Brett Neely Feature Archive

In the final stretch before the election, congressional incumbents are particularly focused on one word: Bipartisan. (11/02/2012)
Sixth Congressional District candidates Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democratic challenger Jim Graves debated Thursday for a second time, less than a week before Election Day. (The Daily Circuit, 10/31/2012)
With Election Day just a week away, the candidates in the 3rd Congressional District debated on MPR News' Daily Circuit program Tuesday. (The Daily Circuit, 10/29/2012)
Five-term incumbent Republican Rep. John Kline is facing a challenge from former state Rep. Mike Obermueller in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. The Daily Circuit hosts a debate Monday. (The Daily Circuit, 10/28/2012)
The ads are flying in the 8th District Congressional race between incumbent Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan. (10/24/2012)
Ten years after the Oct. 25, 2002, plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife, his daughter and five others, many of Wellstone's former staffers still work in and around Congress and say they try to live up to his ideals. (10/22/2012)
Incumbents and challengers in Minnesota are reporting fundraising numbers ahead of the final weeks of campaigning. But no other congressional candidate in Minnesota has raised a sum comparable to Michele Bachmann, whose fundraising haul likely exceeds the combined amount raised by all of the major party candidates in the other eight U.S. Senate and House races in the state. (10/15/2012)
Every public opinion poll on Minnesota's U.S. Senate race released so far shows Republican state Rep. Kurt Bills far behind Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar. The Bills campaign has recently started using more aggressive language to criticize Klobuchar. (10/08/2012)
Three years after losing a hard-fought bid for re-election, former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's political star is again on the rise. (09/25/2012)
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)