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GOP voters choose Emmer as likely heir to Bachmann

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: August 12, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Tom Emmer’s victory in the Sixth Congressional District Republican primary Tuesday brings him a step closer to becoming the successor to retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The former state representative and conservative radio host handily defeated Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, capturing more than 70 percent of the vote.

Sivarajah stuck with her campaign even after Emmer secured the party nomination and Bachmann’s backing.

Emmer will be the favorite against Democrat Joe Perske and Independence Party candidate John Denney in November to represent the Sixth District, which includes the suburbs and exurbs north of the Twin Cities all the way to St. Cloud.

For Emmer, the race offers an opportunity to resume an ascending political career that stalled after his loss to Democrat Mark Dayton in the 2010 governor’s race.

Minnesota House members vote along party lines to sue President Obama

Posted by: Allison Sherry Updated: July 31, 2014 - 1:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Minnesota's eight House members voted mostly like the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday on a measure to sue President Barack Obama over executive powers -- the state's three Republicans supported it, the five Democrats voted against it.

At the heart of the House resolution, which authorizes GOP Speaker John Boehner to sue the president, is Obamacare. Republicans say the president has not adequately enforced the law, which they oppose, because his administration has delayed some parts of its implementation, including the requirement that employers provide health coverage.

Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen's spokesman sent over this statement Thursday:

"Congressman Paulsen is concerned about the continued growth of executive power and its impact on our political system. The vote made by the House seeks more accountability of the executive branch through this narrowly defined action. This is more about making sure the president – and any future president – is constitutionally required to faithfully execute our nation’s laws or go through Congress to have them changed."

Joining Paulsen in a yes vote were GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline.

Democrat Rep. Betty McCollum said ahead of the vote she was going to vote "no on the Boehner lawsuit and will instead focus my energy on the needs of the families of the Fourth District."

Democratic Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan also voted no.

"Republicans have failed to get their work done in Washington and they use stunts like this lawsuit to distract attention from that simple truth," McCollum said.

Amid immigration crisis, Bachmann to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will visit the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to see firsthand where thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the country in recent months.

Bachmann and GOP congressman Steve King of Iowa plan to make stops in McAllen, Brownsville and Laredo and meet with Border Patrol agents to discuss the current immigration crisis.

A warehouse converted to process immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally opened last weekend in McAllen. There are also Border Patrol detention centers in Brownsville and Laredo.

“Although President Obama would prefer to play pool instead of visit the border, I want to see firsthand the impact of this administration’s immigration policies,” Bachmann said in a statement.

“I have deep concerns over the failure to enforce border security laws, and I look forward to meet with those tasked with the patrolling the border to hear their thoughts on the growing crisis.”

Kline, Bachmann applaud Supreme Court ruling on presidential recess appointments

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 26, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Republican U.S. Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann are cheering a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the powers of the presidency.

The justices ruled unanimously Thursday that President Obama violated the Constitution when he circumvented the Senate to make appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

“The president’s unprecedented action was one of many intended to further his own partisan agenda by circumventing the Constitution and side-stepping Congress,” said Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

“Thankfully the Supreme Court has helped rein in his abuse of power and restored some checks and balances to our system of government.”

Bachmann used her Twitter account to blast out this message to her 220,000 followers: “The Supreme Court upheld limits on executive power today. Finally someone said no to President Obama’s freewheeling unconstitutional style.”

To the dismay of Republicans, Obama invoked a constitutional provision that granted him the power to make temporary appointments when the Senate is in recess.

The Supreme Court ruled the Senate was not in a formal recess when Obama acted.

“Now the board will have to begin the process of reconsidering hundreds of decisions issued by the unconstitutionally appointed members,” Kline said. “The men and women who were thrown in limbo by the president’s unconstitutional overreach have waited long enough for the justice they deserve.”

Bachmann, Fox News host spar over GOP plans to sue Obama

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: June 25, 2014 - 4:45 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Fox News host Neil Cavuto tangled Wednesday during a debate on the House GOP plans to sue President Obama, alleging that he's failed to carry out laws passed by Congress.

Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that the Republican-led House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a lawsuit.

“Has the president overreached with his power? Absolutely he has,” Bachmann said. “The Constitution is a stop sign for the president … You can’t do anything you want.”

Cavuto called the proposed vote and lawsuit an “enormous waste of effort.”

Later in the five-minute interview, Bachmann suggested Republicans vote to defund the executive branch.

“Make it hurt,” she said. “If they don’t have money, they don’t have power.”

In response, Cavuto accused Bachmann of “being silly.”

“I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now. There are far more important things you guys have to be addressing than filing lawsuits past each other,” Cavuto said. “Think about what you are saying. The Democrats would be in their right mind to laugh you out.”

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