Brett Neely Feature Archive

President Barack Obama has declared five southwest Minnesota counties as a major disaster area after an April ice storm. Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock counties had an estimated $26 million in damage and costs for responding to the storm. (05/03/2013)
The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers, a change designed to deliver billions of dollars of lost tax revenues. Both of Minnesota's senators support the bill, saying it will help brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy and Target, which are based in Minnesota. (04/24/2013)
In an affidavit released online, Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff Andy Parrish says the congresswoman approved the payments to Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson, who managed Bachmann's campaign in that state. (04/22/2013)
For most of last year's presidential candidates, the election ended on Nov. 6 or earlier. Not for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Last week, one of the Republican lawmaker's closest former political advisers, Andy Parrish, said he would provide evidence that the campaign made secret payments to an Iowa state senator. (04/22/2013)
A second Iowa campaign adviser to Republican former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the Minnesota congresswoman improperly paid an Iowa state senator to work on her 2012 campaign in the months before last year's Iowa caucuses. (04/18/2013)
Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, disappointing Minnesota's two Democratic senators. (04/17/2013)
President Barack Obama's 2014 budget landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Wednesday. That plan includes a provision that reduces future deficits by slowing the rate Social Security benefits grow over time. Reaction to the proposal, known as "chained CPI," was mixed in Minnesota's congressional delegation. (04/10/2013)
Since the mass killing of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. four months ago, opinion polls have shown strong support for gun control measures. This week, the Senate could begin debating expanded background checks for gun buyers although it is still unclear if the legislation will overcome a possible Republican filibuster. (04/09/2013)
Minnesota produced more than a billion gallons of ethanol last year, making it the fifth-largest ethanol maker in the country. Much of that production was spurred on by a federal requirement known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, which took effect in 2007, but is now coming under new scrutiny in Congress. (04/09/2013)
The founder of the CaringBridge Web site says she's running for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. (04/02/2013)
Congressional ethics investigators are looking into the activities of Rep. Michele Bachmann's failed bid for president. The allegations against the congresswoman come from a former ally. (03/28/2013)
Later this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing two days of arguments about the future of same-sex marriage in America. Members of the public are allowed to sit in on arguments, first come, first served. So people have been lining up for days on Capitol Hill, sleeping on the pavement to save their space. (03/26/2013)
Congressional investigators have launched a probe into possible campaign finance violations by Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. (03/25/2013)
Election Day 2014 is more than a year and a half away, and most voters probably want to ignore the next blizzard of political ads for as long as possible. Not so, for some Democrats in Washington and Minnesota. They believe that all three of Minnesota's U.S. House members could be vulnerable to the right challenger and have set their sights earlier than usual on finding candidates and helping them raise money. (03/22/2013)
Morning Edition's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Brett Neeley about where Minnesota's delegation comes down on different aspects of the never-ending budget battles in Washington. (03/18/2013)