Students from the David Billingsley School of Music and Arts perform on the drums during the 32nd annual State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College, gives Dr. Josie Johnson a kiss on the cheek after the pair were awarded 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during the 32nd annual State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
The former vice president of the United States worries about nuclear war and rising sea levels brought on by global warming. He'd back U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar if she runs for president, thinks U.S. Rep Tim Walz is a good candidate for governor, is outraged by President Trump, and calls sexual harassment a real problem but says the accused deserve due process.
There will be a record number of women serving in the U.S. Senate once Democrat Tina Smith, the outgoing lieutenant governor of Minnesota, is sworn-in Wednesday as a U.S. senator representing that state. Smith's addition to the Senate brings the total number of female senators to 22, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics.
Tina Smith, Minnesota's lieutenant governor, was sworn in as the state's junior senator Wednesday, replacing Al Franken, who officially stepped down Tuesday following allegations of sexual misconduct. Smith, 59, served just under three years as lieutenant governor under Gov. Mark Dayton, who appointed her to the Senate seat in December.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was selected by the state's governor to finish out Al Franken's term in the U.S. Senate.
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he may be leaving office, but he's not giving up his voice. The Minnesota Democrat thanked supporters and friends in Minneapolis Thursday night as his eight years in the Senate are set to come to an end.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pinned the Purple Heart on 93-year-old Minnesota World War II veteran Wayne Sundberg on Wednesday at the Veterans Services Building in St. Paul. Before Gaye Sundberg died in 2014, she dreamed that one day her husband, World War II veteran Wayne Sundberg, would receive the Purple Heart medal he had clearly earned.
President Trump will never have a full complement of political appointees if the Senate doesn't start voting more quickly, according to a Republican who thinks he can convince Democrats to speed up the process. "We may disagree on the exact solution or the exact timing of the solution but, we understand there is a real problem," Sen. James Lankford told the Washington Examiner .
Al Franken said in his final floor speech in the U.S. Senate that "it feels like we are losing the war for truth" and took parting shots at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, according to The Hill newspaper . Franken, the junior senator from Minnesota, resigned from Congress after numerous women accused him of forcibly kissing or groping them, The Hill said.
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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced on Wednesday that Smith, his former chief of staff, would take Franken's Senate seat for a one-year term. Dayton said a special election for Franken's seat would take place on Nov. 6, 2018.
Sen. Al Franken's decision to step down amid a growing sexual-harassment scandal has scrambled Minnesota's 2018 election. Political operatives in Minnesota and Washington were drawing up lists of candidates to run for Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat even before his resignation speech last week, searching for prospects with the profile, fundraising prowess and mettle to sprint to next November's special election - and then do it again in 2020 to hold the seat another six years.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., second from right, holds hands with his wife Franni Bryson, left, as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.
Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and vanishing support from fellow Democrats, appears on the brink of resigning from the Senate. Franken's office said he will make an announcement at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor.
His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators, including Washington's Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority of the Senate's Democrats called on the two-term lawmaker to get out after another woman emerged Wednesday saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken looks up at a voter talking to him after a Minnesota State Fair radio interview on Aug. 28, 2014. Don Davis / Forum News Service ST.
By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.
The US Senate is reeling from one woman's account of how she was kissed without her consent and groped in 2006 by Democratic Sen. Al Franken before he was elected. Many of Franken's colleagues have condemned his behavior, but both Democrats and Republicans have referred the case to the Senate ethics committee to investigate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined with from left, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks to reporters following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
This has been a real week of heightened emotions. Between the anniversary of the devastation of the Trump 2016 win, the euphoria of the elections and the shock and disgust of even more sexual assault victims coming forward, including a then-14 year old child against Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore.
The Senate passed a resolution Thursday requiring senators, staff and interns to participate in mandatory sexual harassment training, as lawmakers and staff have grown increasingly outspoken about widespread predatory behavior on Capitol Hill. The resolution, which passed by unanimous consent, marks the first real step either chamber has taken to change training rules on sexual harassment for congressional offices.
Lawmakers are reviewing rules changes to mandate sexual harassment training for all employees on Capitol Hill. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption Usually it takes a scandal that rocks the Capitol to change the way it runs, but this time lawmakers aren't waiting for one before they beginning taking steps to enhance safeguards against sexual harassment in Congress.
Exasperated U.S. senators harshly criticized representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google at a hearing Tuesday for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process as early as 2015. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.
Senators are harshly criticizing representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process. At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.
The Government Accountability Office has accepted a request by a group of U.S. senators to investigate the activities of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud. Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota wrote to the watchdog agency last week to request the probe, citing a lack of transparency surrounding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity .
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Oct. 19, 2017, what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections.
Two Democratic senators are unveiling what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections - with a measure to boost transparency for online political ads. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep public files of election ads and meet similar disclaimer requirements to political broadcast and print advertising.
A merger between wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint could harm consumers, particularly low-income ones, Senate Democrats say in a letter to regulators. "Aggressive antitrust enforcement benefits consumers and competition in the wireless market," Sens. Amy Klobuchar , Al Franken and seven other lawmakers write in a letter sent late last week to the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday she's concerned about increasing division in the Senate after the election in Alabama last week. "The more you add people who see their job as standing on their own, throwing punches instead of trying to go in the middle for the people of America, then you have trouble," Ms.
The Twitter app on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, as seen on April 26. Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill, today, as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. WASHINGTON>> Social media giant Twitter is visiting Capitol Hill today as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill Thursday as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Twitter's closed-door meetings with staff follow similar briefings from Facebook earlier this month, and the House and Senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with Google, to appear at public hearings this fall.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota took to the U.S. Senate floor last week to make her case for her bipartisan amendment with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure from foreign interference. According to Klobuchar, the amendment would help states block cyber attacks, secure voter registration logs and voter data, upgrade election auditing procedures, and create secure and useful information sharing about threats.
David Soto was downcast after news the government is phasing out a program that has shielded him from deportation for almost five years. But before long, the 32-year-old from Eagan was asking himself: What can I do? Within hours of last week's announcement that the Trump administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a diverse cast of Minnesotans with a stake in the program sprang to action.
A handful of Republican women considering major political bids in Minnesota in 2018 would be looking to buck a daunting historical trend: Their party has never chosen a woman to run for governor or U.S. senator. So far, the nine Republicans to join the open race for governor in 2018 are men.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, arrives at the Capitol as his panel prepares to interview Donald Trump Jr., behind closed doors about the meddling and possible Russian links to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
Several hundred people rallied in downtown Minneapolis against President Donald Trump's decision to wind down the program that protects young immigrants who were mostly raised in the U.S. but lack legal status. Demonstrators marched and carried signs late Tuesday in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
Sen. Al Franken says he'll oppose Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras' nomination to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Donald Trump nominated Stras in May. Franken, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he had decided to oppose Stras.
Pat Lunemann struggles to find employees to milk the 775 cows on his dairy farm near Clarissa, Minn. It is labor that legal immigrants from poor countries will take to gain a financial foothold in the U.S., but that many American-born workers in a vibrant Minnesota economy with low unemployment don't want.
In this May 13, 2010 file photo, Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras speaks in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken deny they're blocking the nomination of Stras to a federal post.
WINNEBAGOa S- Heartland Senior Living, a local non-profit community corporation, has recently purchased three senior care providers in southern Minnesota from current owner ElderCare of Minnesota. The three senior care providers are Parker Oaks Community in Winnebago, Parkview Care Center in Wells and Truman Senior Living in Truman.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is blocking the confirmation of President Trump's nominee to run the Justice Department's antitrust division, offering no explanation and refusing an offer to meet with Makan Delrahim, according to a source with knowledge of the confirmation process. Warren reportedly put a "hold" on Delrahim's nomination as the Senate confirmed dozens of nominees for key administration positions before lawmakers started their August recess.
Congress is out and the Iowa State Fair is in - which means 2020 prospects are beginning to beat a path to the Hawkeye State. Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who's actually already running for president, is spending a few days with the Butter Cow.
State Rep. Jim Newberger believes he is the Republican who can succeed where others have failed. Newberger announced Saturday he would run to take down Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.
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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russia meddling in last year's presidential election. The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.
A San Diego middle school teacher refused to answer a border patrol agent's question regarding her citizenship at a New Mexico checkpoint and was briefly detained. Her family members recorded the incident that has since gone viral, with her proclamation that "enforcing racist laws perpetuates institutional racism."
The health care debate in the nation's capital will keep U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar from attending Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Croix River bridge, but two governors and numerous other state, county and city officials are expected to be there. Klobuchar, D-Minn., spearheaded legislation in the U.S. Senate to permit and fund construction of the massive four-lane bridge, as did then-U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the House.
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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Duluth Tuesday as she continues working to strengthen Minnesota's workforce and bridge the skills gap. She kicked off her "Rural Economy Tour," which spans across 10 Northern Minnesota counties.
Try as they might, Democrats couldn't land a punch against the Coloradan through many hours of questioning. That was partly because Gorsuch, like others before him, refused to be pinned down on issues and case.
"The rate at which drugs are being seized around the state should concern every Minnesotan." -- Mona Dohman, Department of Public Safety commissioner That comment on a report issued this week by the Department of Public Safety and its Violent Crimes Enforcement Teams makes clear the magnitude of the challenge all Minnesotans face in dealing with illegal drug use, especially methamphetamine and opioid prescription drugs.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, rejected a plea from Democrats to haul Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the committee again - which held his confirmation hearing - after it was revealed that he had contacts with a Russian official during the 2016 campaign. Grassley announced late Friday that there are no plans to ask Sessions, who has come under fire from Democrats demanding his resignation, to testify at the committee "until an annual oversight hearing, as is customary."
He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that when he was a U.S. Attorney, he "personally" litigated four civil rights cases, which he listed as among his most significant cases. "When Senator Sessions testified under oath that 'I did not have communications with the Russians, ' his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks", Cummings said .
Six more Democratic leaders revealed to have been in meeting with Sergey Kislyak amid McCaskill's false claims that she had never met with the Russian Ambassador Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing that he spoke with Russia's ambassador twice last year A September meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came at the height of the Russian cyber campaign to influence the presidential race As Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's claims that she had never met with Sergey Kislyak were proven to be untrue, six more Democrats have been revealed to have met with the Russian Ambassador.
Democrats vying to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee are set to face off for the final time before the organization's election on Saturday. At 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, CNN is set to broadcast a debate between eight candidates for the position.
The former Republican vice president, inside the Capitol following Friday's inauguration ceremony, extolled the new president's speech as "fabulous" and "right on target." "He's going to make America great again," Quayle said.
A bill has been re-filed named in honor of an East Texas mother who died in a hotel room after her daughter was unable to directly reach 911. Kari Hunt's daughter tried calling 911 from the Baymont Inn and Suites in Marshall on Dec. 1, 2013, to get help for her mother who had been stabbed repeatedly by her estranged husband, Brad Dunn.
Donald Trump is threatening German automakers with a hefty import tax if they plan to sell cars in the U.S. that are built in other countries, repeating a claim that has shaken the global automotive industry. The German newspaper Bild quoted Trump as saying: "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best.
To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, right, looks at US Sen. John McCain centre left, during a press conference, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Riga, Latvia, while Lindsey Graham, R-SC., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand in the background. Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions from United States lawmakers if an investigation proves that Moscow interfered in the presidential election, a U.S. senator said Wednesday during a visit to Latvia.
U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, listen to a question during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. McCain is a part of the U.S. Senate delegation including fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar that is visiting the Baltic region for talks with local political leaders.
U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks as U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, listen during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. Their demands came amid ongoing discussions among U.S. officials on an imminent response to alleged Russian meddling that would ensure the U.S. takes action before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
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After an election year as nasty, polarizing and all-consuming as any in recent memory, Minnesota politicos on all sides are still feeling a little raw. So, before the partisan combat starts anew in 2017, we offered a chance for reflection, light and levity in the form of Christmas wishes and New Year's resolutions.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman rallies the crowd as Minnesota United FC announce they are joining Major League Soccer at a ceremony at CHS Field in St. Paul on Friday, August 19, 2016.
In the midst of its 75th year, North Branch Water & Light is getting a lot of attention in town; but not because people are celebrating this milestone. There's an upcoming ballot question that will have North Branch residents deciding if the utility should be abolished or not.
THUMBS UP: Good news for Minnesota on the health front came Friday from the Center for Disease Control. The state's adult obesity rate took a drop between 2014 and 2015.
The battle against opioid addiction in this country must be fought on several fronts. We cannot afford a half-hearted effort on any of them.
The mounting congressional scrutiny of pharmaceutical giant Mylan over its 400 percent price hike for EpiPen has created an awkward situation on Capitol Hill for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin -- his daughter runs the company at the center of the scandal. Colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are now slamming Mylan and demanding investigations into why prices were jacked so high on the lifesaving allergy treatment drug.
Heather Bresch, the Mylan CEO under fire for skyrocketing EpiPen costs, believes Americans should redirect their anger toward a "broken" health care system. Mylan was forced to respond to the national outrage over a more than 400% increase in price for the lifesaving allergy treatment by pledging on Thursday to make it more affordable.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals said Thursday that it would be giving a $300 "savings card" discount for a two-pack of EpiPens amid pressure to cut the price of the drug. Mylan has increased the price of EpiPen by 500% since it acquired the drug in 2007, and it didn't budge on the actual list price of the drug.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks about price hikes for EpiPens, the emergency drug injectors for severe allergic reactions, at Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Minneapolis. Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who has worked to contain prescription drug price increases and whose 21-year-old daughter carries an EpiPen because of severe nut allergies, is one of several members of Congress demanding more information on why EpiPen prices have soared less U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks about price hikes for EpiPens, the emergency drug injectors for severe allergic reactions, at Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Minneapolis.
Following complaints from consumers that the company had hiked the price of the emergency auto-injector by $100 in recent months for no obvious reason, members of Congress are calling for an investigation. The prescription-only device, which delivers a rapid shot of epinephrine, a medication that can counteract a severe allergic reaction, is standard issue for millions of Americans.
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Gina McCarthy Dozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Obama signs chemical safety reform into law MORE , the 39 senators said the agency should "take the opportunity to get the program back on track by setting blending targets where Congress intended" when regulators finalize 2017's standards this year.
Veterans listen during the dedication ceremony for the Minnesota Memorial for the United States and Alliance Special Forces in Laos on Saturday, June 11, 2016 on the State Capitol grounds St. Paul, Minn. The memorial was inspired by survivors of the secret war from 1961-1975 in Laos, and their children.