Dayton, Smith criticize ‘savages,’ Trump during MLK Day event

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.

One senator has an idea for confirming presidential nominees more quickly

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’s Final Speech on Senate Floor Addresses ‘War for Truth’

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.

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in U.S. Senate

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Minnesota Lieutenant Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Sen. Al Franken

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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.

2018 race for Franken seat attracts lots of names, sets up seismic shift

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.

In Franken’s fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP

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.

Democrats pressure Franken to resign

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.

Woman accuses Sen. Franken of harassment

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.

What Al Franken’s Senate colleagues are saying

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.

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

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.

Senate passes resolution requiring sexual harassment training

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.

Congress Considers Mandating Sexual Harassment Training

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.

Senators blast Facebook, Twitter, Google in Russia probe

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.

Trump’s vote fraud panel will be investigated

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 .

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

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.

Senators push for more online transparency in 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.

Senate Democrats Urge Regulators To Review Possible Sprint Merger With T-Mobile Raw a ” 14 minutes ago

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.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

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.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

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.

Klobuchar, Graham seek secure elections

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.

DACA’s demise kick-starts intense push to help Minnesota’s Dreamers, shape new law

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.

On Capitol Hill, Trump Jr. denies collusion with Russia

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.

Minneapolis demonstrators protest end of immigration program

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.

Firm buys trio of nursing homes

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.

Elizabeth Warren refuses to meet Trump nominee she’s blocking for Justice antitrust division

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.

Klobuchar challenged

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.

Senate confirms Christopher Wray to lead FBI

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.

Senate Confirms Christopher Wray, Trump’s Choice For FBI

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Senate confirms Christopher Wray, Trumpa s choice for FBI

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.

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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."

St. Croix River bridge ribbon-cutting expected to draw a crowd

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.

Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

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Sen. Klobuchar makes a stop in Duluth

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.

Our View: Focus, funding needed to deal with meth, opioid abuse

"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 won’t have Sessions clarify Russia statements

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."

Sessions slams ‘unfair’ criticism of meetings with Russian Federation

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 Democrats met with Russian Ambassador in the past

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.

Kari Hunt.

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.

White House in transition

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.

US punishes Russia for hacking presidential campaign

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.

McCain calls for sanctions on Russia over election actions

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.

US senators to eastern European allies: Russia should be sanctioned

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.

US Sen. Klobuchar to run for re-election, not governor


Politicos offer up Christmas wishes, New Year’s Resolutions

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.


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/Down

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.

Bipartisan Scrutiny EpiPen price hike puts heat on Dem senator’s daughter

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.

EpiPen CEO: Blame the ‘broken’ system, not me

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.

The maker of EpiPen isn’t out of the woods yet

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.

Klobuchar denounces sharp price hikes for EpiPen injectors

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.

Lawmakers demand investigation of $100 price hike of life-saving EpiPens

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.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar To Speak At Ohio Democratic Women’s Luncheon

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Dozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate

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.

Minnesota memorial honors soldiers of ‘secret war’

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.