McCollum's view of Iraq
Minnesota's shift to the right in the 2002 election
occured at nearly every level. A Republican governor was elected. Republicans
gained philosophical control of the state Senate, a Republican U.S. senator
was elected, and the state's congressional delegation became evenly balanced
between Republicans and Democrats. Redistricting made the congressional elections
extremely volatile in the suburbs, which continue to emerge as the seat of political
power in Minnesota. The 6th District has always been a "swing" district it seems,
but in 2004 -- despite predictions to the contrary -- the incumbent enjoyed
a fairly comfortable margin. By the time the votes were all counted, all of
the incumbents were returned to Washington, with the congressional delegation
remaining split with four Democrats and four Republicans.
Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-Minn., has returned from a trip to Iraq. During her visit, a wave of coordinated attacks took place, some targeting the Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad, killing more than 35 people. She also visited Mosul, in northern Iraq, where she and other members of her delegation with the House International Relations committee met with members of the 101st Airborne Division. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with McCollum.
Kennedy remarks on Iraq
Minnesota 6th district republican Congressman Mark Kennedy talks about his recent trip to Iraq, and the major issues facing Congress this fall.
Tolls for thee, Minnesota?
In the next couple of years, Minnesotans could be paying tolls to use certain metropolitan highway lanes. State and federal lawmakers are considering plans to charge lane fees to relieve congestion and fund new road projects. The proposal is part of a mix of highway development and financing plans announced by Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration and legislators from both parties.