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Trump tells AP he won't accept blame if GOP loses House

WASHINGTON — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates. In a wide-ranging interview...

 

Judge denies Keith Ellison's petition to keep divorce file sealed, redact 'sensitive' information

Kim Ellison said Tuesday that she has been the one pushing to keep records of her divorce with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison private, while the Minnesota Court of Appeals denied the Ellisons’ last-minute attempt to block the release of some information in the file. Their divorce file is expected to be unsealed Wednesday,...

 

BP: Peterson talks veterans home, foster care in Bemidji visit

BEMIDJI—U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., met with several city and county officials in downtown Bemidji on Tuesday to gauge issues facing the local area. The gathering took place at the Wild Hare Bistro with Beltrami County District 2, 3 and 4 Commissioners Reed Olson (who owns the Wild Hare Bistro), Richard...

 

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump's hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn't have anywhere else to go. "I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals," Rollins told the...

 

BP: Governor candidate Walz visits Leech Lake Tribal College

CASS LAKE—The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party's gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz made a visit to northern Minnesota and to Indian Country on Monday, speaking to a crowd at Leech Lake Tribal College. Walz touched on a number of issues, ranging from the importance the 2018 election will play in redistricting to...

 

BP: Trump denies promise to give $1 million to charity if Warren proved her Native American DNA

At a July 5 rally in Montana, President Donald Trump went on a lengthy rant about one of his favorite targets: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and her claim to Native American ancestry. Even then, Warren was rumored to be a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Trump, with glee, told the rally crowd he...

 

Cherokee Nation Issues Statement on Sen. Warren's DNA Test Results

TAHLEQUAH -Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) released results of a DNA test that indicates “the great majority of (Warren’s) identifiable ancestry is European.” However, the report adds, “The analysis also identified 5 genetic segments as Native American in origin at high confidence.” On Monday...

 

Deb Haaland Raises $630K in Just Three Months

Albuquerque, NM — Deb Haaland, the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 1st district, reported raising over $630,000 in the third FEC quarter of 2018. This amount shatters previous records for this seat dating back to 2010, demonstrating continued momentum behind her campaign to be one of the first...

 

White House nominations to 9th Circuit set off firestorm

(CNN) - While President Donald Trump has had unprecedented success in reshaping the judiciary by placing two justices on the Supreme Court and a record breaking 29 judges on federal appeals courts, he believes he has been stymied by what he considers the liberal bent of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. It's a...

 

Would You Drive 150 Miles to Vote? How Laws Keep Native Americans From Voting

Native Americans have some of the lowest voter turnout of any racial or ethnic group. Yet, their votes have made the difference between winning and losing in several elections. Of the 4.5 million eligible voters, just 34% are registered to vote. It’s not just their choice — the legal, cultural and even physical...

 

Northern Cheyenne Tribe's president to resign, citing obstruction from tribal council

The President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe said he is resigning, citing “obstacles and opposition at every step by the legislative branch” of the tribal government. L. Jace Killsback will resign effective Friday, according to a statement released Tuesday. https://billingsgazette.com/news/state...

 

GOP chairman resigns after saying Native American candidate should be "sent to the reservation"

Kansas Republican Michael Kalny has resigned from his position as a precinct committeeman after he made racist and homophobic comments about Kansas Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids, who is openly gay. Earlier this week, Kalny wrote of Davids in a Facebook post, "your radical socialist kickboxing...

 

Gov. Mark Dayton to undergo third back surgery

Gov. Mark Dayton will undergo back surgery Friday morning at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, another in a series of health complications the second-term governor has endured in recent years. Dayton's office released a statement saying the surgery is similar to procedures Dayton had in 2012 and 2015, which fused vertebrae in...

 

Democratic Senators Call For Investigation Into Virtual Charter Schools

Two Democratic senators asked Wednesday for the Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation into the practices and policies of virtual charter schools. The request comes on the same day the Center for American Progress released a report outlining stark academic shortcomings at these schools and a...

 

Health care becomes flashpoint in Minnesota governor's race

Health care has emerged as the most contentious issue in the Minnesota governor’s race, as both candidates grapple with the bedeviling details of a system that is both worrying to families and phenomenally expensive to taxpayers. Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz both say that all Minnesotans...

 

Administration Takes Peterson's Advice on Year-round E15

WASHINGTON – Following the announcement today of year-round sales of fuel blends containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member and Congressional Biofuels Caucus Co-Chair Collin Peterson, D-Minn., welcomed the news and pushed for legislation to make progress on renewable fuels more...

 

Vice President Biden Endorses Native Candidate Sharice Davids for Congress

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Sharice Davids for Congress in Kansas’ Third District. “The people of Kansas deserve a representative who understands their concerns and shares their struggles,” Vice President Joe Biden said. “Sharice lives those struggles herself and has...

 

Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz face off in greater Minnesota debate

WILLMAR — The two major candidates for governor faced off at a debate at a technical college here Tuesday, each trying to prove that he would be a champion of greater Minnesota communities that have long felt ignored by state government. In U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, greater...

 

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says Brett Kavanaugh's 'angry' exchange with Amy Klobuchar helped changed her vote

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., was ready to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Her office had started drafting a statement saying she would support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, she told CNN. And then she watched Kavanaugh unleash partisan attacks during his defiant testimony before the Senate...

 

Trump again makes no mention of indigenous peoples in Columbus Day proclamation

President Trump on Monday commemorated Columbus Day, praising the 15th century explorer for his determination and leaving out any mention of Native Americans in a formal proclamation for a second straight year. "Columbus’s spirit of determination and adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. On...

 

McConnell says Senate 'not broken' after Kavanaugh fight

WASHINGTON — Picking up the pieces after a contentious nomination battle, the Senate's majority leader said Sunday that the chamber won't be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct that has swirled around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. While Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said...

 

Manchin faces firestorm at home following Kavanaugh vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Danielle Walker cried on Joe Manchin's shoulder after she shared her story of sexual assault in the senator's office. She thought he listened. The 42-year-old Morgantown woman said she was both devastated and furious when Manchin became the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support President...

 

Deb Haaland: "Kavanaugh's Confirmation Sends a Message to Women & Girls: You Don't Matter."

Albuquerque, NM -- Today, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. In response, New Mexico Congressional candidate Deb Haaland - likely to be the first Native American in Congress - released the following statement: "Today’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to...

 

Senate OKs bill to pay Spokane Tribe for lost lands

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction has passed the U.S. Senate. The bill would authorize annual payments from the Bonneville Power Administration to the tribe for the past and continuing use of the land. U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray,...

 

Donald Trump Mocks 'Pocahantas' & She Fires Back

Donald Trump held a rally for thousands of his supporters at an event in Topeka, Kansas on Saturday night. The president talked about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, telling his supporters that the Republican party has been “energized.” Trump called Kavanaugh’s win “a tremendous victory...

 

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