Nuvangyaoma has been chairman since December 2017. https://www.knau.org/post/hopi-appeals-court-denies-challenges-against-tribal-chairman...

 

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