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Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, left, conferred with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Senate Rules Committee, as the panel met Tu

Klobuchar-led panel advances changes to Electoral Count Act

The Minnesota Democrat helped the bill win wide bipartisan approval Tuesday from her influential committee.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn helped negotiate a package of public safety legislation that passed the House Thursday.

U.S. House passes public safety package

Every member of Minnesota's delegation voted for local police grant legislation included in a larger set of bills.
The poll found many Minnesotans are experiencing financial stress from rising prices.

Minnesota Poll: Half say rising prices are minor financial stress

A third say price increases have been a major stress on their household.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, speaking here at a July press conference inside the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is touting his support for law enf

Minn. Democrats embrace police-friendly message amid concerns about crime

With the midterms fast approaching, Democrats are struggling to balance past reform efforts with support for police.
Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., and other House Democrats talked about their support for legislation aimed at capping the price of insulin at the Capitol o

Rep. Angie Craig continues push for insulin legislation

The swing-district Democrat wants the Senate to soon take action.
GOP candidate for governor Scott Jensen shifted his position on abortion in the weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Minnesota GOP candidates weigh abortion stance: 'Lines are more clearly drawn'

Democrats are calling it a top issue this cycle, attacking GOP opponents in news conferences and ads.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She received the Order of Merit, First Class.

Klobuchar meets with President Zelenskyy in Ukraine

Minnesota's senior senator traveled the war-torn country for the first time since the Russian invasion.
President Joe Biden’s plan forgives up to $20,000 in Pell Grant debt, or up to $10,000 for other borrowers making under $125,000 as an individual or

Biden's try at canceling student debt met with Minnesota partisan divide

The president is attempting to forgive student loan debt for millions as part of a plan announced Wednesday.
Second Congressional District candidates Tyler Kistner and Rep. Angie Craig debated at Farmfest on Aug. 2.

Climate bill animates tight Minnesota congressional races

Democrats are championing the law signed by President Biden last week while Republicans pick apart its wide-ranging measures.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith has been pushing for Democrats to take action on climate issues during her time in Washington.

Tina Smith cheers climate work in Senate Democrats' landmark bill

The Minnesota Democrat has focused on trying to pass climate legislation during her time in Washington.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finished the vote to approve the Inflation Reduction Act in the House on Friday.

Minnesota delegation divides along partisan lines over historic climate bill

The U.S. House voted 220-207 on Friday to send the estimated $740 billion bill to President Joe Biden.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar waved to passersby for support during a voter engagement event on the corner of Broadway and Central Avenue in Minneapolis on Tue

5th District DFL primary shows division over Rep. Omar's tenure

The two-term congresswoman won a narrow victory Tuesday over former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels. Precinct mapping shows where Omar did well in the 2020 DFL primary vs. Tuesday's closer race
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar carried her youngest daughter Ilwad Hirsi, 10, during a voter engagement event near the Target at the University of Minnesota cam

Omar narrowly defeats Samuels in tight 5th District primary

Precinct mapping shows where Rep. Ilhan Omar did well in the 2020 DFL primary vs. a closer race against Don Samuels.
Betty McCollum and Amane Badhasso

Longtime U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum beats challenger Amane Badhasso in Fourth District DFL primary

McCollum has decades of congressional experience; Badhasso had said it's time for new leadership.
The bipartisan infrastructure law was signed by President Joe Biden last year.

White House details infrastructure funding for Minnesota

The bipartisan law to help areas including roads, bridges and broadband cleared Congress last year.
Betty McCollum and Amane Badhasso

Rep. McCollum faces off with newcomer Badhasso in Tuesday DFL primary

McCollum is seeking a 12th term in Congress representing a safe blue district that includes St. Paul.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, spoke to Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt during a hearing We

In wake of Jan. 6, Klobuchar committee considers changes to Electoral Count Act

Bipartisan group of senators wants to update law that Trump tried to use to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Hotdish Politics: The GOP primary for attorney general

Hotdish Politics: The GOP primary for attorney general

Doug Wardlow is trying to overtake the party's endorsed candidate Jim Schultz in next week's race.
Brad Finstad, a Republican running in southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District special election, campaigned at the Olmsted County Fair, Fri

After close primary, Brad Finstad looks to keep GOP control of First District

The former state legislator is facing former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger in an Aug. 9 special election for the southern Minnesota congressional seat.
Don Samuels and Ilhan Omar face off in the Aug. 9 DFL primary in the Fifth Congressional District.

Don Samuels raises more than Ilhan Omar ahead of Aug. 9 DFL primary

Yet the former Minneapolis city council member has less cash than Democratic U.S. Rep. Omar as she campaigns for a third term.
Jeremy Munson, pictured speaking in support of gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen at the state Republican convention in May, is making a last-minute

Munson tries to ignite late primary challenge to First District GOP frontrunner

Republican State Rep. Jeremy Munson is trying to win an Aug. 9 primary against endorsed GOP candidate Brad Finstad.
Democratic lawmakers take part in an abortion rights rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday. At least 17 House Democrats, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, wer

Rep. Omar arrested at protest outside U.S. Supreme Court

A group of Democratic lawmakers demonstrated outside the high court Tuesday, weeks after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Rep. Ilhan Omar

Samuels outraises Omar as August DFL primary approaches

DFL incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar is being challenged in the Aug. 9 primary by former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach has kept a low profile during her first term, rarely granting interviews.

Fischbach secures conservative cred in partisan D.C.

The history-making Minnesota Republican continues to defend voting against certifying the presidential election in the hours after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Republican Rep. Pete Stauber sponsored small-business legislation that passed the House in June.

Rep. Stauber's small-business bill gets House approval

The Minnesota Republican's legislation passed the chamber with overwhelming support last month.
Rep. Angie Craig introduced a bill to rename a post office for slain South St. Paul officer Leo Pavlak.

South St. Paul post office may be renamed for officer killed in line of duty in 1933

The effort is supported by Minnesota's two senators and seven House members.
Jenni Loebel offered fresh strawberries to her kids Brynn, 4, and JJ, 2 at the Lakeville Farmer’s Market, Market Plaza.

Inflation and abortion rights are top of mind as midterms near

The fight for the Second Congressional District in the Twin Cities suburbs — Minnesota's last pure battleground — offers a microcosm of the congressional races playing out across the country.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith was a vice president at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota from 2003 to 2006 — the only senator with that

Sen. Tina Smith's Planned Parenthood tenure primes her to be 'leading voice' post-Roe

The Minnesota Democrat's work for the abortion provider makes her the only U.S. senator with that experience.
Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin helped make the pitch for why Minnesota should hold an early presidential primary in 2024.

Minnesota Democrats pitch early primary to DNC

Sixteen states and Puerto Rico are trying to win coveted early voting slots for the 2024 Democratic presidential primary.
President Joe Biden signed into law Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s bill focused on ocean shipping troubles.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's ocean shipping bill clears Congress

The legislation addressing supply chain struggles passed with wide bipartisan support.
Gov. Tim Walz, at a 2019 press conference on energy and climate policy, has signed a letter urging Congress to take action.

Walz among governors pushing Congress on climate package

The Minnesota DFLer joined 20 Democrats and one GOP governor in urging Congress to take action.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a demonstration in Washington on Wednesday calling on Congress to pass gun safety laws.

Minnesota congressional delegation divided on gun bill after Texas school shooting

The U.S. House passed the sweeping Protecting Our Kids Act on a 223-204 vote Wednesday.
The U.S. Capitol is seen behind security fencing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in April.

Man arrested in southern Minnesota and his father are sentenced for roles in Capitol insurrection

The two men were sentenced during a videoconference held by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
Brad Finstad will face former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger in the special election to replace the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn.

Finstad declares victory in Minnesota's First District GOP primary, Munson concedes

A packed field of Republicans tried to win Tuesday's Republican primary.
Gladys Klaseus cast her vote Tuesday in a special primary for the First Congressional District seat of the late Jim Hagedorn in balloting at the Waldo

Clear DFL winner, GOP too close to call in First Congressional District primary

20 candidates filed to run for the seat held by the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn.
Endorsed governor candidate Scott Jensen, right, took the stage with running mate Matt Birk, left, and Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy, center, after Murp

Minn. Republicans call for unity after bruising convention fight

Party leaders stressed the GOP must overcome differences to end a losing streak in statewide races. Attorney general hopeful Doug Wardlow decided to press on to the primary.
GOP candidate for governor Scott Jensen toot the stage with running mate Matt Birk Saturday at the Republican State Convention in Rochester.

Republicans back Scott Jensen in Minnesota governor's race

The doctor and former state senator narrowly beat Kendall Qualls after a heated fight in Rochester for the GOP endorsement.
Aaron Farris talked to delegates from the first Congressional district during the state Republican convention on Friday in Rochester.

First District GOP picks 19-year-old as chair

Southern Minnesota Republicans elected Aaron Farris to the post last month.
GOP attorney general candidate Jim Schultz left the stage with his wife, Molly, and their children, Friday at the Minnesota State Republican Conventio

Minnesota Republicans back newcomer as AG hopeful

Candidates for the two key statewide offices focused on election security and crime as the GOP state convention kicked off Friday. Saturday will bring the biggest task: choosing a candidate for governor from a crowded field.
Delegates recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the Minnesota State Republican Convention in Rochester.

Minnesota GOP cuts ties to LGBT Republican group, others

The move came in the leadup to the statewide convention in Rochester.
Paul Gazelka staffer Angel Zierden instructed volunteers where to hang the candidates signs and banners Thursday in Rochester as the stage was being p

Trump stays out of major Minn. races ahead of GOP convention

The former president has not made an endorsement in the race for governor or the open First District seat.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 2019.

Minnesota's congressional delegation ranked for bipartisanship

The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University looked at how much lawmakers worked across party lines.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan spoke at an abortion rights demonstration Tuesday outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis.

Leaked abortion opinion prompts outrage, hesitation

While procedure is constitutionally protected in Minnesota, the draft signaled that opponents may soon win a long-sought victory.
Former state Rep. Erin Maye Quade withdrew from her local DFL endorsing convention in April because she was in labor. She’s still considering whethe

Candidate's labor during convention sparks debate over Minnesota's endorsement process

Critics say the often-lengthy weekend conventions are inaccessible to the average voter.
GOP state Rep. Jeremy Munson led in all seven rounds of voting but didn’t break the threshold to win the endorsement.

After hours of voting, GOP fails to endorse in First District

A large field is vying to fill the southern Minnesota congressional seat.
Becoming an early presidential primary state would give Minnesota much more visibility than it had in 2020. Minnesota’s primary was held on Super Tu

DFL aims to make Minnesota an early presidential primary state

The Democratic National Committee is looking at which states will have an early say in the 2024 primary cycle.
Fundraising reports show how the competitive race to fill the remainder of the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s term is shaping up. Pictured here is South M

Race for Jim Hagedorn's southern Minnesota House seat tops $1 million

A crowded field of GOP and DFL candidates aims to win the May 24 special election primary in the southern Minnesota contest.
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., pushed for a bill with billions in small business aid.

U.S. House signs off on small-business aid

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips has pushed Congress to help restaurants and other businesses hit hard by the pandemic.
Supporters of a California ballot initiative related to rent control held a San Francisco rally in 2018. The measure was not successful.

Why can't Minnesotans bypass the Legislature to change state laws?

Several past attempts to allow citizen initiatives in Minnesota have failed at the ballot box.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has introduced a resolution urging the United States to become a full member of the International Criminal Court.

Rep. Omar calls for U.S. to join International Criminal Court

The Minneapolis Democrat's latest effort is prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn. has introduced a bill banning the importation of uranium from Russia.

Minnesota's Rep. Stauber pushes for ban on importing Russian uranium

The northern Minnesota Republican's bill was introduced with bipartisan support.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig’s bill is supported by the Biden administration but could face difficulties in the Senate.

U.S. House passes Rep. Angie Craig's bill limiting insulin costs

The bill would cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin for people with insurance at $35 a month.
Kayla Schintz of Lakeville held daughter Emma to see a river otter at the Minnesota Zoo, one of many entities that got a portion of the American Rescu

Minnesota still has billions in pandemic relief dollars to spend

American Rescue Plan money has already gone to everything from police to sewers.
Andrew Luger, a former Obama-era U.S. attorney for Minnesota, will return to his former role.

Senate confirms Andrew Luger as Minnesota's U.S. attorney

Luger returns to the post he held during the Obama administration.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, left, and Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday in Washington.

Klobuchar questions Biden Supreme Court nominee

The Minnesota Democrat had a half-hour to question Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during Tuesday's hearing.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is greeted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., as she arrives for

Klobuchar lauds Ketanji Brown Jackson during Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Hearings began Monday for President Joe Biden's nominee.
Registered nurse Norma Atuesta, right, talked with Myriam Romero and her husband, Isaias Chuquiana, during a prenatal appointment at the East Lake Cli

Millions in federal dollars are earmarked for local projects across Minnesota

Some members of the state's congressional delegation supported efforts to bring federal dollars back to the state.
Jennifer Carnahan, former state Republican Party chair, is seeking the Congressional seat that her late husband held.

Former state GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan running for Congress

More than a dozen candidates have already filed to run for the First District seat.
Rep. Angie Craig wants to ban taxpayer-funded first class flights for members of Congress.

Rep. Angie Craig backs ban on taxpayer-funded first class flights

The Minnesota Democrat introduced the No Tax Dollars for First-Class Flights Act earlier this month.
Rep. Ilhan Omar was the only Minnesota House member to vote against banning Russian oil.

Rep. Ilhan Omar votes against Russian oil ban

The U.S. House passed the ban by an overwhelming 414-17 vote.
Don Samuels has been one of the most prominent figures in Minneapolis pushing for more policing following George Floyd’s death and an uptick in viol

Ex-Mpls. City Council Member Don Samuels looks to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar

Fellow Democrat Don Samuels is a prominent challenger for the Fifth District congressional seat.
President Biden gave his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in Washington.

Praise and pushback: Minnesota's congressional delegation reacts to State of the Union

President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union Tuesday night.
Dan Feehan has chosen not to run again for Minnesota’s First Congressional District.

Democrat Dan Feehan opts against First Congressional District run

Feehan lost close races against GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn for the seat in 2018 and 2020.
Rep. Ilhan Omar has named her federal legislation restricting no-knock warrants after Amir Locke.

Rep. Omar names no-knock legislation after Amir Locke

The Minnesota Democrat's bill would limit the use of no-knock warrants in drug-related investigations.
Freeborn County Republican Chairman Robert Hoffman had a photo display of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn in his office.

Race to succeed late First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn begins

The filing period begins Tuesday for the special election to fill the remainder of the Republican's current term.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is photographed Dec. 8, 2021, outside her Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C.

Growing field of GOP candidates looks to defeat Rep. Ilhan Omar

Three Republican candidates have announced long-shot bids against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn.

First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn dies at 59 after cancer battle

Hagedorn, a Republican, was serving in his second term at the time of his death. His wife, Jennifer Carnahan, announced the news in a Facebook post on Friday morning.
Just hours after new maps were released Tuesday, Julius Menchikov was busy printing and mounting huge copies of the map showing new congressional dist

Minnesota congressional boundaries shift under new state district maps

The courts made the biggest shifts in the competitive Second District.
Rep. Ilhan Omar talks about the bill she’s working on to restrict no-knock warrants.

Rep. Ilhan Omar working on federal no-knock legislation following the death of Amir Locke

Attempts to pass police reform struggled in Congress last year.
Andrew Luger’s confirmation to be Minnesota’s U.S. attorney is on hold in the Senate.

McConnell puts up roadblock to Luger bid as U.S. attorney

Pushback from Mitch McConnell poses a new challenge in the attempt to return Andrew Luger to his old post.
Amane Badhasso is challenging U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum in the DFL primary.

Rep. Betty McCollum facing primary challenge in critical election year

Democratic challenger Amane Badhasso outraised McCollum in the final three months of 2021.
DFL Gov. Tim Walz has an early cash advantage over the crowded field of GOP candidates seeking to challenge him.

Gov. Walz heads into election year with huge cash advantage

Democrats outraised Republicans on a number of fronts in 2021.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and her fellow Senate Democrats are waiting to see who President Joe Biden will nominate for a Supreme Court seat.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to play a leading role in upcoming Supreme Court confirmation

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she will assist with process of replacing the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
The copper-nickel mine Twin Metals wants to build would sit about 15 miles southeast of Ely, Minn., near the South Kawishiwi River, shown flowing into

Biden administration cancels leases for controversial copper-nickel mine near Boundary Waters

The move likely kills the copper-nickel project, but Twin Metals said the decision was politically motivated and vowed to fight it.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, representing the swing Second District, is one of the top targets for Republicans in the midterms.

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig faces midterm headwinds

The Democrat's swing seat has made her a top target for Republicans in the GOP's bid to win back the U.S. House.