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Allison Sherry

Senior Political Correspondent | Washington D.C.
phone: 202-383-6120
I arrived at the Strib in March 2014, though was already living in D.C. Previously, I was the one-man bureau for the Denver Post. Before my beltway arrival in January 2011, I worked in the Denver newsroom covering an array of beats from health care to education, from poverty and the Great Recession to state politics.
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Keith Ellison opens the door to leaving House for DNC post

Keith Ellison opens the door to leaving House for DNC post

Speaking in Denver to state Democratic Party chairs, Ellison said the DNC job is more important than his seat in Congress, though he continued to insist that he could do both.
Reeling Democrats ponder if Rep. Ellison is right pick to lead

Reeling Democrats ponder if Rep. Ellison is right pick to lead

The Fifth District congressman says economic populism belongs at core of party's message. But his campaign is facing stiff resistance, including from the White House.
Minnesota native celebrates GOP job well done

Minnesota native celebrates GOP job well done

Kevin McLaughlin, deputy executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, essentially had one charge: Keep the upper chamber in Republican hands.
Ellison launches bid to run the national Democratic Party

Ellison launches bid to run the national Democratic Party

Minneapolis Democrat says turnout is key going forward.
Ellison in the running to head up the DNC

Ellison in the running to head up the DNC

He's expected to decide Monday whether or not to seek the chairmanship.
Rick Nolan wins again over Stewart Mills in tight, expensive Minn. Eighth District race

Rick Nolan wins again over Stewart Mills in tight, expensive Minn. Eighth District race

The battle for Minnesota's northeastern congressional district could come down to mere thousands of votes in what is expected to be among the state's closest U.S. House races.
Trump in Minnesota, Clinton in Ohio for campaign's final push

Trump in Minnesota, Clinton in Ohio for campaign's final push

In the critical final 100 hours of the campaign, thousands turned out to hear Trump at the airport as Clinton campaigned in Ohio and supporters in Minnesota got a boost from Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.
Mills, Nolan battle to win over anxious DFLers in state's tightest race for Congress

Mills, Nolan battle to win over anxious DFLers in state's tightest race for Congress

New economy tests party loyalties in 8th District.
Affordable Care Act takes center stage in Walz-Hagedorn battle for Congress

Affordable Care Act takes center stage in Walz-Hagedorn battle for Congress

Rep. Tim Walz would revisit it, while challenger Jim Hagedorn would repeal it.
Minnesota Poll: 54% say Clinton not truthful about her e-mail

Minnesota Poll: 54% say Clinton not truthful about her e-mail

A majority in the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll also say recent leaks of her paid speeches and hacked e-mails are damaging to her presidential bid.
Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump's 'rigged' election claims

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump's 'rigged' election claims

Statewide, 47 percent of those polled think Trump was wrong to question the legitimacy of the U.S. election system, and the divide is widened by geography.
A few Trump die-hards, but many in GOP deplore remarks

A few Trump die-hards, but many in GOP deplore remarks

WASHINGTON – It seems that GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has very few comrades among Republicans in Minnesota. Two weeks after a 2005…
Outside cash floods rematch of Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills

Outside cash floods rematch of Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills

The intense spending highlights that both sides believe the northern Minnesota district is winnable and could become critical in the battle for U.S. House control.
Obama endorses Paulsen challenger Terri Bonoff in new video

Obama endorses Paulsen challenger Terri Bonoff in new video

Obama says they need more people like the Minnetonka DFLer in Congress
Hillary Clinton, Al Franken build political alliance

Hillary Clinton, Al Franken build political alliance

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has visited nine states this year in an all-out effort to help Clinton get elected, raising money and campaigning in places like New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Los Angeles.
Meet Obama's 'body man' and golf partner – Minnesotan Joe Paulsen

Meet Obama's 'body man' and golf partner – Minnesotan Joe Paulsen

President Obama has a guy who pierces the stressful bubble he inhabits every day. He's constantly at the president's side quietly doing whatever is needed: write a few remarks, lighten the mood with a baseball update or even play a round of golf on the weekend.
Minnesota GOP officials, donors torn over Trump tax returns

Minnesota GOP officials, donors torn over Trump tax returns

Some admonish him for not releasing returns, but others call it a nonissue.
Franken, Klobuchar to vote to override Obama veto on terrorism lawsuits

Franken, Klobuchar to vote to override Obama veto on terrorism lawsuits

Klobuchar, Franken plan to join veto override on Saudi bill.

Eighth District candidates Nolan and Mills clash over ... everything

Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and GOP challenger Stewart Mills engaged in a spirited debate Monday in Duluth over health care, energy, higher-education reform and…
Minnesota Poll: Clinton keeps lead, but Trump makes gains

Minnesota Poll: Clinton keeps lead, but Trump makes gains

Minnesota Poll: She holds a commanding margin in Twin Cities; he has the edge in outlying suburbs and outstate.
One upset mother inspires Ellison's campus gun measure

One upset mother inspires Ellison's campus gun measure

WASHINGTON – Usually, an individual person does not inspire a member of Congress to propose federal legislation. But when Marti Priest called the office…
Hockey players, family members lobby Congress on issue of head injuries

Hockey players, family members lobby Congress on issue of head injuries

Former players seek research, protections and NHL recognition of links between sports and brain injury.
On the Iron Range, Rick Nolan battles Stewart Mills – and Trump

On the Iron Range, Rick Nolan battles Stewart Mills – and Trump

Stung by the loss of blue-collar jobs, Nolan's northern Minnesota congressional district is a hotbed of Trump support, even among some Democrats.
Minnesota among top states for refugee resettlement

Minnesota among top states for refugee resettlement

Among the more than 2,000 who made homes in Minnesota in fiscal 2016, almost 1,100 were Somalis, with 25 from Syria.
Emmer embraces Trump as other Republicans are being cautious

Emmer embraces Trump as other Republicans are being cautious

The first-term Minnesota congressman is among the few to openly support Trump, highlighting the anxiety many in Congress are feeling.
Vin Weber linked to ex-Trump strategist's Ukrainian lobbying effort

Vin Weber linked to ex-Trump strategist's Ukrainian lobbying effort

The former Minnesota Republican faces uncertainty as to whether he will be part of any federal inquiry into the lobbying.
Minnesotans glum about the future, their campaign choices

Minnesotans glum about the future, their campaign choices

State voters' unease about the trustworthiness of the presidential frontrunners looms large at a pivotal time in the race, according to the latest Minnesota Poll.
Minnesotans give top marks to Sens. Klobuchar, Franken

Minnesotans give top marks to Sens. Klobuchar, Franken

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar both rank in the top 10 most popular senators in the high chamber, according to a poll by Morning Consult.
Sen. Franken measure to get loans to Indian Country garners bipartisan love

Sen. Franken measure to get loans to Indian Country garners bipartisan love

WASHINGTON – The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been interested in installing solar panels on the reservation — which has soaring northern sun…
April 21: Supreme Court takes hard look at Minnesota's implied consent

April 21: Supreme Court takes hard look at Minnesota's implied consent

It appeared the justices want to clear up the Fourth Amendment argument against unreasonable searches.
U.S. Supreme Court to debate Minn. law on breath tests

U.S. Supreme Court to debate Minn. law on breath tests

The ruling in the case to be heard Wednesday could touch thousands of the state's motorists each year in DWI stops, attorneys say.
Rubio's 17 MN delegates could play outsized role in GOP nomination

Rubio's 17 MN delegates could play outsized role in GOP nomination

The 17 delegates pledged to Marco Rubio will wield enormous power in deciding whether GOP front-runners Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lock up the party nomination.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff to challenge Rep. Paulsen, sources say

State Sen. Terri Bonoff to challenge Rep. Paulsen, sources say

The Minnetonka senator's team is planning to launch her campaign Saturday at the local Senate convention.
Rep. Nolan leads effort to push president to declassify 9/11 report details

Rep. Nolan leads effort to push president to declassify 9/11 report details

Classified 28-page document would shed more light on who backed the terrorists and their attacks on the U.S.
MSP wary of too little staffing for beefed-up airport security

MSP wary of too little staffing for beefed-up airport security

The U.S. Senate vote to buttress security at the nation's airports comes as the Twin Cities airport is still reeling from long waits in March for screening.
Federal government to spend $12 million to rebuild Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School

Federal government to spend $12 million to rebuild Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School

The Leech Lake Reservation school gained national attention for poor conditions.
Some question Paulsen's free trips paid for by outside groups

Some question Paulsen's free trips paid for by outside groups

Travel paid by interest groups is legal, but some call it peddling influence.
GOP's Stewart Mills retooling his image in congressional rematch

GOP's Stewart Mills retooling his image in congressional rematch

WASHINGTON – Republican Stewart Mills III has cut his hair short. He has sold his family’s successful home improvement and outdoor retailer. And now…

In Cuba, Emmer, Klobuchar say Obama's historic trip will help their efforts to lift trade embargo

The historic trip will help efforts to lift the trade embargo, they say.
In Cuba, Klobuchar, Emmer say trip will help efforts to lift trade embargo

In Cuba, Klobuchar, Emmer say trip will help efforts to lift trade embargo

President Obama and 40 members of Congress visited Havana this week.
Rep. Ellison takes voter outreach to iTunes

Rep. Ellison takes voter outreach to iTunes

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison has taken his liberal-leaning viewpoint — oft touted on cable television and seen in Twin Cities media outlets —…
MAC officials to Congress: We're worried about security lines

MAC officials to Congress: We're worried about security lines

With increased passenger traffic and a short supply of security screeners, stress levels are climbing.
Klobuchar, Emmer to join Obama's historic trip to Cuba

Klobuchar, Emmer to join Obama's historic trip to Cuba

The Minnesotans in Congress were invited as part of an aggressive push on Capitol Hill to get Congress to lift the Cuban trade embargo.
Could Trump upend Paulsen, other suburban Republicans?

Could Trump upend Paulsen, other suburban Republicans?

Donald Trump's surging candidacy is causing angst in many GOP congressional districts as the brash billionaire's rhetoric risks alienating affluent conservative suburban voters.
Feds' response to MSP security lines riles Minn. politicians

Feds' response to MSP security lines riles Minn. politicians

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said federal officials have not caught up with the security screener hiring they are authorized to do.
Mills walks line on trade deal in challenging Nolan

Mills walks line on trade deal in challenging Nolan

Many fellow GOPers support trade pact that's unpopular on Iron Range.
Klobuchar, Franken beseech Republicans to allow Supreme Court vote

Klobuchar, Franken beseech Republicans to allow Supreme Court vote

Panel of scholars calls holdup unconscionable.
Obama pledges aggressive enforcement of steel rules

Obama pledges aggressive enforcement of steel rules

Dayton asked president for help as Iron Range hardship continues.
Emmer lobbies U.S. Cuban community to end embargo

Emmer lobbies U.S. Cuban community to end embargo

Republican works to lift embargo in visit to Florida, heart of U.S. Cuban community.
Minnesota congressional candidates balance sentiments over Islam

Minnesota congressional candidates balance sentiments over Islam

Anti-Muslim fears add new tension in national races.
Faribault female WWII pilot pushes for access to Arlington

Faribault female WWII pilot pushes for access to Arlington

WASHINGTON – For 96-year-old Betty Wall Strohfus, the barrier to Arlington National Cemetery represents just one more battle in her lifetime push for gender…

Dayton, senators seek to save nonstop Japan flight

Governor, two senators stressed importance of nonstop flight to state's economy.
Judge halts demotion of embattled St. Paul Veterans Affairs official

Judge halts demotion of embattled St. Paul Veterans Affairs official

Embattled administrator likely to keep St. Paul post after appeal of reassignment to Arizona.
Minnesotan Scandinavians irked as Ted Cruz blocks ambassador nominees

Minnesotan Scandinavians irked as Ted Cruz blocks ambassador nominees

Norway has been without an ambassador for more than 800 days and Sweden tops 400 days without a U.S. representative.
Rubio, Clinton favored in Star Tribune poll of Minnesotans

Rubio, Clinton favored in Star Tribune poll of Minnesotans

Hillary Clinton has a 34-point lead over Bernie Sanders, but she faces challenges from two top Republicans for Minnesotans' support in the general election.
Clinton praises Minnesota's student loan refinancing program

Clinton praises Minnesota's student loan refinancing program

Democratic presidential candidate is touting her own student debt plan.
In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba

In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba

Minnesota Republican says trade embargo should end.
Minnesota response to Obama's gun moves follows party lines

Minnesota response to Obama's gun moves follows party lines

The president's executive orders also were met by a muted response from many in the Twin Cities gun industry and advocates who said it differed little from existing law.
Minn. medical device firms spent millions to get tax to go away

Minn. medical device firms spent millions to get tax to go away

State's medical device firms see tax suspension as a win.
Rep. Keith Ellison hones new voter-turnout strategy for Democrats

Rep. Keith Ellison hones new voter-turnout strategy for Democrats

Democrats around the country have high hopes the new effort will lead to more victories in nonpresidential elections.
Clinton comes to Minneapolis to lay out more detailed plan to defeat ISIL

Clinton comes to Minneapolis to lay out more detailed plan to defeat ISIL

The presidential candidate speaks Tuesday in Minneapolis as state wrestles with terrorism recruitment, radicalization.
End of No Child Left Behind a big win for outgoing Rep. John Kline

End of No Child Left Behind a big win for outgoing Rep. John Kline

WASHINGTON – Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline has spent the last few years trying to broker the rarest of deals in Washington, a bipartisan…
Clinton to unveil a plan to spur investment in manufacturing nationally

Clinton to unveil a plan to spur investment in manufacturing nationally

The plan, which she calls the "Manufacturing Renaissance Tax Credit" builds on an existing tax provision called the New Markets tax credit, popular on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Nolan pushs on two fronts to try to protect American steel

Rep. Nolan pushs on two fronts to try to protect American steel

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is forging two paths on behalf of the American steel industry. The first — and arguably the…
Syrians' plight spurs flood of donations to state's refugee agencies

Syrians' plight spurs flood of donations to state's refugee agencies

As rhetoric heats up, phones ring off hook at groups that can assist Syrian refugees.
Fierce, costly battle is taking shape in Second District race for Congress

Fierce, costly battle is taking shape in Second District race for Congress

Candidates have already poured $2 million into race.
Dayton receives more assurances over weekend about refugees

Dayton receives more assurances over weekend about refugees

The letter went out a day after GOP-controlled House voted to tighten restrictions on refugees.
Embattled St. Paul VA official transferred to another state, demoted

Embattled St. Paul VA official transferred to another state, demoted

Kim Graves sent to another state after investigation.
Rep. Tom Emmer seeks declaration of war on ISIL

Rep. Tom Emmer seeks declaration of war on ISIL

He refers to Paris attack, says politicians are 'stuck' over authorization of force.
St. Paul VA chief got $8.7K bonus in year she was investigated

St. Paul VA chief got $8.7K bonus in year she was investigated

Administrator Kimberly Graves was being investigated for using her position for personal gain.
Rybak gaining higher profile on national stage

Rybak gaining higher profile on national stage

The former Mpls. mayor picked a fight with the DNC over lack of debates.
Minnesota could be site of Democrats' early 2016 battles

Minnesota could be site of Democrats' early 2016 battles

Minnesota is likely to be among the ripest targets for the Bernie Sanders campaign to sap Hillary Clinton's momentum when presidential primaries and caucuses get started
Carter, Biden help honor Mondale as the V.P. who changed the job

Carter, Biden help honor Mondale as the V.P. who changed the job

Minnesota's elder statesman rejoins 39th president in spirited celebration
Mondale to be honored in D.C. for his lasting mark on politics

Mondale to be honored in D.C. for his lasting mark on politics

WASHINGTON – Walter Mondale successfully threaded a brand of Hubert Humphrey liberalism into the fabric of national politics in the 1970s and ’80s, leveraging…
Minnesota man launches super PAC about dyslexia

Minnesota man launches super PAC about dyslexia

WASHINGTON – There is a good news story out of Minnesota amid the Wild West nature of national campaign finance: A Hugo father of…
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