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This weekend's district conventions in the Second and Third districts will determine which challengers go up against Reps. Paulsen and Lewis this fall.
Minnesota is suing the federal government over a single question on the 2020 census — a question it argues could skew its population count and cost it everything from a seat in Congress to its share of federal funding.
Minnesota businessman spends weekend at Mar-a-Lago talking politics.
Neither Rep. Erik Paulsen nor neighboring Rep. Jason Lewis have attended a town hall gathering in more than a year — or in Paulsen's case, years.
Students from many backgrounds joined together as 800,000 rallied for stricter gun control as part of the March for Our Lives event.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's proposal to drop Great Lakes gray wolves from the endangered species list was dropped from the massive spending bill at the last minute — to the delight of Minnesota environmentalists and the dismay of state farmers who say wolf populations are healthy enough now to menace their livestock.
Minnesota's newest senator talked Al Franken, Stormy Daniels and blue waves on the ABC show -- and ran afoul of the network censors.
He said he wants to hear from educators, Cabinet for ideas on ending school violence.
Come November, Minnesota could find itself swept up in a midterm Democratic wave, or it could be the bulwark where the GOP picks up seats. Many millions in political spending are expected to wash through the state in a year that also features an open governor's race, two U.S. Senate campaigns and dozens of other down-ticket races.
The former governor and his allies have been reaching out to donors, trying to gauge support for a possible run for a third term in his old job.
Senator clarifies ban's stance on sexual assault but calls the language "wholly inadequate."
Minnesota Republicans in Congress cite transparency in release of controversial intelligence memo; Paulsen more guarded in response.
Rep. Jason Lewis rejoined his colleagues at policy retreat in West Virginia despite the injury.
Republicans applauded, Democrats exchanged incredulous looks.
Minnesota justice's nomination was delayed by objections by former Sen. Franken.
Minnesota's delegation packs the galleries ahead of Trump's State of the Union address.
She's the ninth cosponsor, and first Minnesotan, to sign on to resolution.
Infuriated, Gov. Mark Dayton calls it a "terrible" decision, but mining advocates cheer.
Following a weekend of tense negotiations, Minnesota's Democratic senators voted to end a short-lived government shutdown.
Born with a tragic condition, she found joy amid pain before her Jan. 12 death.
Smith, other lawmakers from state express frustration.
Minnesota is going to be a 'tough state' for Republicans to win, he says in Fox Business News interview.
Three tribes from the Dakotas joined the legal blitz against drugmakers.
Stras declines to spell out views on issues but says he'd be "impartial voice" on federal courts.
Congress just pushed health care funding for some of the youngest and poorest Minnesotans to next year’s to-do list. Lawmakers dashed out of town for…
They're banding together to stave off possible firing.
Invoking Paul Wellstone, he said politics is about improving people's lives.
Senator-designate Tina Smith, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, will be sworn in the next day.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s political connections and savvy quickly united Minnesota’s ideologically and geographically diverse DFL Party behind her as Al Franken’s replacement in the…
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.
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.
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