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COVID-19 sparks 'tidal wave' of mail-in ballots across Minnesota

Susan Truesdell, a mother of two from Champlin, is planning to stray from her typical voting routine this year. "With concerns of COVID I have been avoiding taking them to public places as much as I can," she said of her two children, ages 3 and 5. And after the 37-year-old read about the "horror stories of other states closing...

 

Negotiators report progress in coronavirus relief talks

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen. "This was the longest meeting we've had and it was more productive than the other meetings," said Senate...

 

Minnesotans can use identification cards that expired for voting registration

WILLMAR, Minn. - Minnesotans can use their driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards that would have expired during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency as proof of residency that is needed for voting registration for the primary election. "Gov. Walz signed legislation extending driver's license, permit and ID ca...

 

House Passage of Latino Museum Bill Applauded

The director of the coalition supporting the National Museum of the American People congratulated supporters of the National Museum of the American Latino on House passage this week of legislation to establish a separate Latino Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The legislation now goes to the Senate. “The National Mall, where most of the Smithsonian’s museums...

 

Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. His campaign to sow doubt about the election's outcome drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a...

 

Obama calls for end of 'Jim Crow relic' filibuster if it blocks voting reforms

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday called for the elimination of the Senate's filibuster rule if it is used to block sweeping voting reforms, labeling the chamber's long-held 60-vote threshold a "Jim Crow relic." Delivering a eulogy at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Obama implored politicians to go beyond paying...

 

Herman Cain dies at 74 from coronavirus complications

Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, died at age 74 from COVID-19 complications, a spokesperson confirmed on Thursday. “Herman Cain — our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us — has passed away,” Cain’s website editor, Dan Calabrese, said in a post. "We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough...

 

Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

MIDLAND, Texas — President Donald Trump took sweeping digs at “crazy left radical Democrats” on a trip Wednesday to the fracking fields of West Texas, launching unsubstantiated claims that a Democratic administration would destroy everything from the country's suburbs to the U.S. energy industry. Trump, speaking in front of stacked oil barrels, also played down the...

 

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Coronavirus Update

For more than five months, Minnesota and the nation have faced an unprecedented health and economic crisis as the coronavirus pandemic has devastated families and communities, stolen businesses and jobs, and taken more than 150,000 lives across the country. As relief measures designed to get families, workers, small businesses and local non-profits through this crisis run out...

 

Three years after McCain's "Thumbs Down" Vote, Trump Continues Attacks on ACA in Middle of Pandemic

ST PAUL - Yesterday marked the three year anniversary of the day Senator John McCain joined with Senate Democrats and voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, temporarily saving the landmark legislation responsible for providing affordable health care for millions of Minnesotans. After failing in Congress, Donald Trump turned to the courts to continue his relentless pus...

 

Chickasaw Nation Announces General Election Results

Ada, OKLAHOMA — Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder announced results of the July 28, 2020, general election. Pickens District Seat 2 incumbent legislator Connie Barker, Marietta, received 1,913 votes to defeat challenger Michael T. Watson, Ardmore, who received 479 votes. Pontotoc District Seat 4 will be filled by Karen Goodnight, Goldsby, as she was unchallenged...

 

Physician-senator says probe ends over his comments questioning COVID-19 deaths

A Republican state senator who questioned whether federal and Minnesota health officials inflated the number of COVID-19 deaths said Tuesday that the state medical board has dismissed complaints challenging his medical license. Sen. Scott Jensen, a family physician from Chaska, disclosed in early July that the Minnesota Board...

 

Democrats, GOP far apart on virus aid; Trump wants a deal

WASHINGTON - A day of shuttle diplomacy on Capitol Hill over a coronavirus aid package produced few results Tuesday, with stark differences between the $3 trillion proposal from Democrats and $1 trillion counteroffer from Republicans as millions of Americans' jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections hang in...

 

Ivanka Trump helps open first 'cold case' office in Bloomington

Ivanka Trump, the senior advisor to President Donald Trump, visited Bloomington Monday, July 27, to help open the first Cold Case Task Force Office for Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The junior Trump was joined by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs...

 

Sanders Leads 14 Senators in Introducing Masks for All Act to Curb Deadly Coronavirus Surge

WASHINGTON, July 28 – As COVID-19 infections continue to surge across America and nearly 30 states impose public mask-wearing requirements, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and over three dozen of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House introduced lifesaving legislation today to manufacture and distribute high-quality, reusable masks to everyone in America. Senate...

 

Indian Country's seat at Joe Biden's table

The presidential election is 98 days away. It will be an election we have never seen or experienced before all due to COVID-19. The pandemic has changed the usual ways campaigns are handled, there are no public gatherings and even the polling sites will be restricted. It's a challenge to reach Indian Country in any election and now in the age of the coronavirus it's especially...

 

Attacks sharpen divisions in Minnesota battle between Ilhan Omar and Antone Melton-Meaux

Ads and new attacks are flying across Minneapolis' Fifth Congressional District as first-term U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar seeks to fend off a well-funded primary challenge in one of the safest Democratic districts in the nation. The contest between Omar, a DFL-endorsed incumbent with a national profile, and attorney Antone...

 

As Republicans embrace cut in jobless aid, divisions weaken their leverage

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans and the White House on Monday threw their support behind a substantial cut in jobless aid for tens of millions of Americans laid off amid the pandemic, proposing a weekly reduction of $400 to a benefit that has cushioned the nation's economy even as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the...

 

DFL Party Leaders Criticize Trump for Failing Indigenous People

ST PAUL - Today, as Ivanka Trump prepares to visit Bloomington, Minnesota, to attend the opening of a Missing and Murdered Native American Cold Case Office, leaders of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party criticized the Trump administration for failing to seriously and materially support Tribal Nations. As Trump’s failed response to COVID-19 takes a heavy toll on...

 

Senate GOP to propose cutting unemployment benefits in coronavirus relief plan

Senate Republicans are proposing to reduce the expanded $600 weekly unemployment benefit as part of their forthcoming coronavirus relief plan. The GOP proposal, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, will transition to payments equal to roughly 70 percent of an individual's previous wages. But states and GOP lawmakers have warned that it could take weeks, if not...

 

White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican "disarray" over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now. The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from...

 

Kiowa Tribe chairman facing impeachment after alleged misuse of funds

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kiowa Tribe Chairman Matthew Komalty is facing impeachment on several charges after he was accused of misusing COVID-19 funds. Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy, Kiowa Tribe Legislature and Speaker, told KOCO 5 that those funds were meant to help members within the tribe. She claims Komalty misused his powers and attempted to keep other tribal officials in the...

 

Navajo Nation primary election canceled as council overrides president's veto

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation Council approved an override of tribal President Jonathan Nez's veto to cancel the primary election for the Navajo Nation. This year's election will determine seats for chapter governments, boards and other offices. Because of the coronavirus, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors recommended canceling the Aug. 4 primary election and conduct...

 

Political antagonists united by George Floyd's death to forge deal on police reform

Twenty-five days after George Floyd's death by Minneapolis police, top lawmakers in Minnesota's divided Legislature came together in a third floor Capitol conference room for their first substantive talks on police reform. House Democrats, led by members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, had put forward a...

 

Allegations against Trump envoy roil US Embassy in London

LONDON - Allegations that President Donald Trump's envoy to Britain made inappropriate remarks about women and minorities and may have violated federal ethics rules are roiling the U.S. Embassy in London. Current and former U.S. officials say the charges against U.S. Ambassador to the Court of Saint James's Robert "Woody"...

 

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