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DFL-backed gun control bills clear Minnesota House

The Minnesota House passed two major gun control bills Thursday night, both priorities for state Democrats that still have no clear path to advancing out of the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats and gun control advocates have spent years pushing for a bill to...

 

Minnesota's projected surplus rises to $1.5 billion, setting up spending battle

Minnesota lawmakers can anticipate an extra $1.5 billion in state coffers as they make tax and spending plans for the next year, although state budget officials also said Thursday that the financial impact of the spreading coronavirus remains uncertain. DFL Gov. Tim...

 

Sanders, Van Hollen Push to End CEO Tax Breaks to Protect 1.7 Million Workers' Pensions

WASHINGTON, February 27 — Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced legislation to end tax advantages that allow CEOs to contribute unlimited amounts to special executive retirement plans, which are subject to almost no reporting requirements or oversight from the Department of...

 

Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for a second time

With little fanfare, the Senate of Canada voted today to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak for the remainder of this parliamentary session because she failed to complete the anti-racism training she was directed to undergo the last time she was temporarily kicked out of the Red Chamber. The Senate agreed, on a voice vote, to...

 

Majority of young voters in Minnesota plan to vote

Enthusiasm among young voters in Minnesota remains high heading into the 2020 presidential election, with large majorities of those 34 and younger expressing optimism about their ability to effect change, a new Star Tribune/MPR Minnesota Poll found. Three in four said...

 

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming. Shortly after Trump...

 

Minnesota House passes emergency insulin bill, but the hard work is just beginning

The DFL majority in the Minnesota House passed a bill Wednesday night that would assess fees on drugmakers to fund an emergency insulin program, a plan that faces significant opposition in the Republican-led Senate. Democrats have put a potential price tag of more than...

 

Minnesota House passes party privacy bill for presidential primaries

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House of Representatives by a 72-55 vote on Wednesday, Feb. 26, advanced a bill that would restrict how the state's major political parties can use voter data obtained in Tuesday's presidential primary contests. Days ahead of the partisan primaries, supporters said the bill was needed to...

 

Sanders faces attacks in Democrats' debate-stage clash

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders' electability and seized on Mike Bloomberg's past with women in the workplace in a raucous debate Tuesday night that tested the strength of the two men leading their party's presidential...

 

Amy Klobuchar faces pressure to bow out of 2020 White House race

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sen. Bernie Sanders' growing momentum in the Democratic presidential race has put mounting pressure on Sen. Amy Klobuchar to coalesce with her centrist rivals around one alternative to the leftist icon from Vermont. Klobuchar has shown no sign...

 

DFL group barred from using Columbia Heights Public Library

It’s been routine for some DFL residents within Senate District 41 to gather at the Columbia Heights Public Library, but this past week the library abruptly barred them from meeting there just days ahead of Tuesday’s caucus. DFL members voiced their frustration and concern over a new interpretation of the...

 

Minnesota legislators want to improve school bus safety

One video showed a driver barely dodging a young girl as she crossed a street to board her school bus in the dark. Others on display at the Legislature Tuesday showed motorists ignoring or missing the flashing red lights and stop signs extended from buses. In a single...

 

Democrats For Life Challenge Presidential Candidates On Specific Steps To Be More Inclusive

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Democrats For Life of America today held a press conference in Charleston, the site of the South Carolina Presidential Debate, to urge the presidential candidates to become more inclusive of pro-life voters. Executive Director Kristen Day challenged the candidates to take five specific steps to...

 

Minnesota Poll finds Gov. Tim Walz's job approval at 56%

More than half of registered voters in Minnesota approve of the job Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is doing after his first full year in office, a Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll found. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed gave Walz a favorable review, while a quarter...

 

Donna Bergstrom looking for rematch for Duluth Senate seat

DULUTH - The 2018 Republican lieutenant governor nominee Donna Bergstrom is running for the state Senate seat representing Duluth. She's the only Republican candidate to declare for the seat to date and would face DFL assistant minority leader Sen. Erik Simonson, who...

 

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump heading into 2020 election

A slim majority of Minnesota voters hold a negative view of President Donald Trump with eight months to go until the general election, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll. Statewide, 52% of voters disapprove of Trump's job performance, while 44%...

 

Peterson leads Minnesota House Delegation letter to VA for improved rural access to Readjustment Counseling Services

WASHINGTON – Rep. Collin Peterson, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today led the Minnesota House Delegation in a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to highlight the importance of the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) to the Veterans, active duty Servicemembers,...

 

Russia backs Trump re-election, and he fears Democrats will exploit it

WASHINGTON - Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Donald Trump reelected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Trump, who complained...

 

Minnesota Senate GOP: Turn surplus into tax cuts

Minnesota Senate Republicans would use most of the state's projected $1.3 billion surplus for tax cuts, a plan that diverges sharply from proposals by Gov. Tim Walz and House Democrats to beef up the state's budget reserves and fund school programs. A blueprint of...

 

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

LAS VEGAS - From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party's urgent quest...

 

Klobuchar deals with intense scrutiny in Nevada debate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar sparred in starkly personal terms with some of her main rivals Wednesday night in her testiest performance so far in a Democratic presidential debate. One of two women left on the debate stage in Nevada, Klobuchar opened by invoking sexism she's...

 

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from...

 

Attorney general tells those close to Trump he might quit over tweets

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr has told people close to President Donald Trump - inside and outside the White House - that he is considering quitting over Trump's tweets about Justice Department investigations, three administration officials said,...

 

Minnesota GOP lawmakers take aim at Twin Cities crime

Republican state lawmakers unveiled a set of public safety proposals Monday aimed squarely at the Twin Cities, clashing with both mayors over police strategies for addressing crime on light-rail trains and around entertainment venues. Dubbed "Safety In Our Cities," the...

 

Minnesota Legislature considers banning discrimination based on hair textures, styles

AK Wright feels lucky that, as a doctoral student in feminist studies, she doesn't have to worry about her dreadlocks prompting discrimination. But in a corporate environment, she thinks her hairstyle might draw more scrutiny. "I feel like there's always been an...

 

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