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What labor unions want from a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party trifecta

BY: - November 17, 2022

In his victory speech on election night, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged his union backers and the legacy that’s in the name of his party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor. “This is a union state,” he said. Labor unions spent millions to secure Walz’s re-election and help his party take control of the House and Senate for the first time […]

Law enforcement opposes rules banning cops from being involved in extremist groups

BY: - November 17, 2022

The law enforcement lobby showed up Tuesday to oppose new rules proposed by the state’s police licensing board‚ including banning law enforcement officers from being involved in hate, extremist or white supremacist groups — because they said the wording is too vague.

McConnell re-elected U.S. Senate GOP leader, fending off bid by Florida’s Rick Scott

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans overwhelmingly re-elected Mitch McConnell on Wednesday as their leader for the next Congress, though nearly a dozen members backed Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s attempt to usurp McConnell. Scott’s bid, which he launched Tuesday during an hours-long discussion among Senate Republicans about the future of their party amid disappointing results in the […]

Bill protecting same-sex marriage gains bipartisan support in U.S. Senate

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate cleared a key hurdle to passing a marriage equality bill Wednesday, garnering even more than the 60 senators from both political parties needed to move past a legislative filibuster.  The bill, which could win final passage in the Senate as soon as this week, would ensure same-sex and interracial couples […]

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Republicans win control of the U.S. House with 218th seat

BY: - November 16, 2022

Republicans clinched a majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday night after a Republican won reelection to a California seat that put the GOP over the top, according to Associated Press projections. Though not as decisive a victory as GOP leaders had hoped, Republican candidates flipped key seats in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona […]

U.S. Senate Democrats make a last-ditch push for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Democratic U.S. senators have set a December deadline for passing bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for more than 600,000 undocumented people who were brought into the country as children — but they don’t yet have enough Senate Republican votes to make it a reality. During a Wednesday press conference […]

Walz announces departures of health, public safety, education commissioners

BY: - November 16, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that his commissioners of health, education and public safety are stepping down. Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Department of Education Commissioner Heather Mueller and Commissioner of Public Safety John Harrington all opted to “not to seek reappointment,” Walz’s office said in a release. Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel this week grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were […]

Minnesota solar installers say it still takes too long to connect to Xcel’s grid

BY: - November 16, 2022

The process for connecting solar arrays to Xcel Energy’s grid continues to frustrate installers in Minnesota despite recent changes meant to reduce delays. “I’m still hearing about it from our members a lot,” Logan O’Grady, executive director of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, said of the wait times companies face before interconnection approvals. “It’s […]

Trump announces a third bid for the presidency, even as GOP reels from midterm setback

BY: - November 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump, whose lies about his reelection loss in 2020 precipitated an insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Tuesday he will make another run for the White House in 2024. His announcement came only a week after a disappointing showing by Republicans — especially those who endorsed his false claims about 2020 […]

U.S. district court strikes down use of Title 42 to expel migrants

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the government from continuing Title 42 —  a controversial pandemic-era health policy used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel nearly 2 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The request to halt the use of Title 42 had been filed by immigrant advocacy groups and […]

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

U.S. House GOP picks leadership team for next Congress: McCarthy, Scalise and Emmer

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans elected their slate of leaders for the 118th Congress on Tuesday, even though the party hadn’t yet secured the seats needed to take the majority come January.  The new leadership team emerged from several contested races decided during an hours-long secret ballot voting session, including a three-way campaign for whip […]