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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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Sen. Al Franken, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to his left, concludes his remarks on Capitol Hill during the confirmation hearing for Attorney General Jeff

Franken says Sessions must resign if he lied under oath

Questions by Minnesota's Franken during confirmation hearing resurface and now have Sessions under scrutiny
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, listens as newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez gives a victory speech during the general sessio

New chair wants to make Ellison 'face of Democratic Party'

As deputy chairman, Ellison will keep Mpls. in spotlight.
Thomas Perez, the former labor secretary, hugged Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting in Atlanta on S

Rep. Keith Ellison to stay in Congress after loss in DNC race

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez beat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in a closely fought race to lead the Democratic Party as it tries to figure out how to take on GOP President Trump.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, right, a candidate for the Democratic National Committee chair hugs U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, MN-5, also a

Rep. Keith Ellison courts last-minute support ahead of DNC vote

The Minnesota Democratic congressman is putting his career on the line in the race for party chairman this weekend.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke while Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, gave testimony during

Klobuchar seeks open inquiry on Trump's possible Russia ties

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is diving into the boiling controversy over Russia and President Donald Trump, vowing to leverage what she said are strong alliances with her Republican colleagues to push for an independent investigation.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

Paulsen, emboldened by GOP rule but skeptical of Trump, targets tax reform

Minnesota companies fighting border tax plan that Paulsen supports; he hopes for 'win-win'
President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough with Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

A tale of two Democratic senators

WASHINGTON – Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been collecting national headlines and tweets full of speculation that he should run against President Trump in…
Tom Melton answered calls at Sen. Al Franken’s St. Paul office on Tuesday. Calls have spiked since Trump’s inauguration.

Minnesotans flooding Congress with calls as Trump makes waves

Trump's executive orders and Cabinet nominations have brought a flood of new contact with Minnesota's members of Congress
President Donald Trump holds a figurine given to him during a meeting with a group of sheriffs, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, F

Stanek praises Trump after White House meeting: 'It was what can he do for us'

Hennepin County sheriff, now leading national group, talks opioids and immigration with Trump at White House
The water cleanup effort underway on the St. Louis River may have to stop immediately with loss of federal funding.

Minnesota consequences expected in Trump's freeze of environmental cleanup funds

Halt to federal funds could affect cleanup of contaminated sites, air quality control.
Demonstrators gathered Saturday on the National Mall during the Women's March on Washington.

Immense crowds in Washington, elsewhere protest Trump over women's rights

Millions rally in historic protests against Trump.
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a candidate for the Democratic National Committee chair, spoke alongside other candidates for the DNC chair at a pa

As Rep. Keith Ellison seeks new role, potential successors swarm

The possibility of an open Fifth Congressional District seat is bringing all kinds of DFLers out as potential replacements for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison if…
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, shown at last year's state GOP convention, brought his whole family to the swearing-in ceremonies for the new administration on t

Minnesotans in Congress split by party in reaction to Trump speech

Minn. Republicans in DC strike upbeat note, but Democrats hear little to like from Trump
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Ellison, who is currently runni FILE - In t

Ellison says he's got what it takes to turn Democratic Party around

In D.C. debate before leaders, Minnesota congressman touts his organizing track record.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. questions Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on Capitol Hill in Washin

Franken's role in Trump's Washington is a work in progress

Senator says he'll take life with Trump, GOP majority "one day at a time."
Keynote speaker U.S. Representative Tim Walz addressed the crowd during the dedication of the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn., on Sunday, Ma

Rep. Walz, poised for top VA post, prepares to fight privatization of care

Top Democratic spot may bring conflict with GOP on privatizing veterans' care.
Rep. John Kline is wrapping up 39 years of public service and looking forward to using his pop-up camper.

Outgoing Rep. John Kline reflects on retirement, how D.C. has changed

WASHINGTON – Outgoing Republican Rep. John Kline gives up his seat in three days when incoming Republican Jason Lewis gets sworn in on Capitol…
The campaign for Jason Lewis for Congress was in high gear on Nov. 5 in Burnsville.

Jason Lewis goes to Washington — and now has to govern

Lewis faces the biggest test of his political career as he must rapidly transition from radio provocateur into a full-time member of Congress.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J.

Klobuchar will run for third Senate term, not for governor

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Amy Klobuchar acknowledged that many DFLers asked her to run for governor instead of Senate re-election. But she said it's not the right time to walk away from Washington.
FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Chi

Minnesota awaits possible U.S. spending on transportation

The issue is expected to garner bipartisan support, but the details of any plan are hazy. Across the nation, elected leaders are scrambling to find ways to pay for road and bridge repair.
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, shown in Cuba in 2015, is the lead Democrat on the trade embargo bill in the U.S. Senate.

Klobuchar, Emmer urge Trump to keep Obama's Cuba policies

The Minnesotans are among congressional leaders hoping to forestall a reversal of progress in U.S.-Cuban relations over the last two years.
Rep. Keith Ellison was re-elected in November to his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Keith Ellison: I will resign my seat if I win DNC chair

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will vacate his congressional seat if he wins the chairman job at the Democratic National Committee, and he conceded that a full-time chair is what the party wanted after the losses of the 2016 elections.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, center, D-Minn., listens with Jamie Harrison, back, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, as Ray Buckley, chair of th

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.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shown at the Democratic National Convention in July, believes he can reunite the splintered party.

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 Kevin McLaughlin sits in his office on Capitol Hill after presiding over the Senate Republican's campaign arm in the last cycle.

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.
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison introduced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders before he spoke at Northrop Auditorium Tuesday afternoon. ] JEFF WHEELER Ô

Ellison launches bid to run the national Democratic Party

Minneapolis Democrat says turnout is key going forward.
Ellison

Ellison in the running to head up the DNC

He's expected to decide Monday whether or not to seek the chairmanship.
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

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.
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by LeBron James, took the stage in Cleveland Sunday, while Donald Trump made a brief stop at the Sun Country hangar at Mi

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.
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

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

New economy tests party loyalties in 8th District.
Gus Walz, 9, played a video game and sat with his dad, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, before a big political event in June. Walz was running strong in the

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.
In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C.

2016 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.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned for weeks of a "rigged" election, telling his supports to watch out for large-scale voter fr

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.
Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers a stump speech to her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on

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…
Rep. Rick Nolan, left, D-Minn., is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, a race pro

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.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff

Obama endorses Paulsen challenger Terri Bonoff in new video

Obama says they need more people like the Minnetonka DFLer in Congress
Hillary Clinton with Sen. Al Franken in Minesota in 2014 as she stumped for Democratic candidates in the state.

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.
President Obama walks with personal aide Joe Paulsen, a Minnesota native who has been with Obama since the 2007 presidential campaign in Iowa.

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.
The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which closed in Sept. 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J., July 14, 2014. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 in

Minnesota GOP officials, donors torn over Trump tax returns

Some admonish him for not releasing returns, but others call it a nonissue.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, left, and Sen. Al Franken.

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…
While nationwide polls are tight, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 6 points in the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

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.
Rep. Keith Ellison

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…
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington, as lawmakers return from a 7-week break.

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.
Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan, left, is being challenged a second time by Republican Stewart Mills in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. Both m

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.
Abdirahman Abdullahi experiences many firsts, including learning how to navigate Twin Cities public transportation, as he and his family resettled in

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.
While other Republicans circle cautiously around Trump, Rep. Tom Emmer warmly backs him.

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.
Lobbyist and former U.S. Rep Vin Weber described his work as “anti-Russian.”

Aug. 25, 2016: Vin Weber linked to Manafort's Ukrainian lobbying effort

The former Minnesota Republican faces uncertainty as to whether he will be part of any federal inquiry into the lobbying.
Statewide, 65 percent of Minnesotans say the nation is off-track, with just 28 percent happy with the country’s direction.

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.
Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar appeared together in St. Paul in 2014.

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. Al Franken hopes that funding the solar project can generate jobs on the Leech Lake reservation.

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…
The Supreme Court building in Washington, March 7, 2016.

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.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of Minnesota's hotly debated law that makes it a crime for suspected drunken drivers

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.
Adam Gilbertson of Lakeville is running to be a Marco Rubio delegate and says he ultimately will support Sen. Ted Cruz.

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 announces her candidacy for Congress in the third district, in Minnetonka, Minn., Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Star Tribune

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.
Congressman Rick Nolan spoke to a group of Duluth veterans in a coffee shop four days before the 2014 election.

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.
TSA personnel moved passengers through the security line at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in March.

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.
Randall Kingbird, a junior at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School, sits in the office of counselor Jay Malchow. The school was once a pole shed used for mai

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.
Paulsen

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

Travel paid by interest groups is legal, but some call it peddling influence.
Stewart Mills III has a different look as he again runs for Congress in the Eighth District.

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.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

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

President Obama and 40 members of Congress visited Havana this week.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast takes on everything from the cost of diapers to prison phone rates.

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 —…
TSA personnel moved passengers through the security line at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Bl

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.
FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of a classic American car in Havana

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.
Erik Paulsen, shown as a candidate in 2012, said he understands the frustration expressed by Donald Trump supporters in his district.

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.
Passengers wait in line to go through the new north security checkpoint at Terminal 1 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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.
Stewart Mills must consider potential backlash from either side over deal.

Mills walks line on trade deal in challenging Nolan

Many fellow GOPers support trade pact that's unpopular on Iron Range.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar called it ‘unprecedented’

Klobuchar, Franken beseech Republicans to allow Supreme Court vote

Panel of scholars calls holdup unconscionable.
President Obama met with leaders during a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday.

Obama pledges aggressive enforcement of steel rules

Dayton asked president for help as Iron Range hardship continues.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer said trip to Havana last year dramatically reshaped his perspective on Cuba under communist rule.

Emmer lobbies U.S. Cuban community to end embargo

Republican works to lift embargo in visit to Florida, heart of U.S. Cuban community.
Police and the Plymouth Fire Department blocked off and investigated the intersection of Northwest Blvd. and Rockford Road in Plymouth near the site o

Minnesota congressional candidates balance sentiments over Islam

Anti-Muslim fears add new tension in national races.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter in January asking the Army to allow the remaining WASPs — there are only about 100

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.
Kimberly Graves

Judge halts demotion of embattled St. Paul Veterans Affairs official

Embattled administrator likely to keep St. Paul post after appeal of reassignment to Arizona.
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