While deflecting questions about a possible presidential bid of her own, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she’s excited about the possibility of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016.
“I love the job that I have right now and it really looks like Hillary Clinton may be running on our side and that’s exciting,” Klobuchar said in a C-SPAN “American Profile” interview. “But she hasn’t said, so I’m not making any news here.”
Last year, all of the female Democratic senators, including Klobuchar, signed a letter to Clinton encouraging her to run for president. The letter was meant to be a show of support, urging Clinton to do what much of the Democratic Party assumes she will.
Klobuchar and Clinton served in the Senate together before President Obama appointed her as Secretary of State.
While Klobuchar said she is flattered by speculative talk about her being a presidential candidate, she wants to focus on serving in the Senate.
“It’s an honor to have people think of you in that way, but I think one of things I’ve learned is that you have to keep your eye on what you’re doing and enjoy what you’re doing and be humble about what you’re doing,” Klobuchar said in the C-SPAN interview.
“If other opportunities open up, great. But people that just spend their entire time looking for the next step, looking for the next climb they can make to a different hill, they always find out ... that the grass isn’t always greener and they don’t enjoy or do well at what they’re doing. So that’s always been my philosophy.”
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will visit five northern Minnesota cities -- Warroad, International Falls, Bemidji, Staples and Baudette -- today as part of her “Competitive Agenda” tour to discuss policies and legislation she thinks will promote economic growth.
In Warroad, she will visit Marvin Windows and Doors, a family-owned business that has won praise from President Obama.
In Baudette, Klobuchar plans to lead a discussion economic development with DFL state Rep. Roger Erickson and Mayor Rick Rone.
Klobuchar will meet with International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson to discuss upgrades to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry in the city.
Klobuchar will tour North Central Door in Bemidji and met with Mayor Rita Albrecht, DFL state Rep. John Persell and business leaders.
During her stop in Staples, Klobuchar plans to meet with Wadena Mayor Wyane Wolden and Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman.
With the pace of drug overdose deaths on the rise in the Twin Cities, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will host an event Sunday at the Hazelden’s youth addiction treatment center in Plymouth to highlight efforts to combat heroin use in the state.
In the deadliest year on record for such deaths, fifty-four people died of heroin overdoses last year in Hennepin County alone, the Star Tribune’s Matt McKinney reported.
“The rise in opiate-related deaths came even as drug experts, law enforcement and others fought to slow a problem they say is fueled by legal drugs in the bathroom cabinet and an underground market flooded with cheap heroin.”
Joining Klobuchar at the event are Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, Buffalo Police Chief Mitchell Weinzetl and state Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, Hazelden’s vice president of public affairs and community relations William Moyers, Carol Falkowski, founder of Drug Abuse Dialogues, and Laura Moore, whose son, Nick Moore, died of heroin overdose on Valentine’s Day 2012.
Eaton, whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2007, has proposed legislation that would allow law enforcement to carry naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced legislation to fight a growing trend of smartphone thefts nationwide by forcing the industry to adopt technology that makes it impossible to reuse stolen devices.
Klobuchar’s Smartphone Theft Protection Act would require all phones sold in the United States to have a “kill switch” that shuts down a phone's call capabilities and scrubs personal information from the device when it's reported stolen.
With thieves targeting smart phones for their high aftermarket resale value, nearly a third of robberies now involve cell phone theft.
The thefts cost consumers more than $30 billion per year, the Federal Communications Commission estimates.
“Cell phone theft has become a big business for thieves looking to cash in on these devices and any valuable information they contain,” Klobuchar said.
“This legislation will help eliminate the incentives for criminals to target smartphones by empowering victims to take steps to keep their information private, protect their identity and finances, and render the phone inoperable to the thieves.”
The bill -- the first of its kind in Congress -- would empower the FCC to fine phone manufacturers or wireless carriers that refuse to comply.
Thus far, most of the wireless industry has resisted installing “kill switch” features, raising questions about whether the legislation will gain traction in Congress.
Klobuchar, who introduced the legislation with three other Democratic senators, previewed the legislation during a visit to the University of Minnesota last month.
Republican mega-donor Stanley Hubbard is solidifying his support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg.
On Thursday, Dahlberg's campaign announced that Hubbard would chair the finance committee for the St. Louis County commissioner's campaign.
Hubbard, who is one of larger political donors in Minnesota, has promoted Dahlberg's candidacy since last summer. The Hubbard Broadcasting CEO, his firm and his family give mightily but not exclusively to Republican candidates and causes.
The announcement that Hubbard will chair Dahlberg's finance committee may give Dahlberg a needed boost. Republican candidate Mike McFadden has picked up support -- and donations -- from a panoply of well known GOP names and candidate Julianne Ortman last week won a straw poll at conducted at Republican caucuses.
Dahlberg's campaign also said Erik Leist, a frequent public critic of other campaigns' social media attempts, had joined the campaign's media team.
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