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Now that Sen. Al Franken has announced he will resign in the coming weeks, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is facing a high-pressure decision over appointing a replacement.
The Minnesota senator, who called the latest anonymous accusation "preposterous," is set to speak about his future. It comes after Democratic leaders united Wednesday to tell him it was time to go.
One bill, touching on two issues close to Minnesota's heart — the mining economy and the wild beauty of the North Woods — divided the state's congressional delegation this week.
Also, a new accuser, an Army veteran, told CNN that a 2003 encounter came while posing for a photo with Franken, who was on a USO tour.
Stras declines to spell out views on issues but says he'd be "impartial voice" on federal courts.
The Minnesota Democrat continues his apology tour, then turns to legislation.
Ending an 8-day silence, the senator says he's ashamed by the accusations of groping, but ready to get back to work today.
"Let me say again that I'm sorry," the senator wrote in a statement. He apologized for embraces that "crossed a line."
A once-bright political career now hangs in the balance.
Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.
'What are you doing?' the Minnesota Democrat fended off unwelcome attention from a fellow member of Congress by swatting him with newspaper.
Suburban swing districts south and west of the Twin Cities are drawing some of the most intense national interest, and generating some of the most excitement among Democrats hoping to flip two prize Republican seats next year.
Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program used to be a fairly painless, bipartisan process. But few things are painless or bipartisan in Washington these days.…
News that the former Minnesota congressman had been caught up in Robert Mueller's probe has been hard to reconcile for friends.
His youngest daughter, Katherine Nolan-Bensen, received a diagnosis of advanced stage 4 lung cancer almost three years ago.
Minnesota Democrat calls on the attorney general to give full accounting of the Trump campaign's contact with Russia.
As opponents call for cuts, Planned Parenthood says its services are essential.
Senators say Minnesota effort to lower insurance rates shouldn't cost state millions in federal health-care funding.
For Sen. Al Franken, donations from the recently disgraced Hollywood producer were a political liability. For the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, where Franken's campaign redirected the money, that means hot food and warm socks for women in need in Minneapolis.
As California burned and Puerto Rico struggled to get the lights turned back on, the House approved another $36.5 billion in disaster aid. Those funds…
DFLer Leah Phifer touts her experience as a counterterrorism expert.
Clash heats up over power to veto court appointees.
An emergency infusion of federal funding will keep children's health insurance programs going for another month.
State Senate Republican holds subdued event in wake of Vegas shooting.
Minnesota senator shared the stage with Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, who sponsored the latest, likely unsuccessful, GOP attempt to dismantle the ACA.
The Graham-Cassidy bill could defund MinnesotaCare and shift funding from Minnesota to states like Wisconsin. "This takes us back several steps." a Minnesota health official says.
The millions of dollars that Minnesota wants to spend to limit rate hikes in the individual health insurance market could cost the state millions more in federal funding for low-income health care.
The Minnesota Democrat announced Tuesday that he has signed on as a cosponsor of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care plan, calling health care "a right for all Americans."
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.
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The Democratic senator said Tuesday he will not return a blue slip that would allow the nomination of David Stras to advance to a vote, concerned that the justice is too conservative.
Labor projections suggest the state needs to increase, not cut, legal immigration.
Congress returns this week from a monthlong recess to a legislative calendar counting down to Sept. 30, the deadline to fund the government or at least pass a stopgap to keep it running a few months longer.
Federal lawmakers have until the end of September to renew funds for the CHIP program.
Minnesota state Sen. Richard Cohen joins mass exodus from presidential arts council over Charlottesville
The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities resigned to protest Trump's response to Charlottesville
A handful of Minnesota’s members of Congress, including several DFLers and one Republican, tweeted in response to President Trump’s comments on Tuesday suggesting that counter-protesters…
Among other things, the group wants to examine names, addresses and voting history in search of fraudulent votes that may have been cast.
The Seniors Fraud Prevention Act, which passed unanimously, strengthens the federal reporting system for fraud complaints and requires the FTC to monitor fraud schemes targeting seniors.
A simmering trade battle could endanger a solar-panel plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., in a region eager for jobs other than the boom-or-bust work in the taconite mines.
Minnesota's Lori Swanson joins 18 attorneys general in asking Congress to block transgender troop ban
The proposal would violate American values, as well as the Constitution and would harm transgender residents in their states as well, the officials wrote.
The Republican senator tipped off Amy Klobuchar before casting his vote against 'skinny' Obamacare repeal.
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a deep-pocketed national super PAC, gets a jump on the fierce campaign battle for the seat 15 months before the election.
A tariff on imported steel that President Donald Trump says will shore up the sagging U.S. steel industry enjoys growing political popularity in Minnesota, even as those who specialize in trade policy warn that it could injure other critical parts of the state's economy.
The president trumpeted U.S.-made goods at the White House this week — and put in a plug for the Minnesota pillow company.
The Pentagon won’t be conducting a threat assessment of Islam after all. Tucked into a massive military spending bill was a provision that would have…
That came as Senate Democrats called on the Trump administration to rescind the request.
Two days after protest, Dayton says the DNR will survey Mille Lacs this fall.
State will enroll them, but VA urges caution.
Now mounting his first statewide bid, Walz is a kind of endangered political species: the rural Democrat.
WASHINGTON – Every Minnesota lawmaker has a wish list. Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison wants to change the way rating agencies assign credit scores. His…
Minnesota's Jason Lewis backs bill to give counties, cities some legal oversight.
Paulsen is on congressional baseball team targeted by gunman, but wasn't at practice; roommate Scalise was among those wounded
Klobuchar called for access after hallway ban issued.
The former state senator is first DFLer to join the race.
In a special session, Gov. Dayton and lawmakers work to finalize the state's $46 billion budget.
"We've got a framework. We still have details to work out," Dayton said, calling a special session for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to end at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
No budget agreement, but the battle over ID bill appears to be over, along with worries that passports would be needed to fly.
GOP hopes overhaul will ease staffing shortages; DFL critics worry standards will slip.
The Minnesota House voted to impose harsh new penalties on doctors who subject little girls to the painful ritual.
MinnMed and LeafLine Labs have lost $11 million in the past two years.
The college president made the revelation after first not disclosing the validity of the note but saying its author had confessed.
With a 2018 re-election race in Minnesota still in front of her, Klobuchar sidestepped the presidential question. Still, with a 72 percent home-state approval rating in last month's Minnesota Poll, she offered herself as a national voice for a political party trying to find a path back to power.
The college president signed off on student demands to address concerns about racism on the campus of the Northfield college.
Hibbing High School prepares to renovate its storied stage
Fighting a catastrophic famine in the Horn of Africa is a "nonpartisan" issue, they say.
The involuntary invaders are crowding Minnesota lakes, dumped there by negligent owners.
But a 45-minute search by police netted no reptile.
Even as the 20th anniversary of the Great Flood approaches, few in Grand Forks care to look back. When they do, they recall the fear, the heartbreak and hard work.
The little white church was a community's last link to the past.
Worthington is the latest town to win a grant from the legacy fund
Sheriff's long career was shadowed by the 27-year search for 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.
David O’Connor had one last medal pinned to his chest near the end of his life. One final honor for a man who served on…
The towering statue in Two Harbors, Minn., lost its entire right forearm to high winds that raked the Lake Superior shoreline on Tuesday. The same storm spawned early tornadoes, downed trees and knocked out power to thousands of people across the state.
Half of the Brule River vanishes into a hole in the ground. Now scientists think they've figured out where the water went.
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