Minnesota Public Radio features by Brett Neely http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30213 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:19:41 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Brett Neely http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Franken: Health insurer spending curbs a win for consumers This year, 6.8 million consumers will get more than $330 million in refunds, with an average refund value of $80 per family. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/franken-health-insurer-spending-curbs-a-win-for-consumers?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500 U joins pressure campaign to drop 'Redskins' name 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/university-mccollum-wants-washington-team-name-change?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:14:59 -0500 Big money flows in to aid DFL Rep. Nolan as 8th District race tightens 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/big-money-flows-in-to-aid-dfl-rep-nolan-as-8th-district-race-tightens?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:30:19 -0500 Bachmann walks back presidential speculation 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/bachmann-walks-back-presidential-speculation/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:01:01 -0500 Pro-business or anti-America? Congress mulls action on overseas tax deals 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/17/congress-inversions?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:45:34 -0500 As Congress fights over highway funding, roads feel pinch 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/15/highways-scrounge-for-dollars-as-congress-fights-over-funding-?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:26:56 -0500 Mills attacks Rep. Nolan in gun-themed ad 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/mills-attacks-nolan-in-gun-themed-ad/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:00:52 -0500 Hobby Lobby response puts McFadden on the spot 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/07/hobby-lobby-response-puts-mcfadden-on-the-spot/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:56:50 -0500 McFadden campaign manager steps aside 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/mcfadden-campaign-manager-steps-aside/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:13:26 -0500 Obscure Ex-Im Bank becomes target of Bachmann, Republicans 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/export-import-bank-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:16:46 -0500 Who is McFadden? Partisans rush to define GOP Senate hopeful 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/24/mcfadden?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:00 -0500 Minneapolis woman key to Obama visit 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). http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/minneapolis-woman-key-to-obama-visit/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:13:15 -0500 Medtronic's plan to move HQ to Ireland raises tax avoidance eyebrows in Washington 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/medtronic-tax-politics?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:35:11 -0500 Minn. lawmakers push back on Obama Norway ambassador pick 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/norway-ambassador-pick-george-tsunis?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:50:28 -0500 Franken taps Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for fundraiser Bob Weir and Franken are longtime friends. Franken and his former comedy partner, Tom Davis, even performed comedy sketches during a Dead concert in New York's Central Park in 1980 and Franken invited Weir onto his radio show several times in the 2000s. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/grateful-dead-singer-raises-money-for-franken/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:43:42 -0500 Five years in, Franken's approach wins over skeptical Senate On Saturday, Democrats at their state convention in Duluth will endorse Franken for a second term in the U.S. Senate, a job he won by just 312 votes in 2008 after a six month recount and legal battle. Five years after taking office, Franken is confident his record will win him another term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/five-years-in-frankens-approach-wins-over-skeptical-senate?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 14:54:50 -0500 Kline calls for VA administrator's ouster Eric Shinseki has come under criticism as more information emerges about lengthy wait times at VA hospitals in Arizona that have been tied to the deaths of several veterans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/kline-va?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 11:29:33 -0500 Kline's charter school bill passes House The legislation provides $300 million in annual grants for charter schools and Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline says it encourages the sharing of effective ideas among school systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/kline-charter-school-bill?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 12:36:34 -0500 At funeral, Oberstar remembered as 'quintessential public servant' Hundreds of mourners, including family, former staffers and dozens of current and former members of Congress, filled a Catholic Church in suburban Maryland Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/08/oberstar-funeral?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 16:03:58 -0500 Dwindling federal gas tax could make funding Minnesota road repairs difficult The news likely will frustrate people have grown tired of the many down to the wire battles over federal spending in the nation's capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/federal-gas-tax?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 15:35:45 -0500 GMO labeling faces growing food industry opposition in Congress Most of the corn, soybeans and sugar beets in Minnesota come from genetically-modified varieties that ultimately make their way into the products we buy on supermarket shelves. That's something consumers ought to know, says Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/food-industry-presses-congress-to-quash-state-efforts-to-label-gmo-food-?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:31:40 -0500 Obama praises Punch Pizza's minimum wage On Saturday in his weekly address, President Obama said he received a letter from a small business owner who was inspired by the Minneapolis pizza restaurant and also plans to offer her workers $10 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/26/obama-praises-punch-pizza-minimum-wage?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:14:32 -0500 Budget or bludgeon? GOP, Democrats seek political leverage from Ryan budget The U.S. House approved a budget today authored by Rep. Paul Ryan that has absolutely no chance of becoming law. Republican leaders wanted to pass it as a statement of principle. Democrats are practically salivating at the lines of attack the Ryan budget will give them on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/10/paul-ryan-budget-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:40:13 -0500 MNsure's early woes fixed and site is stable, CEO tells congressional panel The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked representatives from several state-run exchanges that have faced start-up troubles to testify. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/scott-leitz-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:28:41 -0500 Minn. Democrats want help defending the Affordable Care Act Some of those lawmakers worry the Democratic Party doesn't have a good response to counter the attacks. They're looking for help from President Obama's team, deep-pocketed Democratic super PACs and outside groups. So far, not much has come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/dflers-prepare-for-health-care-ad-attacks?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:55:36 -0500 Palin endorses Ortman as GOP pick for U.S. Senate race Referring to Franken's previous career as an actor and comedian on Saturday Night Live, Palin wrote, "Let's give voters a contrast this fall: a clown vs. a Mama Grizzly, an Obama 100 Percenter vs. a Blue Star Mom, a talker vs. a doer, and a liberal Obama rubber stamp legislator vs. a proven conservative fighter." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/palin-endorses-ortman-as-gop-pick-for-u-s-senate-race/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:59:52 -0500 Report: Target missed data breach warnings The Senate Commerce Committee report says Target missed multiple warning signs that intruders had broken into company networks and were stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers and other sensitive customer information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/report-target-missed-data-breach-warnings?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:04:16 -0500 Franken fundraising strategy gleans data and dollars from supporters You might sign the petition expecting lawmakers to read it, but that's not likely the case. It's meant instead to glean information to help fundraisers find you later -- part of the latest way campaigns are learning more about potential supporters and donors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/politics/franken-fundraising-strategy?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:08:17 -0500 States find ways to avoid federal food stamp cuts in farm bill Remember those food stamp cuts that were part of the federal farm bill debate? They were supposed to add up to more than $8 billion in savings. But it turns out many states are finding a way to get around the cuts, in a scenario that many federal lawmakers did not anticipate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/states-find-ways-to-avoid-federal-food-stamp-cuts-in-farm-bull?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Rail cars used to ship oil called 'unacceptable' A federal safety official says the rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry "may not be sufficient." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/rail-cars-used-to-ship-oil-called-unacceptable?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:34:42 -0600 Franken taps public anger in stand against Comcast-Time Warner deal If the $45 billion merger goes through, it would create the country's largest cable company, reaching nearly one in three households. The company would also have a major position in broadband internet and TV production. The deal, however, needs federal approval, and Franken has established himself quickly as one of its critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/-franken-taps-public-anger-in-stand-against-comcasttime-warner-deal?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:19:28 -0600 As farm bill enters the final stretch, Collin Peterson mulls his political future Since 1991, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a gun-owning, guitar-playing conservative Democrat, has represented Minnesota's 7th District in the U.S. House. Peterson, the state's longest serving member of Congress, hasn't yet announced whether he will run for re-election this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/19/as-farm-bill-enters-the-final-stretch-collin-peterson-mulls-his-political-future?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:45:00 -0600 Target will testify on data breach before US House committee Both chambers of Congress are preparing to hold hearings next month about the theft of sensitive consumer data from Target Corp. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/target-will-testify-on-data-breach-before-us-house-committee/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:58:35 -0600 Minn. Democrats mount surge to extend jobless benefits With about 8,500 Minnesotans among those who lost benefits, the state's two Democratic senators are fully behind the effort, which Democrats believe is good policy -- and possibly even better politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/politics/unemployment-extension?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:21:22 -0600 Minnesotans in Congress sound pessimistic tone about 2014 Dysfunctional. Broken. Do-nothing. Those are a few of the more polite adjectives slung at Congress, which has set a record for passing the fewest laws in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/unproductive-year-in-congress-and-not-much-optimism-for-2014-either?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:01:00 -0600 Democrats see minimum wage hike as good economics -- and politics The minimum wage issue will help frame Democrats' message as they campaign during midterm elections. "Even if we don't pass it, I think that we should do that because I think the American people need to know who stands where," said Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/democrats-try-for-minimum-wage-hike?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:52:08 -0600 US Senate passes bipartisan budget deal; Minn. senators both vote yes The U.S. Senate agreed to a budget deal Wednesday designed to prevent a government shutdown for the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/politics/senate-passes-budgel-deal?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:14:36 -0600 U.S. House passes budget: How Minnesotans voted After nearly three years of almost nonstop parliamentary combat, the U.S. House today passed a bipartisan budget. The last-minute deal puts both the Republican-controlled House and the Senate led by Democrats on the same page regarding federal government spending over the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/politics/budget-spending-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:20:00 -0600 Lawmakers push work on farm bill to January Farmers looking for some certainty in federal farm policy will have to wait until January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/10/politics/farm-bill-january?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:56:49 -0600 Farm bill talks continue with no end in sight With less than two weeks before federal lawmakers take a holiday break, prospects in Congress for a speedy passage of the long-delayed farm bill appear to be fading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/politics/farm-bill-talks?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:03:46 -0600 Food stamp program is still obstacle to farm bill's passage The House and Senate farm bills take different approaches to rewriting commodity programs. But the biggest obstacle to agreement on a farm bill is the food stamp program, which makes up about 70 percent of the bill's overall spending of about $100 billion annually. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/politics/food-stamp-farm-bill?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:12:54 -0600 Proposed EPA rule draws complaints from ethanol industry Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation are displeased that Obama administration has proposed new rules that would maintain a limit on the use of corn ethanol in gasoline. That could slow the growth of ethanol producers in Minnesota, the nation's fifth-largest producer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/business/epa-rule-ethanol-industry?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:17:35 -0600 Minnesota senators vote in favor of 'nuclear option' Democratic U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted with their party today on the so-called nuclear option to restrict the use of the filibuster, a decades-old Senate procedure that allows the party in the minority to block final key votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/politics/minnesota-senators-vote-in-favor-of-nuclear-option?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:55:16 -0600 Some Minnesota Democrats 'jittery' over health care woes It's clear at some Democrats are starting the view the Affordable Care Act as a potential political liability. The fallout from the problems with the federal health care law has some Minnesota Democrats suggesting that they would support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/politics/minnesota-democrats-health-care-woes?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:30:00 -0600 Minnesota DFL members of Congress express interest in changing the Affordable Care Act The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/politics/health-care-dbf?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:54:58 -0600 Franken wants more info on surveillance programs At a hearing convened by U.S. Sen. Al Franken Wednesday, Obama administration officials defended keeping secret the details of government electronic surveillance programs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/franken-wants-more-information-on-surveillance-programs/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:22:02 -0600 Latest farm bill roadblock? It's about the eggs A dispute over a 2010 California law concerning the treatment of egg-laying chickens looks like it may add to the complications for congressional negotiators trying to reach agreement on a new five-year farm bill this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/politics/farm-bill-king-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Republicans target Franken on health care law Republicans in Minnesota are using the troubled roll-out of the Affordable Care Act to attack Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is among a group of Democratic incumbents up for re-election next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/politics/republicans-target-franken-on-health-care-law?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:53:13 -0600 Pressure on farm bill committee to reach agreement After two years of starts and stops, lawmakers begin formal negotiations Wednesday on the farm bill, but the talks are being overshadowed by negotiations that aim to undo automatic cuts to the federal budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/politics/farm-bill-committee-talks?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota delegation opposes medical device tax During the recent federal government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress went to war over GOP efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/politics/affordable-care-act-opponents-repeal-tax-medical-devices?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:09:16 -0500 Nolan pulls in half of what Mills did in third quarter Hours after Nolan's GOP challenger, Stewart Mills, said he raised $244,000 in his first quarter on the campaign trail, Nolan's campaign announced it had raised just $129,000. The two campaigns' bank accounts were closely matched with Nolan holding $261,000 and Mills holding $234,000. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/nolan-pulls-in-half-of-what-mills-did-in-third-quarter/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:17:30 -0500 Franken: Washington impasses distracting lawmakers from critical work In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/13/politics/franken-washington-impasses-distracting-lawmakers-from-critical-work?refid=0 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 16:57:42 -0500 What happens if debt ceiling is not raised? The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/what-happens-if-the-debt-ceiling-is-not-raised?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:00:00 -0500 Ellison arrested during immigration protest Ellison is one of seven lawmakers who were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for blocking a street during a rally on the National Mall to urge Congress to vote on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/ellison-arrested-during-immigration-protest/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:10:04 -0500 Most members of Minnesota delegation aren't taking pay during the shutdown House and Senate members are paid $174,000 annually, which means their gross pay is $6,692 every two weeks. Their pay is unaffected by a shutdown because, despite what the public likely thinks, they are considered essential employees of the government. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/many-members-of-minnesota-delegation-arent-taking-pay-during-the-shutdown/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:28:37 -0500 Why is the medical device tax seen as a shutdown solution? There's not much progress towards a resolution to the partial federal government shutdown as it enters its third day. But one possible area where Democrats and Republicans could find some common ground appears to be on the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/politics/medical-device-tax-repeal-unites-minnesota-delegates-in-congress?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:10:02 -0500 Minnesota's Washington delegates differ on federal government shutdown Like many people in the United States, members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington are frustrated that the shutdown furloughed thousands of federal employees - among them many of the police and support personnel that keep the massive Capitol complex running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/mn-delegation-at-odds-over-federal-government-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Partial federal government shutdown to hit Minnesota The stage is set for a government shutdown at midnight. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with MPR's Washington-based reporter Brett Neely about the situation on Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/neely?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:03:07 -0500 Kline, Paulsen feel tea party heat on 'Obamacare' While the Republican party is firmly united behind the idea that the healthcare law should be repealed, its establishment and grassroots wings are divided over how to undo the law. U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota have come under fire from some tea party activists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/politics/tea-party-divides-gop?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Congress headed toward another staredown over budget The U.S. House is set to approve a Republican-backed measure today that will keep the federal government funded but defund the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/politics/congress-budget-staredown?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 House poised to vote on food stamp cuts Food stamp funding has long been part of the farm bill, but after a disagreement over food stamp cuts sank a version of the farm bill, House Republicans in June decided to vote on the issue separately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/food-stamp-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:07:14 -0500 Bachmann ethics probe: 5 details from the latest document dump The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it's extending its probe into Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's failed presidential campaign, and has released the full report about Bachmann's campaign compiled by the Office of Congressional Ethics. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/bachmann-ethics-probe-5-details-from-the-latest-document-dump/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:56:02 -0500 Ethics committee extends Bachmann investigation Rep. Michele Bachmann's legal woes won't go away anytime soon. The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced today it is extending its probe into her presidential campaign activities. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/ethics-committee-extends-bachmann-investigation/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:30:51 -0500 Peterson opposes military strike on Syria Rep. Collin Peterson is the latest Minnesotan politician to oppose a military strike against Syria. Peterson said Tuesday he opposes any intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by that country's government forces on rebels and civilians. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/peterson-joins-nolan-and-bachmann-no-caucus-on-syria/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:55:43 -0500 Kline says he's leaning in favor of attack against Syria A Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline is leaning toward giving President Obama authority to launch a military strike against Syria. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/peterson-joins-nolan-and-bachmann-no-caucus-on-syria/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Nolan: U.S. 'war weary;' opposes military strike in Syria At least five members of Minnesota's U.S. House delegation are calling for Congress to weigh in on whether a military strike should be launched against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/rep-nolan-syria/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:44:12 -0500 U of M, Mayo feeling federal budget cuts Seven months since automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts took effect, two of Minnesota's best-known research institutions are already feeling squeezed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/news/university-sequestration-squeeze?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Republican candidates spar for chance to replace Bachmann Minnesota's 6th Congressional District is a GOP stronghold. There's no doubt the Republican who makes it onto the Election Day ballot next year will be favored to win. That's why four are already in the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/politics/michele-bachmann-candidates?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Klobuchar in Iowa: Friendly visit or presidential politics? Although there are nearly 1,200 days until voters pick the next president of the United States, political junkies are following every politician's movements in and out of Iowa for signs of a possible bid for the White House. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's scheduled appearance in Iowa has sparked speculation about her future, given that she is often mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/03/politics/klobuchar-political-future?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann says ethics complaints a 'campaign' issue Rep. Michele Bachmann says an investigation by the U.S. House Ethics Committee into her 2012 presidential campaign is nothing more than a political smear. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/bachmann-says-ethics-complaints-a-campaign-issue/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:02:19 -0500 Ethics Committee to announce next steps in Bachmann case in September The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday that it is reviewing an ethics case involving 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and that a decision on whether to suspend, drop or further investigate the matter is due by Sept. 11. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/ethics-committee-to-announce-next-steps-in-bachmann-case-in-september/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:07:19 -0500 Former WCCO anchor Shelby considering Congressional bid Shelby was a staple of TV news in Minnesota for more than 30 years, until he retired. He says he has been approached to challenge Republican Erik Paulsen in the 3rd Congressional District, which covers the western suburbs of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/former-wcco-anchor-shelby-considering-congressional-bid?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:00:31 -0500 Congress not likely to act on big bills anytime soon Nearly all the large, comprehensive bills now before Congress -- bills that require votes and compromise from both sides of the aisle to pass -- appear to be on the rocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/politics/congress-stuck?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:33:59 -0500 House passes Rep. Kline's education overhaul bill The Republican-controlled U.S. House has passed a bill written by U.S. Rep. John Kline that would overhaul the nation's education laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/politics/kline-education-bill?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:17:13 -0500 Senate filibusters could affect B. Todd Jones' nomination That agreement over filibusters in the United States Senate Tuesday could have implications for Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/politics/senate-filibusters-b-todd-jones?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:28:49 -0500 Retiring Bachmann still leads 2Q congressional fundraising It's that time of year again when congressional campaigns have to report their fundraising in the past quarter. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/chart-second-quarter-fundraising-results-out/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:22:54 -0500 Bachmann pays down presidential debt The 6th District Republican congresswoman's presidential campaign, which ended in January 2012 after a sixth place showing in the Iowa caucus, continues to chip away at its debts, according to a federal filing on Monday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/bachmann-pays-down-presidential-debt/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:14:00 -0500 Republicans successful in effort to split off food stamps from farm bill It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/neely?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:45:09 -0500 Full Senate to consider B. Todd Jones' nomination for ATF head President Barack Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been sent to the full Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/politics/atf-nomination-b-todd-jones?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:01:34 -0500 Divisions among House Republicans on immigration bill The fate of the immigration overhaul in Congress rests with Republicans in the U.S. House, where Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the vast majority of GOP lawmakers want to tackle the immigration issue piece by piece, largely focusing on border security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/politics/republicans-immigration-bill?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:49:08 -0500 Report: US House to split farm bill The farm bill could be split into two pieces in the U.S. House and get a vote this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/politics/house-farm-bill-split?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:37:29 -0500 Lawmakers still arguing student loan solution Minnesota college students applying for federally-subsidized student loans this fall will see their interest rate double to 6.8 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/news/lawmakers-student-loan-solution?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:10:23 -0500 Farm bill support frays amid tight money, shifting alliances For decades, Congress rolled food stamps and farm subsidies together into one giant bill. The tactic generated lots of rural and urban votes from politicians in both parties. Everyone got something out of the deal. That longtime marriage, though, is in trouble. With federal money tight, old alliances are starting to fray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/politics/farm-bill-support-frays?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Congress deadlocked on student loans Minnesota college students are likely to see interest rates on student loans double starting July 1 as Congress remains deadlocked on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/politics/congress-deadlocked-on-student-loans?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:42:47 -0500 After marriage ruling, many Minnesota politicians eager to move on The Defense of Marriage Act is no more, and some of Minnesota's members of Congress say it's time to move on and focus on other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/27/news/doma-politicians-move-on?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 What Supreme Court's same-sex marriages ruling means for Minnesota The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/what-doma-ruling-means-for-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Farm bill looked good to pass -- until vote The U.S. House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/20/politics/house-farm-bill-rejected?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:50:42 -0500 National Guard can still sponsor NASCAR, pro wrestling after defeat of McCollum amendment An amendment to cut off government spending on NASCAR and pro-wrestling sponsorships put forward by Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-Minn., fell short in the U.S. House on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/government-sponsorships-amendment?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 B. Todd Jones put through the wringer in Senate hearing Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones was grilled by senators Tuesday during his confirmation hearing to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/politics/b-todd-jones-us-senate-confirmation-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:38:26 -0500 B. Todd Jones gets Senate confirmation hearing on ATF job Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones appears before a U.S. Senate committee, nominated as the permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/politics/b-todd-jones-senate-confirmation-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:49:00 -0500 Senate passes half-trillion dollar farm bill The Senate is poised to pass a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Monday that would expand government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts in the food stamp program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/politics/senate-farm-bill?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:10:26 -0500 Farm bill heads to full Senate, prospects in House dim The farm bill passed a major procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Thursday when a vote to end debate won approval by a wide margin. On Monday, the bill could receive a vote in the full Senate, where it is expected to pass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/06/politics/farm-bill-senate?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:08:09 -0500 B. Todd Jones confirmation hearing delayed President Barack Obama chose Jones for the post in January but his nomination has languished for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/politics/b-todd-jones-confirmation-hearing-delayed?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 06:31:03 -0500 Jones' ATF confirmation hearing postponed A scheduled hearing for Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones' nomination as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been postponed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/03/news/b-todd-jones-hearing-postponed?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:31:30 -0500 Franken pushes back on GOP allegations about IRS Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status. But if there's bipartisan condemnation, Republicans have begun to use the scandal to criticize Democrats who raised concerns about some groups that may have been abusing their nonprofit status. DFL Sen. Al Franken is one whom the right has criticized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/news/irs-franken-pushes-back?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 15:33:55 -0500 Bachmann's move noteworthy in Washington After four terms in Congress, Republican Michelle Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washington correspondent Brett Neely about Bachmann's decision to only serve out her current term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/neely2?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 09:09:17 -0500 GOP pokes at Peterson on healthcare and the IRS U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is one of four House Democrats who are the target of a Republican campaign this week to draw attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal while also getting a hit in on the federal affordable care act. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/gop_pokes_at_pe.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 18:39:18 -0500 In rematch, Graves faces uphill battle vs. Bachmann Minnesota's 6th Congressional District is setting up to feature the most expensive and closely watched congressional race in Minnesota next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/politics/bachmann-graves-rematch?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 07:45:00 -0500 House passes Kline's student loan bill In a mostly party-line vote Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill introduced by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, R-2nd District, that would tie student loan interest rates to market rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/politics/student-loan-bill-kline-house?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 15:39:20 -0500 US Senate rejects end to sugar industry aid The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill that would have ended government protections for the domestic sugar industry, including Minnesota sugar beet growers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/politics/sugar-aid-us-senate?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 12:14:54 -0500 Poll shows Franken with big leads over potential opponents U.S. Sen. Al Franken is in "good shape for re-election" 18 months out from Election Day 2014 with approval ratings above 50 percent and a big leads over all of his potential opponents, according to the Democratic polling firm, Public Policy Polling. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/poll_shows_fran.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 17:04:17 -0500 FBI to interview ex-Bachmann staffer Investigators with the FBI are expected to interview a former staffer of Rep. Michele Bachmann next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/politics/fbi-andy-parrish?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 14:03:23 -0500 House to vote on Kline's student loan bill The U.S. House is set to vote next week on a bill introduced by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., that would keep interest rates for federal student loans from doubling July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/us-house-student-loans?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 10:22:03 -0500 US Senate to take up farm bill The U.S. Senate will take up the farm bill this week. That legislation sends at least a billion dollars a year to Minnesota in the form of crop subsidies and food stamps and conservation programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/politics/us-senate-takes-up-farm-bill?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 10:12:01 -0500 IRS inquiry: Bachmann, Minnesota delegation prepare for long summer At a news conference in Washington Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and other tea party movement members complained about the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Services' improper targeting of certain groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/politics/minnesota-delegation-irs-scandal?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 11:12:00 -0500 Bachmann wants deeper investigation of IRS U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Congress needs to dig deeper into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service harassed conservative groups seeking nonprofit status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/politics/bachmann-irs?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 12:27:35 -0500 Food stamps, crop insurance big issues in new farm bill The House and Senate Agriculture committees are debating a new farm bill this week. The current legislation directed more than $1 billion to Minnesota last year in the form of food stamp benefits and subsidized crop insurance for farmers. Those two expensive programs are the most controversial portions of the new bill Congress is considering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/politics/food-stamps-crop-insurance-farm-bill?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Franken wants board to monitor credit ratings firms U.S. Sen. Al Franken is pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission to overhaul the way it regulates the credit ratings industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/franken-credit-ratings-firms?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:06:12 -0500 U.S. Senate expected to approve permanent flood fix for Fargo-Moorhead The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a bill early next week that would green light water projects across the country, including a massive flood control system in the Fargo-Moorhead region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/politics/fargo-moorhead-red-river-diversion-senate?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Change to overtime pay passes U.S. House The U.S. House passed legislation today that would make significant changes to overtime pay. The vote was 223 to 204. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/politics/overtime-pay-passes-us-house?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 18:00:06 -0500 Labor nominee under fire for St. Paul pullout from Supreme Court case A hearing in the U.S. House Tuesday looked at a legal decision by the city of St. Paul to withdraw from a Supreme Court case and the role of Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez in that decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/politics/labor-nominee-st-paul-supreme-court-case?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 15:24:58 -0500 Kline pushes flex time bill as part of GOP's image overhaul, attack on Democrats The U.S. House will vote on legislation co-sponsored by Rep. John Kline this week that could make a significant change to how hourly workers get paid. He says the measure would allow people to have more flexibility in how they're compensated for working overtime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/politics/kline-flex-time-bill?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 14:25:27 -0500 Feds to pay for much of SW Minn. April ice storm damage 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/regional/federal-emergency-april-snow-storm?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 14:36:40 -0500 Senate poised to pass online sales tax bill 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/politics/online-sales-tax-considered-in-senate?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:06:53 -0500 Affidavit: Bachmann approved payments to Iowa senator 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/politics/bachmann-parrish-affidavit?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:37:10 -0500 Ex-aide to Bachmann prepares to give evidence on alleged payments 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/20/politics/bachmann-ethics-inquiry?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Second Bachmann aide to say Iowa aide wrongly paid 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/politics/second-bachmann-aide-to-say-iowa-aide-wrongly-paid?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:47:07 -0500 Minn. senators disappointed in failure of background checks provision Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, disappointing Minnesota's two Democratic senators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/senators-react-background-check?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:12:57 -0500 Obama's budget plan gets thumbs down from both sides of aisle 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/obama-budget-plan?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:27:05 -0500 Momentum for gun control legislation slows in Washington 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/momentum-for-gun-control-legislation-slows-in-washington?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:28:00 -0500 Federal ethanol standard comes under new scrutiny 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/federal-ethanol-standard?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:01:00 -0500 Two Dems plan to run against US Rep. Kline The founder of the CaringBridge Web site says she's running for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/04/mehring_announc.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 08:44:40 -0500 Peter Waldron: The man behind ethics allegations against Bachmann 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/28/politics/michele-bachmann-ethics-charges?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:05:00 -0500 Supreme Court sidewalk campers hope for seats at same-sex marriage arguments 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/social-issue/urban-camping-same-sex-marriage-arguments?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:01:00 -0500 Bachmann investigated for possible campaign finance violations Congressional investigators have launched a probe into possible campaign finance violations by Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/bachmann-ethics-investigation?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:59:34 -0500 Democrats already eyeing Republican congressional seats 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/politics/democrats-target-republican-seats?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota members skirmish in congressional budget battles 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/neely?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:06:25 -0500 Conan O'Brien to host Franken fundraiser Al Franken's going back to his comedic roots as he ramps up his re-election efforts. The former Saturday Night Live writer's campaign announced today that late night comic Conan O'Brien will host a major fundraiser for Franken in Los Angeles next month. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/fellow_funnyman.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:18:37 -0500 Minnesota's House Republicans attend rare meeting with Obama Minnesota's three House Republicans were on hand during a rare meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/house-republicans-obama?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:34:22 -0500 Federal employees are first to feel sequester's effects It's been almost a week since the across-the-board federal budget cuts started going into effect. Many of the more than 21,000 federal employees who live and work in Minnesota are starting to get furlough notices. Some are putting off big purchases and travel in expectation of losing as much as a month of pay between now and September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/politics/federal-employees-sequester-effects?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers try to make sense of sequester Automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester begin to take hold today. Minnesota's members of Congress are mostly back here in their home state and not in Washington trying to undo the $85 billion in cuts that members of both parties describe as harmful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/politics/minnesota-lawmakers-sequester?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 What Minn. stands to lose in automatic budget cuts Details are emerging about the possible impact on Minnesota of the automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to begin on March 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/24/politics/minn-automatic-budget-cuts?refid=0 Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0600 Tax overhaul: How Minnesota compares to other states Many states are in the middle of major tax overhauls. Minnesota's governor is proposing to expand the sales tax and lower the corporate tax rate while loopholes are eliminated and tax rates raised on the wealthiest individuals in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/politics/states-dayton-tax-approach?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:01:00 -0600 PoliGraph: Klobuchar claim on foreign workers tough to nail down Do U.S. immigration policies drive off skilled foreign graduates of American universities? /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/02/poligraph_klobu_4.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:28:47 -0600 Immigration: Minnesota lawmakers try to balance path to citizenship with need for workers The White House says President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will focus on jobs and the economy, but the subject of overhauling the nation's immigration laws is almost certain to come up. It's an issue likely to dominate the Congressional agenda through the summer. With various proposals under discussion, Minnesota's delegates are taking stances on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/politics/immigration-minnesota-lawmakers?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Looming budget cuts wouldn't hit Minn. as hard as other states, experts say Experts say sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts that were part of the 2011 debt limit deal that are scheduled to kick in March 1, wouldn't hit Minnesota as hard as it would other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/politics/sequester-impact-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:17:22 -0600 At gun violence hearing, Minn. senators talk background checks and mental health The Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes Minnesota Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, heard today from advocates and critics of stronger gun control laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/politics/klobuchar-franken-gun-control-senate-committee-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:31:33 -0600 Obama to visit Minneapolis next Monday President Obama will be in Minneapolis on Monday, according to White House officials. The purpose of his visit is unclear. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/obama_to_visit_4.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:42:52 -0600 Obama picks Minn. native McDonough as chief of staff President Barack Obama named a Minnesotan to one of the most powerful jobs in his administration on Friday when he announced Stillwater native Denis McDonough as his chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/politics/obama-mcdonough-chief-of-staff?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:30:00 -0600 Minn. delegation split on House debt limit bill Five of Minnesota's eight House members backed a measure allowing the government's borrowing limit to rise, including Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/minnesota-delegation-split-on-house-debt-limit-bill?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:51:54 -0600 Donors big and small headed to Washington for inauguration As many as 800,000 thousand people are forecast to attend President Obama's second inauguration on the National Mall on Monday. Among them will be Minnesotans of modest means and some of the president's biggest campaign contributors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/politics/obama-inauguration-minnesota-donors?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:55:39 -0600 Ellison calls for debt ceiling abolishment Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellison, are introducing legislation that would abolish the government's debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/politics/ellison-debt-ceiling?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:23:56 -0600 Minn. DC delegation, officials react to Obama gun plan President Barack Obama's series of proposals to reduce gun violence announced Wednesday drew a mix of reactions from Minnesota's Congressional delegation and prominent local officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/politics/obama-gun-plan-minnesota-reaction?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:46:38 -0600 Some optimism among Minnesota members as Congress reconvenes When the 113th Congress officially convened today, the big question on the minds of many Democrats and Republicans was whether the new Congress will be more productive than the last one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/politics/optimism-new-congress?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:24:54 -0600 Fiscal cliff debate: what happens next on Capitol Hill? After voting to avert tax hikes for most Americans while raising them on the wealthiest, the 112th Congress is nearly over. MPR News' Washington reporter Brett Neely discusses the aftermath of the fiscal cliff debate and what happens next on Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/politics/fiscal-cliff-dbf?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:35:06 -0600 Minn. DC delegation on gun control, NRA proposal A week after a gunman killed 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers in Washington are starting to think about proposals for how to stop future rampages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/21/news/pin-response-nra/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:11:42 -0600 Peterson: Farm bill this year unlikely Congress appears unlikely to pass a farm bill by the end of the year, says Rep. Collin Peterson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/politics/peterson-farm-bill-this-year-unlikely?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:27:50 -0600 Gun control: Deep divisions among Minn. DC delegation Minnesota's congressional delegation is deeply divided about gun control issues, just days after the massacre of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/politics/minnesota-congressional-delegation-gun-control?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:11:28 -0600 Amid fiscal cliff debate, Bachmann keeps low profile In the six weeks since the election, Congress has been wrapped up with the issue of whether and how to resolve the series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff. One of Minnesota's most outspoken members of Congress, however, has gone almost completely silent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/politics/bachmann-uncharacteristically-quiet-since-the-election?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:45:08 -0600 Fiscal cliff: It isn't just taxes and spending on the table Visitors who come to Washington to lobby about the "fiscal cliff" include Gov. Mark Dayton, who had a chance to tell President Barack Obama what areas he thought should be spared if big spending cuts happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/politics/fiscal-cliff-lobby?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton, Obama meet to talk 'fiscal cliff' With less than a month to go before automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts kick in, Gov. Mark Dayton was in Washington to discuss the fiscal cliff with President Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/politics/dayton-obam-fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:58:56 -0600 Fiscal cliff divides Minnesota lawmakers None of Minnesota's delegation sits at the negotiating table over the "fiscal cliff." But they will have to vote on whatever agreement is made, if a deal happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/politics/minnesota-congress-fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Coleman's outside groups claim credit for GOP hold of US House The election is behind us, but the money spent on campaigning is still being counted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/politics/norm-coleman-campaign-spending?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Bachmann holds off Graves; six incumbents win Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/sixth-district-bachmann-graves?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:35:31 -0600 Ryan, Clinton in Minn. to rally their parties' faithful As Election Day comes down to the wire, Minnesota is getting some last-minute attention from both the Obama and Romney campaigns. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton were both here on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/politics/paul-ryan-campaigns-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 08:10:45 -0600 Bachmann, Graves meet for final debate U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and her DFL challenger, Jim Graves met for their third and final debate Sunday on KSTP-TV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/politics/bachmann-graves-debate?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 13:28:34 -0600 Politicians talk big about bipartisanship -- at least, during the election In the final stretch before the election, congressional incumbents are particularly focused on one word: Bipartisan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/politics/politicians-bipartisanship?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:36:07 -0500 6th District debate: Bachmann, Graves face off 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/daily-circuit-bachmann-graves-debate?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 3rd District debate: Paulsen, Barnes face off With Election Day just a week away, the candidates in the 3rd Congressional District debated on MPR News' Daily Circuit program Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/daily-circuit-debate-paulsen-barnes?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 2nd District debate: Kline, Obermueller square off 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/daily-circuit-kline-obermueller-debate?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Cravaack, Nolan spar over ads and voting records The ads are flying in the 8th District Congressional race between incumbent Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/politics/tv-station-anti-cravaack-ad?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:45:46 -0500 Former Wellstone staffers keep his memory alive in Washington 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/politics/wellstone-remembered?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann continues to lead Minnesota congressional candidates in fundraising 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/politics/bachmann-minnesota-congressional-candidates-fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:53:21 -0500 Trailing Klobuchar, Bills steps up criticism on campaign trail 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/06/politics/bills-campaign?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Out of office, but Norm Coleman close to GOP's center of power Three years after losing a hard-fought bid for re-election, former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's political star is again on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/politics/norm-coleman-american-action-network?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:03:33 -0500 As Congress wraps up work, much left undone 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/politics/as-congress-wraps-up-work-much-work-left-undone?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:28:09 -0500 Pawlenty to become banking lobbyist 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/politics/pawlenty-banking-lobbyist?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:12:06 -0500 Lynx praised by Obama at White House visit President Barack Obama welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to the White House today, honoring the WNBA team for winning the 2011 championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/sport/lynx-visit-white-house?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:27:20 -0500 U.S. House passes bill to swap land inside BWCA 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/environment/land-swap-bill?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Farmers, Rep. Peterson rally in Washington for new farm bill Hundreds of farmers rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for a new farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/politics/farmers-rally-in-washington-for-new-farm-bill?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:41:48 -0500 Some Minn. House members spend a lot of money to raise more 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/politics/congressional-fundraising?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Congress keeps pressing MN on Medicaid Congressional investigators looking into Minnesota's Medicaid program have asked for more information from state officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/politics/congress-keeps-pressing-minnesota-on-medicaid?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:40:22 -0500 Bills' US Senate campaign nearly out of cash As of July 25, Bills, a Republican, reported having just $5,841 in the bank. His opponent, DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, has more than 900 times as much cash for her campaign -- nearly $5.4 million. Spending on polling and consultants, as well as a retired school bus he's taking across Minnesota, has nearly emptied Bills' campaign coffers. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/08/bills_campaign_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:46:36 -0500 Persistent drought complicates the politics of ethanol Will you be paying more at the grocery store this year because of what you're burning in your gas tank? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/politics/ethanol-corn-drought?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:22:25 -0500 Farm bill progress stalls It's been a bad summer for many farmers, and Congress is struggling to pass a new farm bill and possibly come up with disaster aid for farmers whose crops have withered in the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/politics/farm-bill-stalls?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:38:58 -0500 Why few Republicans will criticize Michele Bachmann The congresswoman has caused a firestorm with unsubstantiated claims that U.S. government officials have close ties to a group she says wants to impose Islamic law in America. But many in her party want to change the subject. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/24/politics/bachmann-allegations?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Looming tax hikes, budget cuts expose rift for Minn. lawmakers Some members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are worried about a day of reckoning for the federal budget: Jan. 1, 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/21/politics/fiscal-cliff?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Boehner adds to criticism of Bachmann's remarks House Speaker John Boehner joined a growing chorus of Republicans denouncing claims by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that a senior State Department aide has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/politics/boehner-bachmann?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:59:56 -0500 McCain denounces Bachmann's Muslim Brotherhood statement Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the Senate floor today to defend a State Department employee against allegations -- made by Rep. Michele Bachmann -- that she has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/politics/mccain-bachmann?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:30:48 -0500 Incumbents outraising challengers in Minnesota congressional races Last night was the deadline for incumbents and challengers to file their fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for the second quarter of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/campaign_fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:12:55 -0500 Donations pour into Bachmann campaign The money race for Congress is heating up. Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced a fundraising haul, pulling in more than four-times her DFL opponent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/politics/bachman-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:45:13 -0500 Food stamps, not subsidies, focus of House farm bill debate The House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday for a contentious debate on the size of the food stamp program while generally signing off on the size and scope of commodity programs for farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/politics/farm-bill-debate?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:01:19 -0500 Minn. sugar beet farmers score victory in farm bill debate Minnesota's sugar beet farmers were among those who scored a victory on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/politics/farm-bill-sugar-beets?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:23:15 -0500 House takes up farm bill While this fall's elections are expected to dominate the Congressional agenda, some lawmakers still hope to pass a farm bill to reauthorize agriculture and food stamp programs. But this may be a make or break week for those efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/politics/house-farm-bill?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:49:25 -0500 Congress debates the scope of this year's farm bill This week, Congress will again turn its attention to the farm bill. The Senate passed its version of the bill last month. This time, it's the House Agriculture Committee that will begin considering a different draft of the bill that covers farm subsidies and nutrition programs for the poor. Reporter Brett Neely discussed the key issues in the debate with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/09/farm_bill_preview?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:33:54 -0500 House to consider major changes in farm/food policy The U.S. House is set to take up legislation that would rein in eligibility for food stamps and make major changes to the way the government subsidizes farmers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/08/politics/farm-bill?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Major disaster declared in 16 areas in Minnesota A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 13 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations after preliminary assessments showed recent floods and storms caused more than $108 million in damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/regional/disaster-area?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:36:53 -0500 House unveils its five-year farm and food bill The House Agriculture Committee is unveiling its approach to a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by some $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/05/politics/farm-bill?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:46:46 -0500 Minn. lawmakers anticipate landscape after health ruling Preparing for the possibility that the Supreme Court could strike down a provision that requires all Americans to buy health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/23/politics/capitol-healthcare?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:06:00 -0500 Bipartisan effort leads to Senate OK of farm bill The Senate today completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/politics/senate-farm-bill?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Chippewa, U.S. House settle on land sale The U.S. House has approved a $28-million settlement with Minnesota's Chippewa tribe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/government/chippewa-tribe-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:11:51 -0500 Observers: Rep. Tim Walz positioned well despite GOP criticism On paper, Minnesota's First Congressional District appears to be ripe territory for Republicans. But DFL Congressman Tim Walz stands a good chance of winning a fourth term, balancing a relatively liberal voting record in a somewhat conservative rural southern Minnesota district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/politics/profile-tim-walz?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Senate votes to continue sugar subsidies The U.S. Senate narrowly beat back an attempt to end government support for the sugar industry by a 50 to 46 vote on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/politics/senate-votes-to-continue-sugar-subsidies?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:38:33 -0500 Minn. legislators react to repeal of medical device tax Minnesota representatives react to today's passing in the U.S. House of a bill that repeals a new tax on medical devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/politics/legislators-react-tax-repeal?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:31:08 -0500 Farm bill debate begins The debate over the farm bill begins as farmers are flush with money due to high crop prices and as talk of fiscal austerity has taken over Washington. The bipartisan bill spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next 10 years but phases out direct payments to farmers and expands federally backed crop insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/politics/farm-bill-debate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:11:36 -0500 Obama threatens to veto medical device tax bill The legislation put forward by Rep. Erik Paulsen would overturn a tax on medical devices that was part of the 2010 health care overhaul. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/white_house_thr.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:14:21 -0500 Minn. Democrats torn over medical device tax A bill sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to eliminate a planned tax on medical devices has put Democrats on the state's congressional delegation in a bind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/device-tax?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 House panel OKs med device tax repeal The U.S. House Ways and Means committee has approved a bill sponsored by Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen that would repeal a tax on medical devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/house-committee-oks-tax-break-for-med-devices?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 12:43:23 -0500 Bill would speed FDA approvals for medical device makers This week Congress is likely to pass significant legislation that will affect major Minnesota companies such as Medtronic and St. Jude Medical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/27/medical-devices?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2012 20:00:00 -0500 Obama signs Kline-Klobuchar National Guard benefits bill Just in time for Memorial Day, President Barack Obama has signed a law restoring paid leave time to Minnesota National Guard soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/politics/obama-signs-national-guard-benefits-bill?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 13:24:07 -0500 Klobuchar defends Democratic approach on budget Sen. Amy Klobuchar's opponents accuse her of letting spending get out of control, but she points out that she has supported some big spending cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/20/klobuchar-econ?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bill would restore National Guard's paid leave benefits Legislation heading to President Barack Obama's desk would restore paid leave to deployed National Guard members, including more than 2,000 members of Minnesota's Red Bulls Brigade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/national-guard-paid-leave?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 17:58:01 -0500 House defense bill would end biofuel effort The U.S. House is debating the annual Department of Defense bill, which includes a measure that would halt a Pentagon effort to increase the use of biofuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/defense-bill-biofuel?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2012 17:11:22 -0500 Ellison joins anti-filibuster lawsuit Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is part of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/keith-ellison-challenges-filibuster?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 06:35:00 -0500 U.S. House approves bill to restore National Guard's lost benefits The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill tonight that restores paid leave to several hundred members of Minnesota's National Guard who served in Kuwait and Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/national-guard-lost-benefit?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 20:32:55 -0500 Cravaack ranked as least conservative Republican in MN delegation An influential conservative outside group ranks first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack as the least conservative of the four Republicans in Minnesota's delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives based on his voting record in 2011. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/cravaack_ranked.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 14:24:34 -0500 Ellison wants to end fossil fuel subsidies DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison introduced legislation Thursday to end all subsidies for fossil fuels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/politics/ellison-oil-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 15:03:56 -0500 Cravaack wants climate science teaching funds cut Some federal funding for education on global warming would be cut under an amendment sponsored by Minnesota U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/cravaack-cut-climate-science-teaching-funds?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 12:56:07 -0500 Committee chairs in Congress have leg up on raising money Typically, congressional committees write and debate legislation before sending it to the House and or Senate for a vote. But over the last decade, committees and their chairmen have become central cogs in the giant money machine of American politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/congressional-committees-politics?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 17:38:24 -0500 Klobuchar pushes social media privacy bill DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban companies from asking current or future employees for their passwords to social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/politics/klobuchar-social-media-protection-bill?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 14:32:28 -0500 US Senate panel takes up farm bill The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/senate-agriculture-bill?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:07:23 -0500 Minnesota's Medicaid program under fire on Capitol Hill U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa accused Minnesota's Medicaid program of trying to rip off the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/lucinda-jesson-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:25:50 -0500 Congressional hearing today on Minn. Medicaid Minnesota's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled will be under scrutiny at a congressional hearing on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/congressional-hearing-medicaid?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Paulsen favors $46B small business tax cut The Minnesota congressman said the $46 billion temporary tax cut would apply to any company with fewer than 500 workers regardless of whether they hire on new employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/paulsen-small-business-tax-cut?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:53:52 -0500 Money-raising campaigns off and running Campaign cash is not a sure predictor of who will win an election, but candidates would rather have more to spend than less. Over the last few days, incumbents and their hopeful challengers have released reports about how much money they've raised. Some races are spoiling for a fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/election-fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:10:33 -0500 'Buffet Rule' plays into bigger debate over taxes and spending The Obama Administration's Buffet Rule, scheduled for a vote Monday in the U.S. Senate and expected to be filibustered by Republicans, seems destined to become a political tool in the fall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/15/minnesota-delegation-buffet-rule?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:05:04 -0500 McCollum raises $123,000 in first quarter DFL U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum raised more than $123,000 toward her re-election campaign in the first three months of 2012. The veteran St. Paul lawmaker has more than $222,000 in the bank, her campaign said Thursday. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/mccollum_raises.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Farm bill faces austere future Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/farm-bill?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Supporters of new STOCK Act say it needs to be stronger President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday barring members of Congress, the president and thousands of federal workers from profiting from nonpublic information learned on the job. Even supporters, including Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, said the new law doesn't go far enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/obama-signs-stock-act?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:48:39 -0500 Klobuchar hopes bipartisan ways will win her a second term As the most popular politician in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar is in a strong position to field off any of her three would-be Republican challengers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/amy-klobuchar-challenge?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann protests health care law at Supreme Court "You see we are surrounded right now by those will benefit by socialism," she said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/bachmann-scotus?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:58:47 -0500 Klobuchar-Franken gas speculation bill met with skepticism Gas prices in Minnesota right now are averaging $3.70 a gallon, higher numbers that for the petroleum industry are merely a rite of spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/franken-klobuchar-gas-speculation-bill?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Cravaack: Don't cut funds for arming pilots Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack has come out against an Obama administration proposal to cut funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/cravaack-federal-flight-deck-officer-program?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:25:28 -0500 Klobuchar wants clamp down on oil speculators DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar was one of a group of Senate Democrats Wednesday calling on government regulators to clamp down on oil speculators to rein in gas prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/klobuchar-wants-clamp-down-on-oil-speculators?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:20:25 -0500 Franken, Dems push for new Super PAC law DFL Sen. Al Franken is one of a group of Democratic senators pushing for new campaign finance laws as a result of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/franken-super-pac-disclosure-law?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:25:42 -0500 US Supreme Court sides with Mayo over medical patent The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the Mayo Clinic on a case involving patents on medical tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/us-supreme-court-sides-with-mayo-over-medical-patent?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:05:46 -0500 Rep. Collin Peterson: Little chance for farm bill this year A prominent Minnesota voice on agricultural issues says the Republican budget road map proposed today in the U.S. House means the prospects are dim for a farm bill this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/farm-bill-debate?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:52:51 -0500 Wis. congressman proposes budget, Medicare change Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are responding to a new budget proposal by Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/wis-paul-ryan-budget-medicare?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:40:42 -0500 Obama signs St. Croix Bridge bill President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday authorizing the St. Croix River bridge project near Stillwater. Federal approval was needed to exempt the project from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/obama-signs-saint-croix-bridge-bill?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:01:00 -0500 Senate-passed highway bill could mean $700M for MN The U.S. Senate has approved a new two-year highway bill that could be worth as much as $700 million a year for Minnesota transportation projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/senate-passes-highway-transit-programs-overhaul?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:57:18 -0500 Michelle Obama to visit Minn. military families Friday First Lady Michele Obama will visit Minnesota this Friday to meet with military families. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/michelle_obama_4.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:24:59 -0500 On Iran, signs of bipartisanship among MN's delegation Though there's plenty of disagreement among members of Minnesota's congressional delegation on what to do regarding Iran, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen agree on the latest sanctions from Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/minnesota-congressional-delegation-iran?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Cravaack and Franken claim congressional hotdish crown Amid the partisan bickering in the nation's capital, Minnesota's Republicans and Democrats took a few minutes Wednesday to celebrate one piece of their state's heritage they could all agree on: hotdish. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/cravaack_and_fr.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:13:10 -0600 Klobuchar: Urgency needed in Asian carp bill DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says time is a key factor in the legislation she and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison introduced this week to try to slow the spread of Asian carp. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/klobuchar-asian-carp-bill?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:56:25 -0600 Minn. lawmakers back bill to fight Asian carp With Asian carp spreading up the Mississippi River, members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are introducing legislation designed to counter the invasive fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/paulsen-walz-ellison-klobuchar-franken-asian-carp-bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:06:06 -0600 MPR's Brett Neely on the politics behind the St. Croix River Bridge bill Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Brett Neely about the politics at work in Congress to pass a bill for a new bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/neely0305?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:09:50 -0600 House passes St. Croix River bridge bill; sends to Obama The U.S. House passed on Thursday morning a bill authorizing the construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River by a vote of 339-80. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/house-passes-saint-croix-river-bridge-bill?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:03:36 -0600 U.S. House debates St. Croix bridge bill The proposed new bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater moved one step closer to a vote in the U.S. House. Saying it was "a once in a lifetime magic moment," the bill's chief House sponsor, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann urged her colleagues to support the measure. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/us_house_debate.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:23:18 -0600 Stillwater bridge plan faces hurdle in the House The U.S. House is expected to debate today and vote Thursday on a bill to allow a new $700 million, freeway-style bridge across the St. Croix River. Lobbying to sway the final outcome are both the bill's sponsor and its biggest opponent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/house-vote-st-croix-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:17:02 -0600 St. Croix bridge bill likely to get House vote this week Long-delayed legislation to authorize a new, highway-style bridge to take the place of an aging river crossing in Stillwater could receive a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as soon as Wednesday. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/st_croix_bridge_5.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:15:08 -0600 Super PACs, outside groups prepare onslaught in 8th District Outside groups are pouring money into Minnesota's 8th District where a race for a Congressional seat is likely to be one of the most hotly contested elections in the state this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/8th-district-super-pac?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Following Senate, House passes congressional insider trading bill The House of Representatives today will likely pass a bill to tighten ethics rules for members of Congress and federal employees, banning congressional insiders from trading stocks based on information they gleaned on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/house-stock-act?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:55:00 -0600 Walz: GOP leaders are weakening insider trading bill The Minnesota Democrat says House Republican leaders are trying to undermine his bill outlawing insider trading by members of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/07/walz-says-gop-leaders-are-weakening-insider-trading-bill?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:32:38 -0600 U.S. House digs into transportation issues Two transportation bills in Congress have some important implications for Minnesota, not the least of which is a potential for fewer federal dollars to flow into the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/congress-transportation?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:19:37 -0600 STOCK Act to get House vote next week Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Mankato, is looking forward to a vote in the House next week on a bill that would tighten rules on insider trading by members of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/stock-act-house?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 15:28:14 -0600 Franken asks Komen to reverse funding decision Sen. Al Franken is one of a group of Democratic Senators asking the Susan G. Komen Foundation to reverse its decision this week to halt funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer screening. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/franken_among_s.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:30:10 -0600 Congressional fundraising numbers stream in DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar raised more than $900,000 towards her re-election campaign in the last three months of 2011, and is just short of raising $6 million total in this election cycle. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/01/congressoinal_f.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:23:45 -0600 Minn. lawmakers watch transportation bills closely Congress must come up with anywhere between $6 billion and $10 billion annually in additional revenue just to keep highway spending at current levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/transportation-bill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota delegation divided on Obama speech, agenda Republicans heard little to move them towards compromise, and DFLers were cautious about progress given the deep divide on Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/minnesota-reaction-state-of-the-union?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 07:54:51 -0600 Franken, Klobuchar in tough spot on Internet piracy bill Hollywood appears to have lost a fight over two bills that would have tightened penalties for online piracy. Minnesota's eight U.S. House members came out against those bills, which the state's two Senators backed despite the difficult political position. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/minn-sopa-pipa?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:11:57 -0600 Norm Coleman's super PAC could influence Congressional races Two Republicans in Washington D.C. with deep ties to Minnesota are playing major roles with one super PAC you'll likely hear more about as the November election draws near: the Congressional Leadership Fund, which aims to maintain the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/15/coleman-super-pac?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Rep. McCollum fights her own party on Stillwater bridge DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum isn't afraid of opposition. But this time, she's going against her own party on several issues that are close to home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/mccollum?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Stillwater bridge vote stalled by inaction in Congress Efforts to authorize a replacement for the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River are running out of time in Congress. Bills in the U.S. House and the Senate, sponsored by Minnesota lawmakers, have not been scheduled for votes before the end of the current session of Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/stillwater-bridge-prospects?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:38:32 -0600 House budget process reverts to business as usual When Republicans took control of the U.S. House in January, they vowed to end the practice of bundling spending bills together, and promised a return to "regular order" where each bill would be considered at a measured pace and on its own merits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/house-budget-process?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 US House passes bill restricting welfare ATM use The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., to prevent welfare recipients from getting access to their benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/us-house-passes-bill-restricting-welfare-atm-use?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:35:28 -0600 Minn. farmer to MF Global exec: Where's my money? The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee -- and some farmers -- are pressing officials from MF Global Corporation to try to explain what's become of the money it is holding for farmers around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/senators-rip-mf-global?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:39:01 -0600 Vote may not come this year for new St. Croix bridge Vote in Congress on a new bridge over the St. Croix River may not come this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/vote-bridge-st-croix?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:56:21 -0600 Walz's bill closing insider trading loophole hits roadblock A bill to close a loophole that allows members of Congress to use inside information to trade in stocks had been picking up steam, but has now hit a roadblock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/stock-act-roadblock?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Mayo Clinic lawyers will argue patent case to SCOTUS Lawyers for Minnesota's Mayo Clinic will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that patents underlying a blood test are too broad and inhibit doctors from treating patients. In a case that could have big implications for patent law, the high court will weigh whether Mayo infringed upon a patent held by Prometheus Labs San Diego. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/mayo-lawyer-patent-scotus?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Budget pressure on help for low income families with heating bills A federal program that helps low income families pay their heating bill is coming under intense budget pressure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/liheap-budget?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:05:26 -0600 Debt panel's failure could benefit Minn., analysts say Some budget analysts say Minnesota may now fare better than other states compared to how the state would have been treated by a budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/supercommittee-failure-minnesota-impact?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:00:07 -0600 Washington pizza sauce fight has deep Minnesota ties Congress agreed this week to continue counting the tomato sauce on pizza as a serving of vegetables for school lunches. Schwan Food Co. was at the heart of the lobbying battle and convinced several Minnesota lawmakers to follow its lead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/schwan-foods-pizza-as-vegetable-minnesota-delegation?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:44:52 -0600 St. Croix bridge bill has Minnesota congressional members at loggerheads Ordinarily Congress - let alone Cabinet members - wouldn't get involved in whether or not to build a bridge between two states. But everything about finding a replacement for the aging Stillwater lift bridge is complicated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/st-croix-bridge-congressional-delegation-at-loggerheads?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 07:33:45 -0600 Rep. McCollum fights to scale back new Stillwater bridge A key Congressional opponent of a proposed new four-lane bridge to be built in Stillwater plans to try to scale it back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/mccollum-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:23:11 -0600 '60 Minutes' report boosts Rep. Walz's insider trading bill After a report on "60 Minutes" this weekend about members of Congress trading stock based on information they learn from their jobs, support for a bill sponsored by Minnesota Democrat Rep. Tim Walz is growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/walz-insider-trading?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:14:45 -0600 House bills would roll back new labor rules The US House of Representatives will soon take up legislation that would roll back new rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/house-bills-labor-rules?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Senate panel OKs repeal of much of Defense of Marriage Act The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would repeal much of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/defense-of-marriage-act-repeal?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:49:00 -0600 House to vote on concealed weapons reciprocity bill next week The U.S. House of Representatives is expected next week to vote on a bill that would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/concealed-weapons-reciprocity-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 A few days late, farm cut proposal nears roll out Many reports indicate that direct payments to farmers will be axed but a new revenue support program will replace it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/ag-committee-23-billion-dollar-cut?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:35:15 -0500 Senate debates Klobuchar's transportation bill The U.S. Senate is currently debating a bill sponsored by DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar that's a component of President Barack Obama's jobs plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/klobuchar-transportation-bill?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:47:51 -0500 Minnesotans in Congress skeptical on super committee budget deal No members of Minnesota's congressional delegation sit on the committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, but several said they are skeptical that an agreement is possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/29/minnesota-congress-budget-super-committee?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Business tax holiday debate returns, despite similar ineffective 2004 measure Minnesota companies could bring more than $20 billion in profits back to the U.S. under a tax holiday proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/tax-holiday?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's John Kline criticizes Obama's student loan plan Rep. John Kline worries the plan could encourage students to take on even more debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/26/minnesota-rep-john-kline?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:53:15 -0500 Rep. Paulsen goes to bat for state's medical device industry Minnesota's medical device industry is an important employer in the state, and has a strong ally in Rep. Erik Paulsen who wants to eliminate a provision in last year's health care law that puts a 2.3 percent tax on the industry's revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/paulsen-medical-device-industry-?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:02:01 -0500 MN Republicans in Congress join fight against regulations, but strategy raises doubts Republicans in Congress, including the Minnesota delegation, contend that government regulations are holding back job creation, and there are GOP efforts in both the House and Senate to move legislation cutting red tape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/gop-props-bills-epa?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. Congressional lawmakers push for medical device bills Two new bills from Minnesota's Congressional delegation would make it easier for the state's medical device companies to get their products to market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/klobuchar-paulsen-medical-device-bills?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:11:21 -0500 Rep. Walz returns from investigating soldiers' concussion treatment in Afghanistan Minnesota DFL Rep. Tim Walz has just returned to Washington from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/walz-soldier-head-injuries?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:47:14 -0500 Minn. delegation split on party lines over free trade agreements Free trade supporters say free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia will be a boon to the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/minnesota-south-korea-colombia-panama-free-trade-deals?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:24:17 -0500 Congressional panel approves Stillwater bridge plan A congressional committee gave the green light Wednesday to a $700 million plan to replace the aging lift bridge in Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/congressional-panel-approves-stillwater-bridge-plan?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:51:27 -0500 Ellison's tune-up of caucus could shift Democratic Party The Minnesota congressman and his co-chair of a House caucus are trying to turn it into a disciplined message and parliamentary machine, which could shift the Democratic Party further to the left. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/ellison-progressive-caucus?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:40:28 -0500 While on campaign trail, Bachmann increasingly absent from Congress The congresswoman's heavy campaign schedule means less time in Washington. She's missed 58 percent of the House roll call votes since July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/bachmann-missed-house-votes?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:58:03 -0500 Slipping in polls, Bachmann appeals to Christian base Badly trailing front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney and struggling in national polls, Bachmann sought a breakout moment Wednesday with her base of support: Christian conservatives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/bachmann-liberty-university?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:30:00 -0500 Obama clears way for Minnesota's waiver from No Child Left Behind law President Barack Obama says his new reforms to the No Child Left Behind education law are aimed at improving standards for students, not doing away with standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/no-child-left-behind-revisions-obama?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:00:07 -0500 Franken, Klobuchar applaud Iranian release of Americans Bauer and Fattal The Associated Press reports that the men have left a Tehran prison and are on their way out of the country to Oman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/franken-applauds-americans-release?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:17:23 -0500 Obama's deficit plan would cut ag subsidies by $33B President Barack Obama's proposed cuts would end direct payments to farmers and cut crop insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/obama-deficit-plan-agriculture-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:28:39 -0500 Minnesota congressional delegation has mixed reaction to Obama speech Pass this jobs bill. That was President Barack Obama's call to Congress last night after he laid out his nearly $450 billion plan to kick start the economy and spur job growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/obamareax?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 09:18:00 -0500 President's jobs plan gets mixed reviews from delegation Minnesota lawmakers respond to President Barack Obama's plan for creating jobs and reducing unemployment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/09/presidents_jobs.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:42:57 -0500 Ellison's Muslim faith builds bridges in post-9/11 world When Keith Ellison was elected to Congress from Minnesota five years after the 9/11 attacks, he was the first Muslim-American lawmaker on Capitol Hill. He's sought to to use his platform in Congress to raise the profile of American Muslims and to promote dialogue between different faiths. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/sept11-keith-ellison?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Reps. Paulsen, Kline doubt wisdom of proposed Obama tax cut As the president proposes a permanent cut in the payroll tax as part of a larger stimulus package set to be unveiled next week, Capitol Hill Republicans are sounding skittish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/kline-paulsen-doubt-wisdom-of-obama-tax-cut?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Payroll tax cut is likely topic for debate when Congress resumes session When Congress returns to session next week, the pressing topic of extending last year's payroll tax cut is a likely debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/payroll-tax-cut-debate?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Obama to visit Midwest next week President Barack Obama will travel to southern Minnesota next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/obama-to-visit-midwest-next-week?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:44:46 -0500 Minn. senators both vote in favor of debt deal Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken, both Minnesota Democrats, voted in favor of the deal to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/franken-klobuchar-debt-ceiling?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:55:35 -0500 Representatives reflect on long debate In Washington, it appears the debt ceiling debate is almost over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/mn-representatives-reflect-on-long-debate?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:04:00 -0500 Minnesota congressmen react to debt ceiling agreement Minnesota's lawmakers react with questions regarding the president's and Republican leaders' agreement to raise the debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/minnesota-congressmen-react-to-debt-ceiling-agreement?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 15:02:07 -0500 Minnesota congressional delegation reacts to debt deal All but two members of the Minnesota's congressional delegation are not talking about how they will vote on the debt ceiling deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/minnesota-congressional-delegation-reacts?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:18:39 -0500 Cravaack in the spotlight on key debt limit bill Republican House Speaker John Boehner is still looking for enough votes to pass his latest bill to raise the federal debt limit. Minnesota Republican congressman Chip Cravaack was lobbied much of yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/neely?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:27:41 -0500 Advocates race to pass bill to replace Stillwater bridge Plans to build a new lift bridge over the St. Croix River got another hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/st-croix-bridge-hearing?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 U.S. House al-Shabab hearings have Minnesota focus A former federal prosecutor from Minnesota told a congressional committee Wednesday that it's tough to predict the next moves of the Somali terror group al-Shabab. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/al-shabab-minnesota-link?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:19:36 -0500 Boehner readies debt ceiling plan for vote The U.S. House will vote Wednesday on a Republican plan put forward by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the nation's debt ceiling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/boehner-plan-vote?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:28:42 -0500 Debt ceiling failure would have huge impact on Minn. budget Minnesota would lose hundreds of millions of federal dollars to pay for wide spectrum of services -- overnight -- if Congress and the president can't agree to raise the nation's debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/debt-ceiling-minnesota-impact?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:20:08 -0500 Supervalu joins first lady in healthy eating initiative The Minneapolis supermarket firm Supervalu has teamed up with first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move healthy eating initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/obama-supervalu-healthy-diet-initiative?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:08:41 -0500 Franken: Defense of Marriage Act 'an injustice' A U.S. Senate committee held hearings Wednesday about repealing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/franken-defense-of-marriage-act?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:17:44 -0500 Bachmann confirms migraine drug treatment The Republican presidential candidate says her migraine drugs would not affect her ability to serve as president, if she were elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/bachmann_respon_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:36:18 -0500 House panel sets hearings on Al Shabab recruiting Congressional investigators looking at radical Islamic groups have once again set their sights on Al Shabab's links to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/house_panel_to.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:47:06 -0500 Congress races to find solution, deal over borrowing limit Without a legislative deal over raising the nation's borrowing limit and a long-term plan to deal with budget deficits, Republican and Democratic negotiators are racing to meet an August 2 deadline before the federal government runs out of cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/legislature-debt-ceiling-debate?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:42:24 -0500 Analyst: Bachmann's debt ceiling talk 'just nonsense' At a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann sought to downplay a failure to raise the Treasury Department's borrowing authority when it expires Aug. 2. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/analyst_bachman.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:27:31 -0500 Debt limit talks may target federal Medicaid payments to states Federal debt limit negotiators in Washington, D.C., may be considering a $100 billion cut in Medicaid payments to the states over the next 10 years. That could spell trouble for Minnesota's already strapped budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/congress_debt_limit_medicaid_payments?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:32:31 -0500 Bachmann a 'no' on McConnell debt ceiling offer As talks to raise the nation's debt limit continue in Washington, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann is weighing in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/bachmann-debt-ceiling?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:34:19 -0500 Walz: Deficit deal likely to be 'universally distasteful' Budget negotiations in Washington are taking on a more urgent tone, as deadline for raising the national debt ceiling approaches in less than a month. Members of Congress are starting to stake out what they are willing and not willing to accept in any deficit reduction deal. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota predicted that any deal will be "distasteful" to nearly everyone. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/deficit_deal_li.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:06:31 -0500 Parallels between budget impasse in Minn., Washington DC St. Paul and Washington DC are more than 1,000 miles apart. But the budget debates going on in both cities right now are very similar. Republicans want to balance the books without raising taxes, while Democrats call for a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/budget-minn-vs-washington?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:34:06 -0500 Klobuchar announces end of ethanol tax credit A group of Senate ethanol supporters have reached a deal with Senators opposed to further subsidies for the corn-based fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/ethanol-tax-credit-ending?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:55:39 -0500 Future of ethanol looks cloudy in Congress The ethanol industry has had many friends in Congress over the years who have given it preferential treatment, but a key vote last week in the U.S. Senate suggests a tight federal budget is making those friends more scarce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/ethanol-subsidy-support?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:56:35 -0500 Minnesota delegation reacts to Obama's speech on withdrawing troops Reaction to President Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer is coming in from all quarters. And that includes Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/neely-obama-troops?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:01:11 -0500 Rybak in Washington, seeking more tornado aid Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is in Washington, DC today, meeting with federal officials to see if he could get more federal disaster aid to help recovery efforts from last month's tornado in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/rybak-white-house-tornado-aid?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:29:37 -0500 Bachmann places safe bet with mainstream GOP fundraising team Even though she has positioned herself as a tea party outsider, Rep. Michele Bachmann has hired a team of mainstream Republican companies and consultants for her presidential campaign. And veterans of previous campaigns say that makes sense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/bachmann-fundraising-team?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Can Bachmann serve her district while running for president? When U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was in the spotlight at the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire Monday evening, she missed a series of votes in Congress. Bachmann's new role as a presidential candidate means she will be spending even more time on the road campaigning, and less time in Minnesota and Washington, DC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/michele-bachmann-?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Ally to Gingrich defects to Pawlenty 2012 campaign A prominent ally to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is shifting his support to 2012 rival Tim Pawlenty. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/perdue_signs_on.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:31:21 -0500 Kline's education reform vision: less federal cash, more school autonomy As the rest of Congress bickers over the debt ceiling, the Minnesota Republican is busy trying to overhaul education laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/kline-nochildleftbehind?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Bachmann delivers a crowd pleaser to social conservatives Likely presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann fired up a crowd at the Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, D.C. today, showcasing her talent for energizing the Republican social conservative base who would be vital to her presidential campaign. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/bachmann_delive.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 06:27:01 -0500 Parties far apart on how to address debt ceiling deadline The House, led by Republicans lawmakers, overwhelming rejected a clean bill to increase the debt limit by $2.4 trillion. The parties will have to find a compromise before the government runs out of cash in August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/debt-ceiling?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 15:28:54 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers want IRS help in tracking missing kids Amy Klobuchar and Erik Paulsen introduce bill that would make it easier for police to find missing children using federal tax information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/irs-missing-children?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:07:47 -0500 What are Minnesota's cities, counties getting from lobbying in Washington? Cities and counties in Minnesota spent at least a million dollars lobbying Congress last year, even as local budgets remained tight. So what do they get in exchange for the money they spend on lobbying in Washington? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/minnesota-lobbying?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Walz, Paulsen back offshore drilling expansion bill A bipartisan group of Congressmen including Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen have introduced a bill to expand offshore oil and gas production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/walz-paulsen-offshore-oil-gas-production?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 16:00:10 -0500 Minnesota senators question CEOs about wireless merger The merger would leave just three nationwide wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/wireless-merger?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 15:26:31 -0500 Apple, Google in spotlight during Franken hearing Executives from Apple and Google told a group of senators this morning that their companies take consumer privacy seriously. Sen. Al Franken called the hearing to examine the privacy implications of new technologies. Franken has taken a strong interest in online issues, including net neutrality regulations and privacy. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/apple_and_googl.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 16:29:21 -0500 Sen. Franken holds Washington hearing on smart phone privacy issues Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., held a hearing Tuesday Washington today about privacy issues surrounding smart phones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/franken-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 15:00:53 -0500 Franken, Klobuchar propose end to ethanol subsidies Minnesota's two U.S. senators, along with lawmakers from other corn-growing states, have introduced a bill that would gradually end tax subsidies for ethanol producers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/ethanol-subsidies-reduction?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 15:47:34 -0500 State Sen. Hann in DC to lobby for Medicaid rule waiver State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, is in today Washington D.C. to lobby for a waiver from federal Medicaid rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/hann-dc-medicare?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 13:20:45 -0500 Plan to replace Stillwater bridge inches forward A proposal to bypass federal environmental law to build the bridge was by far the most contentious bill a Congressional subcommittee considered today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/stillwater-bridge-replacement-inches-forward?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 15:47:41 -0500 Congress hears testimony on new Stillwater bridge plan A proposed bill that would waive federal environmental laws to allow for a new bridge over the St. Croix River have environmentalists up in arms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 8th District gets a taste of 2012 a year early Political ads are flooding the airwaves to criticize freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack's vote for the Republican budget plan. A group supporting the congressman has launched a defense of him as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/eighth-district-budget?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Kline, Paulsen in good financial shape for 2012 Kline raised $250,000 and Erik Paulsen $336,000 in the first quarter. The average amount spent by a winning congressional campaign in 2010 was about $1.5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/2012-campaign-fundraising?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Democrats target Cravaack on Medicare votes In a sign that Democrats plan to make the 2012 election campaign about national issues, the Democratic Congressional Committee is running an ad campaign aimed at 25 potentially vulnerable House Republicans, including freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/04/democrats_targe.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:17:47 -0500 Klobuchar laying groundwork for re-election run U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is quietly gearing up to run for re-election in 2012. Klobuchar, a Democrat, may not be in full-on campaign mode, but the signs are there about the kind of campaign she's planning to run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/17/klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 How will federal budget cuts affect Minnesota? The deal reached between Republicans and Democrats in the late hours last Friday night cuts spending for the remaining six months of this fiscal year by about $39 billion. It took lawmakers all weekend and all of Monday to turn the painstakingly negotiated agreement into legislative language. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/04/how_will_federa.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:00:03 -0500 Sen. Klobuchar cancels trip to Moorhead to continue budget talks in DC Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., cancelled a trip to Moorhead to inspect flood preparations Friday in order to stay in Washington D.C. as negotiations over keeping the federal government open continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/klobuchar-moorhead-dc?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:32:48 -0500 Minn. reps already pointing fingers over possible shutdown Republicans and Democrats say they don't want the government shut down. But if it does, members of both parties are already airing their arguments for why the other party deserves the blame. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/04/congressional_b.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:41:45 -0500 Bachmann rallies for deeper cuts in budget Bachmann said Democrats were dragging their heels and trying to avoid blame if the government is forced to close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/bachmann-on-budget-showdown?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:10:13 -0500 Ellison rips cuts to Medicare in proposed 2012 budget The plan U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan released includes replacing Medicare with a voucher system and lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/local-reaction-to-ryan-budget-plan?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:53:02 -0500 Minnesotans might not feel a government shutdown -- at first Billions flow from the U.S. Treasury to Minnesota. The tap wouldn't shut off immediately if Congress and the president can't work out a budget deal this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/minnesota-government-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Bachmann, tea party oppose budget compromise Despite the possibility of a government shutdown, Bachmann calls on Republican negotiators not to surrender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/bachmann-budget-talks?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:29:02 -0500 U.S. Senate holds hearing to protect Muslim-American rights The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings Tuesday morning on protecting the civil rights of Muslim Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/senate-muslim-hearings?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:12:48 -0500 Gov't must account for military spending in Franken bill As American forces continue to take part in bombing in Libya, Democratic Sen. Al Franken plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate next week to assure that military operations don't add to the national debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/franken-military-spending?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:16:23 -0500 Effect of federal budget cuts on Minnesota programs minimal, for now The U.S. Senate passed another short-term funding measure Thursday to keep the federal government operating for three more weeks, cutting $10 billion worth of federal spending in the past month, but so far the cuts only affect a few Minnesota programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/fed-cuts-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:03:11 -0500 Bachmann, Ellison, McCollum vote against stop-gap federal spending bill Three Minnesota representatives voted against another short-term government funding bill in the U.S. House Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/minnesota-delegation-us-house-stop-gap-funding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:51:42 -0500 Tears, anger as terror hearing becomes political In a hearing marked by tears and anger, Congress dug into a raw, emotional debate over American Muslims who have committed terrorist attacks in the name of their religion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/terror-hearings-muslim-americans-keith-ellison?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:55:58 -0600 Minnesotans prominent in Muslim radicalization hearing A hearing that will be held in Washington this morning is getting a lot of attention. The House Homeland Security Committee, led by Republican Pete King of New York, will look into Muslim radicalization and the potential for terrorism in the U.S. Among those testifying will be Minneapolis DFL Congressman Keith Ellison who is Muslim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/radicalization?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:51:20 -0600 Minn. delegation mirrors Congressional budget divide The House wants much deeper cuts than the Senate in the federal spending bill, and they have less than two weeks to reach a deal. The state's voices in Washington are largely split along party lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/minnesota-delegation-federal-spending-bill?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 14:57:42 -0600 Pawlenty says 2012 plans announced 'sometime in the next 45 days' Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Washington today meeting with supporters, and he said he plans to make a decision soon about whether to run for President next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/pawlenty-2012?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:12:53 -0600 In first weeks, Cravaack balances budget cuts with pro-union votes Since Chip Cravaack won a surprise victory over the long-time Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Oberstar last fall, he's been settling into his new job representing Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/chip-cravaack-cd8-freshman?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton meets with Obama, Democratic governors Gov. Mark Dayton says he and President Obama they talked about the challenges facing the state and the country and the need to try to reduce the federal deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/mark-dayton-washington-dc?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:50:20 -0600