Brett Neely Feature Archive

Minnesota's congressional delegation will be listening carefully to President Obama's speech on the Islamic State. Six of the 10 oppose or would not say if they support deploying U.S. troops. (09/10/2014)
This year, 6.8 million consumers will get more than $330 million in refunds, with an average refund value of $80 per family. (08/12/2014)
The University of Minnesota is asking the Vikings to help stop or minimize the use of the Washington team's logo, mascot and merchandise in the stadium. (08/07/2014)
The 8th District race between Rep. Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills is tightening, and that's drawing some big ad spending. The nearly $700,000 spent so far has pushed the campaign into the top tier of competitive House races this year. (07/25/2014)
Less than 24 hours later, Bachmann says the reporter misconstrued her remarks. In a post on her Facebook page, Bachmann explained she was challenging the premise of the reporter's story. (07/23/2014)
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew took a high-profile stand this week, calling on American executives to show some "economic patriotism" and urging Congress to ban the deals, known as inversions, which he called an abuse of the tax code. (07/17/2014)
A tiny tax on motor fuel that's used to help clean up leaking gas station tanks has some extra cash in it. It's one of the places House Republicans and Senate Democrats plan to scrounge to keep the highway trust fund from going broke in a few weeks. (07/15/2014)
Republican challenger Stewart Mills, who first gained attention with a video aggressively backing gun rights and whose family owns a chain of stores that sells firearms, is out with its first attack ad claiming that DFL Rep. Rick Nolan is an opponent of gun owners. (07/09/2014)
Senate Democrats wasted no time rolling out a response to last week's Supreme Court decision on contraception and religious freedom. That decision exempts the evangelical Christian owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of stores and other religiously-minded corporations from the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide mandatory contraceptive coverage. (07/09/2014)
The campaign manager who engineered Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's surprise endorsement by the Minnesota GOP is stepping aside and will take a diminished role in the campaign. (06/30/2014)
The Export-Import Bank is facing new scrutiny from Republicans including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who view it as little more than a subsidy for large, politically connected corporations. But business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce are frantically lobbying members to save the bank. (06/25/2014)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden often talks up the fact that he's spent his career in business, not politics, and that his management work will benefit Minnesota in Congress. Democrats want to talk about that work, too, but for very different reasons. (06/24/2014)
A Minneapolis working mother named Rebekah will play a central role in President Barack Obama's next visit to Minneapolis on Thursday. According to the White House, Obama will launch the first in a series of day in the life visits by spending the day with Rebekah (whose last name has not been made public yet). (06/24/2014)
Medtronic plans to move its headquarters to Ireland and such a move could potentially have a big effect in lowering Medtronic's tax bill. The planned deal comes as lawmakers say they want to overhaul the tax system -- but remain deadlocked as to how. (06/17/2014)
Ambassador to Norway isn't a high profile American diplomatic post. Most nominees skate through Senate approval on their way to Oslo. And then there is George Tsunis. (06/10/2014)