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In Rochester, Trump urges Minnesota Republicans to turn out in November

ROCHESTER – President Donald Trump predicted a “very big surprise” in Minnesota in the upcoming midterm elections as he urged Republicans gathered here Thursday to support candidates who will back his agenda. “This is supposed to be a Democrat state. … I don’t think so,” Trump said to loud cheers. He...

 

Citing conflict, Minneapolis police won't look into claim against Keith Ellison

The DFL Party’s attempt to find a law enforcement agency willing to investigate a domestic abuse claim against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was mired in uncertainty Wednesday, after the Minneapolis Police Department said it would seek to refer the case to another jurisdiction. Earlier Wednesday, the DFL asked Minneapolis...

 

Two Dems in high-profile superior court race

You’ve probably seen the billboards by now, if not for months. Or, you’ve seen the candidates out campaigning in person — incumbent Superior Court Judge Brad Letts and well-known Waynesville attorney Mark Melrose. Both are vying for an eight-year term as a superior court judge in what’s known as Judicial...

 

Peterson and Mooney introduce legislation to address teacher shortages

Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) and Alex Mooney (R-WV-02) introduced the bipartisan Addressing Teacher Shortages Act of 2018 to establish a competitive grant program at the Department of Education through which school districts can apply for funding to recruit, retain, and support teachers. Under the...

 

Dakota County attorney won't take up Keith Ellison allegation absent police review

A county attorney who was asked to look further into the Minnesota DFL Party’s investigative report of a domestic abuse allegation against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said Tuesday that he would not do so without an additional review by law enforcement. Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal, who received the report...

 

Trump on PTSD: Some veterans aren't strong enough to 'handle it'

Speaking at a Monday conference for U.S. military veterans in Virginia, Donald Trump suggested those who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder when they return from war are not as “strong” as those who are able to “handle it.” “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from...

 

Peterson Announces opening of the Dam 4 Trail Connector

Congressman Collin C. Peterson is pleased to announce the opening of the Dam 4 Trail Connector, which connects Morehouse Road and Elkwood Road within the Beltrami Island State Forest. The North Star Trail Alliance, which is comprised of the Four Town-Grygla Sportsman’s Club (FTGSC) and the Roseau-Lake of the Woods...

 

Senator Warren Introduces Bold Affordable Housing Bill

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced on September 26 the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act,” a bold and comprehensive affordable housing bill designed to end homelessness and housing poverty in America. NLIHC supports the bill. Senator Warren’s bill directly addresses the underlying cause of the...

 

See the New Federal Education Budget Signed Into Law by Donald Trump

President Donald Trump signed a spending bill into law last week that includes a boost for the U.S. Department of Education's budget. In total, the bill Trump signed into law sets the department's budget at $71.5 billion for fiscal 2019, an increase over fiscal 2018 of $581 million, although that figure doesn't...

 

Bill bans schools from 'lunch shaming' students who can't pay

A House Democrat introduced legislation last week that would ban schools from shaming students who fall behind in their school lunch accounts. Current federal law already requires school cafeterias to keep serving students who fall behind on their school lunch payments. But some schools have been known to take steps...

 

Trump proposal stokes anxiety among Minnesota immigrants

When Le Wang emigrated from China six years ago to start a new life in the Twin Cities, the business analyst dreamed of one day bringing his mother to join him. But now he worries he must give up the dream because of a proposal by the Trump administration cracking down on immigrants who are deemed likely to use...

 

Peterson Statement on Renegotiated NAFTA

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2018) – Following the announcement of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement this week, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota issued the following statement: “I am pleased to see the NAFTA renegotiation take one step closer to a possible...

 

Disabilities Affect 74 Percent of Likely Voters

Washington, D.C., Oct. 1 – It’s the month before the midterm elections and one of the nation’s leading disability organizations has a wake-up call for candidates. “Fully three-quarters of likely voters either have a disability themselves or have a family member, or a close friend with disabilities,” said...

 

Bob Peters named new chairman of the Gun Lake Tribal Council

Bob Peters has been sworn in as chairman of the Tribal Council for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe), according to a recent news release. "I am honored and humbled to have been chosen chairman by my fellow Tribal Council members," Peters said. "I want to thank our tribal...

 

Gov. Brown passes law allowing students to wear religious or tribal garments at graduation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As leaders of Native American tribes from across California gather to celebrate the 51st annual Native American Day at the state Capitol, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 28 Native American Day in California Friday morning. The theme of this year’s celebration at the...

 

Hoeven Announces Senate Passage Of His Tribal Self-Governance And Self-Determination Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed the full Senate’s passage of S. 2515, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act of 2018. “This legislation works to...

 

DFL volunteer enters GOP candidate's home, prompts apology from party chair

Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson reported that a 15-year-old DFL Party volunteer entered the Duluth home of his running mate over the weekend, saying he needed to call for a ride because his cellphone had died. Johnson related the incident Wednesday on Twitter. His running mate, Donna Bergstrom, wasn’t...

 

Make-or-break Senate hearing day for Kavanaugh, accuser

WASHINGTON — With high drama in the making, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh emphatically fended off new accusations sexual misconduct Wednesday and headed into a charged public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination and enshrine a high court conservative majority....

 

Jeff Johnson, Tim Walz both have $1 million for stretch run in race for governor

Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrat Tim Walz are on even financial footing as they enter the homestretch of their contest for governor with about $1 million in cash each, while both political parties have already raised and spent big sums on the battle for control of the Legislature. Johnson, the surprise winner of...

 

Six ways Native voters could tip control of the Senate

This is a record year for Native people running for office. There are more Native candidates -- and especially more women running -- than ever before. And here we are: Forty days until the votes are counted. (And only a few days left to register to vote in many states.) But what about the other races? Races where...

 

Trump challenges UN, boasting of America's go-it-alone might

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump poured scorn on the "ideology of globalism" and heaped praise on his own administration's achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes and even mocking laughter from his audience of fellow world leaders. "The U.S. will not tell you how to...

 

LWV Candidate Forums for MN House and County Board next up

The public is welcome to attend and participate in upcoming Candidate Forums, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area, prior to Election Day. The League sponsors candidate forums to educate the public about campaign issues, provide an opportunity for voters to hear candidates discuss their positions...

 

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is due to approve three bills at a business meeting this week. The meeting on Wednesday marks the first time since July that the committee will be advancing legislation. It comes as tribes seek action on critical bills before time runs out in the current session....

 

'Nervous and excited': Regina's Marty Klyne named to Canadian senate

Regina's Marty Klyne is one of two new members of the Canadian senate. "For me personally, this is a capstone to my career," Klyne said Monday. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/marty-klyne-canadian-senator-1.4836294...

 

Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a...

 

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