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BP: Bemidji Mayor Albrecht announces bid for state Senate

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht announced a run for the Minnesota state Senate on Sunday. Her campaign released a one-page statement, saying she plans to start visiting different communities in the district to meet with residents and businesses. Albrecht will...

 

Native American Views Mixed on Trump Task Force for Missing, Murdered

WASHINGTON - Native Americans are taking a wait-and-see approach to a new White House task force charged with boosting the physical safety of indigenous people at a time when American Indian and Alaska Native women face elevated risks of going missing or being murdered. President Donald Trump signed an executive order...

 

Warren introduces bill to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for Wounded Knee Massacre

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced legislation on Wednesday moving to rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. soldiers who murdered hundreds of Lakota Indians in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The Remove the Stain Act was co-sponsored by Warren's fellow Democratic 2020 contenders and Senate colleagues...

 

Michael Bloomberg's Minnesota largesse preceded presidential bid

Long before he launched a late-stage presidential bid with an ad blitz across Minnesota and other battleground states, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his vast fortune to work around the state. He funded pushes to legalize same-sex marriage in the state in...

 

Trump tries to show he's hard at work as impeachment inquiry intensifies

PALM BEACH, Fla. – As Democrats in Congress push to impeach him, President Donald Trump has toured a manufacturing plant in Texas, boasted about economic gains and signed numerous bills. He served turkey to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving and grieved with the families of...

 

Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools

ATLANTA — The night before Democratic presidential candidates took to a debate stage here last week, black and Latino charter school parents and supporters gathered in a bland hotel conference room nearby to make signs they hoped would get the politicians’ attention. “Charter schools = self-determination,” one...

 

Minneapolis mayor renews payment demand as costs climb from Trump rally

Costs for President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Minneapolis last month came in slightly higher than expected, and the city will continue to seek reimbursement, Mayor Jacob Frey said Tuesday. After weeks of calculating the cost of police overtime, public works...

 

Amy Klobuchar mum on the $17,000 question: Who were the exes?

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, working an image of down-home Midwestern charm, introduced America to an aspect of her life last week that candidates usually shy from on the campaign trail: her dating history. "My first Senate race, I literally called everyone I...

 

House Judiciary Democrats Reveal Their Impeachment Plans

to bring the impeachment process over the finish line. Judiciary Democrats are rested, ready, and determined to keep the proceedings "as dull as possible," according to one staffer for a committee Democrat. Coming on the heels of dramatic hearings in the House...

 

How The Interior Department Got Swamped

In October 2017, Ben Cassidy walked away from his lucrative lobbying gig at the National Rifle Association, where he raked in as much as $288,333 per year, for a post at the Department of the Interior. He’d spent nearly seven years trying to reshape the agency as part of the gun lobby, and despite seemingly clear eth...

 

Oglala Lakota Tribal Council Votes To Impeach VP

The Oglala Lakota Tribal Council voted 16 to two to impeach Vice President Darla Black Monday. She was removed for malfeasance after accusations including bullying and harassment. Sonia Little Hawk-Weston is a representative for the tribe. She speaks during the meeting. “You listen to that impeachment hearing around...

 

SEN. UTKE & REP. GROSSELL ON PROTESTERS PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER

CLEARBROOK, MN — On Monday, Line 3 protesters blocked an entrance to the Enbridge facility in Clearbrook. During the slick morning commute, law enforcement was required to respond while the protest groups took the opportunity to raise funds off the stunt. State Senator Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and Rep. Matt Grossell...

 

Two new members elected to Prairie Island tribal council

PRAIRIE ISLAND — The votes have been counted for the election of the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council. The five-member council will consist of three long-term members and two newcomers, according to a statement released by the tribe. Michael Childs Jr. and Valentina Mgeni were elected to their first...

 

Senate VAWA bill 'undercuts tribal sovereignty'

The Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill threatens the protection of Native people, undermines tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction, and tribal sovereignty all at once. Add for good measure the bill ignores the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, drafted the...

 

Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid

NEW YORK - Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world's richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president. Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written...

 

Peterson, Armstrong Re-Introduce Promoting Rural Exports Act

Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) reintroduced the Promoting Rural Exports Act this week in the House of Representatives. The bill creates a Rural Export Center, which will help rural businesses access international markets and work to...

 

PETERSON, HOEVEN WORKING TO SECURE ASSISTANCE FOR SUGAR GROWERS IMPACTED BY DISASTERS

WASHINGTON – Representative Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, joined Tom Astrup, CEO of American Crystal Sugar Company in a call to urge U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey to...

 

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A 'domestic political errand'

WASHINGTON - The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin - literally - and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a...

 

Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

WASHINGTON - Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats....

 

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

ATLANTA - Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The faceoff came after hours of testimony...

 

Divided U.S. House committee backs pot decriminalization

LOS ANGELES - A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House...

 

Democrats shaping plan to legalize recreational marijuana

Advocates for legal recreational marijuana in Minnesota say they are readying a set of principles in the next couple of weeks to guide their push in the session of the Legislature that convenes in February. "This process that we're going through - these town halls and...

 

BP: House passes short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON - The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would avert a government shutdown on Friday, setting up a Christmas showdown over President Donald Trump's border wall that could fall in the midst of impeachment votes against the president. The legislation, which passed 231 to 192, extends...

 

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives' top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret...

 

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14....

 

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