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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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Bachmann's fundraising goes on, and so does her spending

Bachmann's fundraising goes on, and so does her spending

Michele Bachmann said in May 2013 that she would not seek a fifth term. But since then, she has continued to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and spend lavishly.
Rep. Collin Peterson working hard, not signaling any departure

Rep. Collin Peterson working hard, not signaling any departure

National Republicans still looking to unseat veteran member of Congress.
Republicans seek to take gray wolves off endangered list

Republicans seek to take gray wolves off endangered list

Language in spending bill criticized as “overreach.”

Patriot Act overhaul includes part pushed by Franken on feds, customer info

Minnesota firms are wary of the provision allowing companies to let the public know whenever federal investigators seek private consumer data about their customers.
Rep. Kline backs loan forgiveness for Corinthian students

Rep. Kline backs loan forgiveness for Corinthian students

As pressure mounted, the chairman of the House education committee said in a statement that he supports discharging loans for students of the defunct for-profit school.

Minnesotans enjoying low gas prices – on crumbly roads, bridges

Lawmakers can’t reach a deal to fund repairs, and taxpayers seem happy to keep paying less.
As EPA tries to regulate water, ranchers, counties push back

As EPA tries to regulate water, ranchers, counties push back

Midwestern Democrats, counties also join fight over clean waterway rules that Sen. Klobuchar says are unclear.
Minnesota experts seek new approach against terrorism

Minnesota experts seek new approach against terrorism

The “countering violent extremism” program, which will likely pay for youth mentorships and cultural programs, already is coming under fire before it has doled out any cash in Minnesota.
Minnesota's two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting

Minnesota's two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting

  WASHINGTON – Minnesota’s most conservative Democrat caught up with Minnesota’s most liberal Democrat last weekend to get to know each other better. They…
Kline pushes Interior Department to fix American Indian school

Kline pushes Interior Department to fix American Indian school

Conditions at Leech Lake impede learning, he says.
Minnesota Guard paid Vikings, Wild $2M-plus in tax dollars

Minnesota Guard paid Vikings, Wild $2M-plus in tax dollars

Taxpayer dollars to Vikings and Wild were aimed at recruiting at sporting events.

April 6: 4 suburban counties hire federal help to upend Met Council

They’ve hired a D.C. lobbyist to argue to the feds that the agency lacks elected officials to make decisions.
Franken raises concerns about 'personalized pricing' by airlines

Franken raises concerns about 'personalized pricing' by airlines

Airlines may price seats based on your ZIP code, your travel habits or your marital status — a practice Sen. Al Franken has urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to further regulate.
Rep. Ellison: Terror recruits are in the dark, hard to reach

Rep. Ellison: Terror recruits are in the dark, hard to reach

In interview after arrests of six Minnesotans, the Democrat says: "They’re not going to Mogadishu, they’re going to Syria or Iraq to go fight somebody they don’t know. For what? What’s the comfort they are looking for?”
Hearing on Indian schools leaves Kline frustrated

Hearing on Indian schools leaves Kline frustrated

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” committee chairman said, adding that so many federal agencies are all charged with supervising Indian schools, yet no one is getting the job done.
Klobuchar strikes deal on human trafficking bill, breaking gridlock

Klobuchar strikes deal on human trafficking bill, breaking gridlock

Klobuchar says she called Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn from a cornfield in Moorhead over the recent congressional break with a compromise.
Rep. McCollum pitted against other Dems on mining proposal in the Boundary Waters

Rep. McCollum pitted against other Dems on mining proposal in the Boundary Waters

McCollum is at odds with fellow Democrats over stricter mining regulations on federal lands.
After easy re-election, Rep. John Kline hits snags in the more conservative House

After easy re-election, Rep. John Kline hits snags in the more conservative House

The Republican’s three-year legacy legislation, an overhaul of No Child Left Behind, has stalled in the House of Representatives because he has lost so much GOP support and failed to generate enthusiasm among Democrats.
Rep. Tom Emmer's eyes opened on congressional African trip

Rep. Tom Emmer's eyes opened on congressional African trip

GOP Rep. Tom Emmer is the first to acknowledge how much he is learning in his first 100 days of his first term in Congress.
Jan. 7: Emmer goes to work amid chaos and change

Jan. 7: Emmer goes to work amid chaos and change

Minnesota’s newest congressman joins GOP majority on Capitol Hill.
March 10: Freshman Emmer points to new approach in Congress

March 10: Freshman Emmer points to new approach in Congress

Tom Emmer, a one-time gubernatorial candidate who for years made headlines for his conservative fire and edgy ideas, is calming down. That doesn’t mean he’s less conservative.

Three months after big fine, FEC again warns state GOP to clear up paperwork

Request for clarification comes months after party was fined by Federal Election Commission.
Klobuchar memoir to be published right after Iowa Straw poll

Klobuchar memoir to be published right after Iowa Straw poll

Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins a crowded group of ambitious politicians who have penned memoirs about their upbringing and life in the Senate chamber. The publication is tied to a key date on the presidential election calendar.
Sen. Franken urges Dave Letterman to run for U.S. Senate

Sen. Franken urges Dave Letterman to run for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Sen. Al Franken urged comedian and talk-show host David Letterman to run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, according to excerpts released by…
Rep. John Kline moves to loosen new school lunch standards

Rep. John Kline moves to loosen new school lunch standards

Kline and the powerful food lobby that donates money to him, say the new rules are onerous and expensive for school districts and there is more food waste when students are required to take foods they would not otherwise choose.
Sen. Klobuchar aide knew about abortion language, failed to tell boss

Sen. Klobuchar aide knew about abortion language, failed to tell boss

But senator was not alerted, her office says.
Abortion provision jeopardizes bipartisan sex-trafficking measure

Abortion provision jeopardizes bipartisan sex-trafficking measure

Republicans added the abortion funding language, senators say.

Jan. 29: Feds hit Minnesota GOP with $26,000 fine

The latest fine, for failing to disclose nearly $250,000 in receipts, payments and debts from 2009 to 2011, brings total in two cases to nearly $200,000.
Angry local Somalis allege racial profiling, harassment at airports

Angry local Somalis allege racial profiling, harassment at airports

Despite security clearances from the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, Somali youth leader Mohamed Farah from Minneapolis says he cannot board a plane at the Twin Cities airport without being stopped and double-screened by agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

It’s been exceedingly hard lately for Somali-Americans to wire cash back to families in their homeland after the main California-based bank that facilitated the bulk of the business halted Somalia transfers Feb. 7. The bank stopped doing business in Somalia after the Treasury Department issued a cease-and-desist order last year because bank officials could not adequately prove all of the money being wired from the United States was going to legitimate sources.
Sens. Franken, Klobuchar adjust to life in the (Democratic) minority

Sens. Franken, Klobuchar adjust to life in the (Democratic) minority

It’s a new world for both of Minnesota’s Democratic senators, who say they are slowly adjusting to a life in which they aren’t in charge, don’t run the committees, can’t call hearings and have little control over what gets voted on.
Minnesota officials, imams talk up outreach at White House

Minnesota officials, imams talk up outreach at White House

Minnesota program tries to stop youths from joining jihadists
Trust, action key in Minnesota's fight against extremism

Trust, action key in Minnesota's fight against extremism

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger will present his work in Minnesota's Somali community, along with religious, school and community leaders in the state, at a Washington summit on countering violent extremism.
Sen. Klobuchar leads effort in U.S. Senate to lift Cuba trade embargo

Sen. Klobuchar leads effort in U.S. Senate to lift Cuba trade embargo

Minnesota delegation eyes ag, tourism perks.

McCollum, Ellison to boycott Netanyahu speech next month

McCollum, Ellison decry breach of protocol in Israeli leader’s planned speech to Congress.
Somalis turn to Minn. officials for help after bank halts money transfers

Somalis turn to Minn. officials for help after bank halts money transfers

Merchants Bank halted money transfers to nation.
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright recommended for federal bench

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright recommended for federal bench

WASHINGTON – Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken recommended on Friday to President Obama that Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright be nominated to…
Bill on veterans' services heads to Obama's desk

Bill on veterans' services heads to Obama's desk

WASHINGTON – An evaluation of Veterans Administration suicide prevention programs and better psychiatry services are part of a bill by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim…
Minnesota ag is well-represented on Agriculture Committees in Congress

Minnesota ag is well-represented on Agriculture Committees in Congress

Minnesota has more members on House Agricultural Committee than California or Texas, both of which have four and six times the number of House members total. Minnesota has Ag representation from the Seventh, Eighth, First and Sixth Congressional Districts, three Democrats and a Republican respectively.

Medical device company executive plans run against Rep. John Kline

Political newcomer says she will seek DFL nomination in 2016.
GOP, Democrats gird for showdown on No Child Left Behind overhaul

GOP, Democrats gird for showdown on No Child Left Behind overhaul

This spring, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are girding for one of the biggest showdowns in a decade on how to revamp the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind law that fundamentally challenged norms in public education by requiring schools prove ­students were effectively learning core subjects.
Minneapolis mom moves front and center in speech

Minneapolis mom moves front and center in speech

President adopted Rebekah Erler’s family story as emblematic of middle-class America.
Rep. Tim Walz swaps Transportation for Defense, hopes to gain power

Rep. Tim Walz swaps Transportation for Defense, hopes to gain power

Former soldier expects Armed Services committee to be better power base for him, constituents.
Cargill takes the lead in urging end to Cuba trade restrictions

Cargill takes the lead in urging end to Cuba trade restrictions

Cargill and the new U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba — more than two dozen trade associations representing virtually every crop and meat produced in the United States — have engaged Minnesotans in Congress for help.

Homeland Security zeroes in on U of M software program as new tool

Homeland Security takes deep interest in CRISTAL, whose uses could include protecting the nation’s food supply.
Klobuchar gets tourism measure tucked in spending bill

Klobuchar gets tourism measure tucked in spending bill

Brand USA’s campaign drew an additional 1 million visitors to the United States. One international ad featured the Mall of America.
For Rep. Keith Ellison, recent protests speak to a lifelong struggle

For Rep. Keith Ellison, recent protests speak to a lifelong struggle

Recent protests across the country, including in Minneapolis, have stoked old passions for the Minnesota Democrat.
Michele Bachmann doesn't leave Washington quietly

Michele Bachmann doesn't leave Washington quietly

‘I kept the faith,’ she says, promising to stay in the spotlight
Franken: Uber still has work to do to protect privacy

Franken: Uber still has work to do to protect privacy

The senator has pressed Uber, the popular ride-share service that is upending the taxi industry, to be more transparent and accountable in how it handles the data associated with its burgeoning number of passengers around the world.
Congress likely to finalize tax credits extension; some call package harmful

Congress likely to finalize tax credits extension; some call package harmful

Both chambers likely to extend tax credits, but not everyone’s happy about it.
Ambitious Klobuchar quietly climbs ranks in Washington

Ambitious Klobuchar quietly climbs ranks in Washington

Poised to navigate power shift in the Senate, she’s mum about her future plans. She’s already elevated her profile to the point where her name surfaces whenever there is a top Obama administration vacancy or a list of presidential aspirants.
U.S. Capitol now adorned with Minnesota tree

U.S. Capitol now adorned with Minnesota tree

An 88-foot giant from Chippewa National Forest with ornaments made by the hands of Minnesota kids is now alight in front of the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Net neutrality advocates feeling momentum as decision nears

Net neutrality advocates feeling momentum as decision nears

At issue is a pending decision by the FCC — likely to come out in 2015 — that will decide whether Internet service can be regulated under the same act used to regulate telephone service.
Former Minn. GOP congressman Bill Frenzel dies at 86

Former Minn. GOP congressman Bill Frenzel dies at 86

Bill Frenzel, for 20 years a Republican member of Congress who served the west metro until 1991 and was a leading spokesman for his chamber on economic matters, has died. He was special adviser in 1993 to President Clinton, assigned to lobby Capitol Hill on behalf of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Three Minnesota Dems break with party, support Keystone pipeline

Three Minnesota Dems break with party, support Keystone pipeline

Rep. Rick Nolan, a prior no vote, hopes the project brings jobs to the Iron Range. The measure heads to the Senate next week; if passed, however, it faces an uncertain future on President Obama’s desk.
Peterson, Nolan beat back GOP congressional challengers

Peterson, Nolan beat back GOP congressional challengers

The two Democrats faced strong and well-financed Republican opponents.
Tom Emmer wins race to replace Rep. Bachmann

Tom Emmer wins race to replace Rep. Bachmann

Republican Tom Emmer, who failed in his bid to be Minnesota’s governor four years ago, won the seat being vacated by Rep. Michele Bachmann in…
Franken, McFadden find common ground as well as differences

Franken, McFadden find common ground as well as differences

In the third and final debate before Election Day, Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden worked harder to acknowledge their differences than their similarities.
Nolan, Mills battle for every vote in state's closest race

Nolan, Mills battle for every vote in state's closest race

The district now ranks second among all U.S. House races for outside cash pouring in. A recent analysis showed that independent groups have pumped more than $12 million into ads, mailers and other efforts.
Seventh District race for Congress has national focus

Seventh District race for Congress has national focus

The cash and attention put the fight between 12-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson and state Sen. Torrey Westrom in the spotlight.
Franken, McFadden raise temperature of their race in debate

Franken, McFadden raise temperature of their race in debate

Differences on ISIL and Ebola led to raised voices and sharp exchanges in Sunday confrontation moderated by WCCO-TV.
Brand-new early voting blitz targets Indian Country, young

Brand-new early voting blitz targets Indian Country, young

Early voting is hitting an all-time high in Minnesota, and campaigns are ramping up their get-out-the-vote efforts.
Minnesota GOP's Larson goes national

Minnesota GOP's Larson goes national

WASHINGTON – Jeff Larson has been called the silver bullet in Minnesota GOP politics, the smartest guy in the room, a close friend and political…
Democrats say candidate Westrom boosted salary through expenses

Democrats say candidate Westrom boosted salary through expenses

Party counterpunches against challenger in Seventh District.
Rep. Michele Bachmann: Border Patrol not stopping anyone on southern frontier

Rep. Michele Bachmann: Border Patrol not stopping anyone on southern frontier

  WASHINGTON – In one of her last speeches as a member of Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann alleged that U.S. Border Patrol agents aren’t…
Ellison pounds pavement to get 'souls to the polls'

Ellison pounds pavement to get 'souls to the polls'

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison could put his campaign in neutral and coast to victory if he wanted. But that’s not how he’s approaching this race.
Rep. Nolan, Mills spar over guns, taxes, health care

Rep. Nolan, Mills spar over guns, taxes, health care

It’s the only scheduled debate in 8th District race, Minnesota’s hottest.
Tom Emmer has toned down his Tea Party message

Tom Emmer has toned down his Tea Party message

When he ran for governor in 2010, he embraced Tea Party’s anti-government themes.
Minnesota's congressional delegation seeks answers in Marine's death

Minnesota's congressional delegation seeks answers in Marine's death

Congress members ask for a meeting with national VA secretary.
Franken's campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor

Franken's campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor

Franken is locked in a nationally important political fight to keep his job, a race that could help determine which party controls the Senate.
Minnesota's congressional delegation split on arming Syrian rebels

Minnesota's congressional delegation split on arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON – It’s not often that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan join together to support the same amendment. On Thursday,…
Ellison tells White House to work with local communities to curb radicalization

Ellison tells White House to work with local communities to curb radicalization

The advice comes as Obama administration officials say they are stepping up engagement to Muslim communities across the United States — including Minnesota.
Nolan in political fight of his life vs. Mills in 8th District

Nolan in political fight of his life vs. Mills in 8th District

This colorful matchup is Minnesota’s hottest race. It has been dubbed a “toss up” by every political observer in the country and has already garnered more than $2M in outside money for ads.
Minnesota delegation to Obama: We want clarity on how to handle ISIL

Minnesota delegation to Obama: We want clarity on how to handle ISIL

Politicians call for action against group’s fighters and resources to combat recruiting in the state.
McFadden says oral contraception should be available over the counter

McFadden says oral contraception should be available over the counter

The Senate hopeful says he is coming at the issue “as a problem-solver” rather than making it a partisan debate.
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