An architect of GOP state senate takeover talks Republicans in the Minnesota Senate meet tomorrow to elect a leader -- a majority leader. The GOP picked up 16 Senate seats in Tuesday's election. That gave them control of the chamber for the first time in 38 years. One of the architects of that dramatic takeover was a little-known state senator named Amy Koch. She currently serves as assistant minority leader and hails from Buffalo, where she was just re-elected to her fourth term in the state Senate. MPR's Cathy Wurze spoke with Sen. Koch.7:25 a.m.
Congressional Republicans Claim Mandate For Change
The question on Capitol Hill after House Republicans put away the champagne glasses is whether they will work with Democrats or block everything. What is the message they take away from the election, and what are the political limitations they face?
Tea Party Leaders Go Over Election Wins, Losses
Steve Inskeep speaks with Matt Kibbe, CEO of FreedomWorks, one of the unifying national forces of the Tea Party movement, and Toby Marie Walker, the co-founder and president of the Waco Tea Party, about how Tea Party-backed candidates fared in the midterms.
Protests Flare In Kashmir As India Attempts Talks
India says it's taking a new approach to the decades-old conflict with Pakistan over the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir: dialogue with Kashmiri separatists. But separatist leaders refuse to talk, and deadly street clashes are taking place throughout the state.
Daylight Saving Time Seems To Affect TV Ratings
One week last spring, TV ratings in prime time went down across shows and networks about 10 percent. It was the week daylight saving time started, presumably because people were spending more time enjoying the evenings outside than in front of the TV. Will the phenomenon work in reverse in the fall?
FBI Reaches Out To Shooter In Military Site Attacks
Investigators in Virginia are looking for the person behind five shootings in the past few weeks at the Pentagon and other military locations -- all, they say, traced to the same weapon. So far, the shooter has attacked when the buildings were mostly empty, and no one's been hurt. The FBI wants to make sure it stays that way.
Legislative Legacy Works To Pelosi's Detriment
During Nancy Pelosi's four years as speaker of the House, Congress approved the massive health care overhaul, an $800 billion stimulus bill and a multibillion-dollar rescue of the banks. But her accomplishments were denounced by angry voters this campaign season, and now she must relinquish the speaker's gavel.
Panasonic Invests In Electric Car Maker Tesla
Tesla Motors has gotten a $30 million investment from Panasonic, which makes the lithium ion batteries that power Tesla's electric roadsters. Panasonic wants a foothold in a market that's expected to grow to more than 40 times its current size in the next five years. It isn't the first Japanese investment in Tesla; Toyota also has a $50 million stake in it.
Delta Flight Attendants Vote Not To Unionize
Flight attendants at Delta rejected unionization in a vote that was tallied Wednesday. The no vote was a painful loss for the flight attendants who were unionized under Northwest Airlines. Now that Northwest and Delta have merged, there will be no union for any flight attendants.
Do CEOs Make Good Politicians?
Renee Montagne talks with Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik about why he feels CEOs make "terrible" politicians.
Profitable Again, GM Returns To Using Private Planes
After the government bailed out General Motors, it forced GM to sell its fleet of private jets. Executives were forced to fly commercial. Now GM is profitable and preparing to sell shares again to the public, and The New York Times reports that the company has once again started to use private planes.