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Kevin Diaz

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Kevin Diaz is politics editor at the Star Tribune.


Diaz has worked for the Star Tribune on and off since 1984, starting out as a night cops reporter. He has taught public affairs reporting at the University of Minnesota, where he received his master's degree. After a stint at the Washington (D.C.) City Paper, Kevin returned to the Star Tribune as a Washington correspondent, winning national awards for articles on globalization and immigration. Born and raised in Italy, Kevin has reported from Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, China and the Middle East, and has been covering Washington since the turn of the century.
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Dr. Jill Biden took questions from reporters during a campaign stop for her husband, Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Bid

Jill Biden will campaign in Minnesota on Saturday, on heels of Trump visit

Among the other surrogates headed to the state this week: Eric Trump is scheduled to hold an event Thursday in Becker.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump and Biden both to campaign in Minnesota next Friday

The candidates will converge in separate campaign stops marking the start of early voting in a state that could be critical in the November election.
Few star turns for Minnesota Republicans at GOP national convention

Few star turns for Minnesota Republicans at GOP national convention

Amy Klobuchar, Melvin Carter cast Minnesota delegation votes at DNC

Amy Klobuchar, Melvin Carter cast Minnesota delegation votes at DNC

It was part of the virtual "Roll Call Across America," which made a 30-minute tour of all the states and territories.
President Donald Trump speaks at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Trump aides deny Walz claim about heading off Floyd memorial visit

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at a town hall meeting at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMI

Omar says she believes Tara Reade's sex assault claims against Biden

Starting Saturday, Minnesotans will have to be 21 or older to buy tobacco products.

Minnesota House clears bill raising age to buy tobacco to 21

"Tobacco 21" legislation approved along with drug price transparency measure and one-time boost for families on welfare.
After COVID-19, what's left to fight over? COVID-19

After COVID-19, what's left to fight over? COVID-19

State lawmakers can only look back wistfully at the priorities they brought to St. Paul in February.
Salvation Army employee Sean Graham grabbed donations being dropped off to the donation center, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in downtown Minneapolis.

Trump issues major disaster declaration for COVID-19 in Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz: "Viruses don't discriminate, and neither do we."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz requests federal COVID-19 disaster relief

State Rep. Dave Baker, right, teamed up with Michael Asp, owner of La Grolla restaurant to talk Thursday about the hardships that eateries face by fol

Walz closes bars and restaurants to curb spread of coronavirus

The governor's order, made under "peacetime emergency" powers, also covers health clubs, theaters, museums, food courts, cafes and other public venues. The rules take effect at 5 p.m. today, ahead of St. Patrick's Day crowds.
Super Tuesday: What's at stake for the Democratic candidates

Super Tuesday: What's at stake for the Democratic candidates

It is called Super Tuesday because more than a third of the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination will be decided in one day. Here's a look at the candidates.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar earlier in the week in Concord, N.H.

Wine, panini, shrimp cocktails: Inside a $1,000-a-ticket Klobuchar fundraiser

On her way to campaign in Nevada, she stopped in New York City on Wednesday to raise some much needed campaign cash.
Trump impeachment could sideline Klobuchar

Trump impeachment could sideline Klobuchar

The trial of President Donald Trump could come just as presidential candidates will look to make final pitches in Iowa.
Rep. Betty McCollum urges Smokey Bear to 'modernize' pitch

Rep. Betty McCollum urges Smokey Bear to 'modernize' pitch

Texas Sen. Cruz scuttles vote on immigration money

Texas Sen. Cruz scuttles vote on immigration money

Lawmakers had hoped to leave town, instead they will come back today to take up immigration bill.
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Nov. 25, 2013: Farmers: 'Big Oil' behind new ethanol rule

An Obama administration plan to lower the target for biofuels in the nation's gas supply is causing a rift with leading Minnesota lawmakers over a vital state industry.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questions panel of witnesses during the committee's hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S

Iran sanctions put Minnesota's senators on the spot

Klobuchar and Franken remain undecided about more sanctions.
Senate panel clears Luger for Minnesota U.S. Attorney

Senate panel clears Luger for Minnesota U.S. Attorney

Obervers expect full Senate confirmation soon
Rick Nolan, left, and Stewart Mills III

Eighth Dist. House race: Nolan duel with GOP 'young gun' heats up early

The battle between U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and newcomer Stewart Mills III will test Minnesota's only congressional freshman in an unpredictable district during a potentially low-turnout, off-year election.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden

McFadden reports $1.7 million on hand to challenge Franken

Businessman Mike McFadden has raised a total of $2.2 million since he entered the race in late May.
Klobuchar backs effort with Franken to extend jobless benefits

Klobuchar backs effort with Franken to extend jobless benefits

Vote expected Tuesday
Senator Al Franken joined Governor Dayton, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and others to launch a new

Did Al Franken really cast the '60th vote' for Obamacare?

Facing a new election year, the GOP says so. But in a body of 100 senators, Franken is hardly the only contender for the distinction
Minnesota on cusp of losing political clout in 2020 census

Minnesota on cusp of losing political clout in 2020 census

Population trends threaten one congressional seat
FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. A presidential advisory panel has r

Minnesota librarians push to curb NSA snooping

Librarians and civil libertarians are on the same side as gun activists and Internet giants Facebook and Google to back legislation that would limit authority to spy on Americans.
Franken and Klobuchar seek cover on military pension flap

Franken and Klobuchar seek cover on military pension flap

Issue has become a late sticking point in budget accord
Minneapolis mayor-elect talks street cars with U.S. Transportation Secretary

Minneapolis mayor-elect talks street cars with U.S. Transportation Secretary

Obama meets with newly-elected mayors
Budget vote in House brings together disparate partisans

Budget vote in House brings together disparate partisans

Political foes unite in opposition
99-year-old St. Paul vet speaks up in D.C. for fellow immigrants

99-year-old St. Paul vet speaks up in D.C. for fellow immigrants

Joseph Medina's journey to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall began nearly a century ago, when his family crossed the border illegally from Mexico with Medina, then 5.
Rep. Ellison takes lead role in giving new life to liberals

Rep. Ellison takes lead role in giving new life to liberals

A new populism is dividing Democrats ahead of 2014 and that poses risks for Sen. Al Franken.
Minnesotans in Congress mostly reserve judgment on budget deal

Minnesotans in Congress mostly reserve judgment on budget deal

Early comments are mixed
Congress' non-exemption from Obamacare

Congress' non-exemption from Obamacare

This is one where the rhetoric is so convoluted it's best to look at what they do, not what they say.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and Kent Sorenson, who later switch his support to Ron Paul.

FBI raids home of former top Bachmann aide in Iowa

Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson allegedly received secret payments from the Bachmann and Paul presidential campaigns.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and Kent Sorenson, who later switch his support to Ron Paul.

FBI raids home of top Bachmann aide in Iowa

Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson allegedly received secret payments from the Bachmann and Paul presidential campaigns.
Sept. 17: Bachmann was hands-off in presidential campaign

Sept. 17: Bachmann was hands-off in presidential campaign

Newly released congressional records and interviews with Bachmann and her top advisers reveal a candidate who appeared largely uninvolved in the day-to-day decisions of her political organization, such as who was hired and how they were paid.
Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg

Court cool to Minnesota rabbi booted from WorldPerks for complaining

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of St. Louis Park Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg, who was stripped of his top-level Platinum Elite status in Northwest's WorldPerks program because, the airline said, he complained too much and schemed to get bumped from flights in return for compensation.
At the western end of the Minnesota River near its origins in South Dakota, it's possible to envision how the landscape and the river looked more than

U.S. farm bill could shape Minnesota's shrinking prairie

Among the sticking points in the farm bill talks, long stalled on crop subsidies and food stamps, are provisions protecting grasslands that naturalists say are being depleted at a rate not seen since the Dust Bowl days.
Obama names Andrew Luger to U.S. Attorney post in Minnesota

Obama names Andrew Luger to U.S. Attorney post in Minnesota

Picked to replace B. Todd Jones
Jobs Coalition poll finds Minnesotans breaking against Obamacare, away from Franken

Jobs Coalition poll finds Minnesotans breaking against Obamacare, away from Franken

Poll comes amid disastrous health care law roll-out
Sen. Al Franken

GOP targets Franken over rollout of Obama's health care overhaul

The Minnesota Democrat, facing re-election to the Senate, ups his fundraising goal as Republicans mount a new line of attack.
Ellison cheers decision to nix Russian helicopter purchases for Afghanistan

Ellison cheers decision to nix Russian helicopter purchases for Afghanistan

Ties to Assad regime cited
U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.

Kline questions Obamacare employer mandate on schools

Republicans warn of 'unintended consequences' for school budgets
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Franken to help launch ex-producer's 'progressive' radio show

'The Good Fight' promises mix of comedy and activism
First wave on MNsure flocks to public plans

First wave on MNsure flocks to public plans

Analysts say sign-ups will balance with private plans closer to deadlines.
Klobuchar: LGBT discrimination 'bad for business'

Klobuchar: LGBT discrimination 'bad for business'

Commissions report of Joint Economic Committee
Mankato history village in trouble with FEMA

Mankato history village in trouble with FEMA

Longtime Mankato attraction is on flood plain; feds say it can't stay.
Klobuchar joins women senators urging Hillary Clinton to run

Klobuchar joins women senators urging Hillary Clinton to run

Her own ambitions are in the shadows
President Barack Obama gestures about the varity of plans available as he addresses supporters on his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

At least 140,000 Minnesotans will lose current health policies

Industry officials say higher premiums and added benefits are likely in store for most of those who now buy high deductible/limited coverage plans on the individual market.
The tug boat Becky Sue pushed two barges one and empty and this one with recycled metal through the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis Wedn

Sept. 19: Congress poised to close lock in Mpls.

The controversial move to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is aimed at halting the spread of invasive carp. Industry groups say gains would be minimal.
Hotdish politics: In D.C., a 'moderate' outlook for avoiding more crises

Hotdish politics: In D.C., a 'moderate' outlook for avoiding more crises

Study tests 'customer experience' on MNSure health insurance exchange

Study tests 'customer experience' on MNSure health insurance exchange

Find fault with navigation, customer support
Minnesota's Denis McDonough greets returning federal workers at White House gates

Minnesota's Denis McDonough greets returning federal workers at White House gates

End of the 16-day government shutdown
MN Republicans saw little choice on fiscal compromise

MN Republicans saw little choice on fiscal compromise

Rep. John Kline, along with Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen, felt he had no choice but to take the deal that emerged Wednesday.
Bachmann returns contributions from alleged Petters co-conspirator

Bachmann returns contributions from alleged Petters co-conspirator

Bankruptcy trustees make claims on campaign contributions
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Effort to repeal tax on medical devices stalls

The push had bipartisan support but was not part of a potential deal in the Senate.
Republicans say Obama might deal on medical device tax

Republicans say Obama might deal on medical device tax

Repeal could help forge an end to the impasse
The Mills Fleet Farm chain of megastores is for sale. The Brainerd-based retailer has 35 stores in the Upper Midwest, which stand out for their huge s

Deep-pocketed Mills Fleet Farm exec formally opens bid to unseat Nolan

Personal wealth could be a factor
Rod Grams

Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams dies of colon cancer at age 65

Rod Grams, a "stoic farm kid" who grew up to be a Twin ­Cities TV anchor, congressman and U.S. senator, died at his rural Minnesota home after a long battle with colon cancer.
Ellison among protesters arrested during immigration rally in D.C.

Ellison among protesters arrested during immigration rally in D.C.

The Minnesota Congressman was among eight lawmakers detained during demonstration to advance immigration-reform legislation.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

Minn. GOP lawmakers reject bid to force 'clean' House vote

Minnesota Republicans Erik Paulsen and John Kline have rejected Democratic calls to sign a petition to force a straight up-or-down vote.
Minn. farmers get lost in budget standoff

Minn. farmers get lost in budget standoff

When the clock struck midnight on Tuesday, ushering in a massive federal government shutdown, the calendar also flipped back to 1949 for Minnesota farmers. That also could mean price hikes for shoppers.
Push to kill medical device tax is seen as way out

Push to kill medical device tax is seen as way out

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen calls repeal effort a potential "linchpin" building common ground for a deal.
Government shutdown spreading pain as it takes hold in Minnesota

Government shutdown spreading pain as it takes hold in Minnesota

Parks, offices and services quickly shut down. Aid programs and tribes prepared to lose funding.
Erik Paulsen

Paulsen willing to 'look at anything' to end shutdown

Add Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen to the GOP House members ready to cut a deal with Democrats, and possibly water down or drop their demand to block Obamacare to keep the government open.
Erik Paulsen

Paulsen: 'I will look at anything' to end shutdown

Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen expressed openness to voting for a clean spending resolution.
Complicated shutdown votes for key Minnesotans

Complicated shutdown votes for key Minnesotans

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to reporters as he emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, after his ove

Political Hotdish: Congress goes on World Poker Tour

The poker analogy has infused the spirit of the shutdown drama in Congress, especially by Sen. Ted. Cruz, above. It has also been taken to heart by U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota.
GOP fundraiser could be the first MN victim of Obamacare shutdown showdown

GOP fundraiser could be the first MN victim of Obamacare shutdown showdown

Minnetonka Beach event postponed
Bachmann brings MNsure privacy scare into Obamacare funding debate

Bachmann brings MNsure privacy scare into Obamacare funding debate

Echoes critics' concerns about data 'hub'
President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md.

Obama mocks Bachmann critique of Obamacare

President recalls claim about killing women, children and seniors.
Shutdown threat over health care shadows Minn., its 2014 elections

Shutdown threat over health care shadows Minn., its 2014 elections

Frenzy over budget standoff sets stage for potentially competitive congressional races in Minnesota in 2014.
Cravaack is back to back Mills for Congress

Cravaack is back to back Mills for Congress

Works to beat the congressman who beat him
Democrats target Kline and Paulsen on potential government shutdown

Democrats target Kline and Paulsen on potential government shutdown

'Robo' calls start Tuesday
Michelle Bachmann

Sept. 11: House panel extends Bachmann investigation

While deciding to investigate Bachmann further, the bipartisan Ethics Committee left the four-term congresswoman in ethical limbo.
Michelle Bachmann

House Ethics Committee extends Michele Bachmann probe

While deciding to pursue the Bachmann case further, the Ethics Committee leaves the four-term congresswoman somewhat in an ethical limbo: The committee chose not to dismiss the case against her; nor did it immediately impanel a subcommittee to conduct hearings into the case.