Brett Neely Feature Archive

The House of Representatives finished up work Friday and won't come back until after the November elections. The Senate is also poised to go on a break, and there's a lot of work that this Congress has left unfinished. (09/21/2012)
Former governor Tim Pawlenty has been named the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, one of the top banking lobbyists in Washington which represents the nation's top 100 financial institutions. (09/20/2012)
President Barack Obama welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to the White House today, honoring the WNBA team for winning the 2011 championship. (09/18/2012)
For years, state and local officials have discussed selling or swapping land set aside in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to generate money for public schools. On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would make a swap official. (09/13/2012)
Hundreds of farmers rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for a new farm bill. (09/12/2012)
There's a saying in the business world, "You've got to spend money to make money." And that's also true in the world of politics. Candidates spend big money to hire professional fundraisers, buy mailing lists of likely donors and pay telemarketers to dial up donors and ask for cash. Some members of Congress from Minnesota spend a good portion of every dollar they raise to collect more money. (09/11/2012)
Congressional investigators looking into Minnesota's Medicaid program have asked for more information from state officials. (09/06/2012)
As of July 25, Bills, a Republican, reported having just $5,841 in the bank. His opponent, DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, has more than 900 times as much cash for her campaign -- nearly $5.4 million. Spending on polling and consultants, as well as a retired school bus he's taking across Minnesota, has nearly emptied Bills' campaign coffers. (08/03/2012)
Will you be paying more at the grocery store this year because of what you're burning in your gas tank? (08/02/2012)
It's been a bad summer for many farmers, and Congress is struggling to pass a new farm bill and possibly come up with disaster aid for farmers whose crops have withered in the field. (07/25/2012)
The congresswoman has caused a firestorm with unsubstantiated claims that U.S. government officials have close ties to a group she says wants to impose Islamic law in America. But many in her party want to change the subject. (07/24/2012)
Some members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are worried about a day of reckoning for the federal budget: Jan. 1, 2013. (07/23/2012)
House Speaker John Boehner joined a growing chorus of Republicans denouncing claims by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that a senior State Department aide has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. (07/19/2012)
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the Senate floor today to defend a State Department employee against allegations -- made by Rep. Michele Bachmann -- that she has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. (07/18/2012)
Last night was the deadline for incumbents and challengers to file their fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for the second quarter of the year. (07/16/2012)