Stalled U.S. Senate bill on veterans’ burn pit exposure could be revived this week

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol to protest a delay in the legislation. A Senate […]

Q&A with Dr. Nathan Chomilo, Medicaid medical director

BY: - August 1, 2022

As a kid, Nathan Chomilo watched his parents — a nurse and pharmacist who immigrated from Cameroon to Minnesota — give health advice to people while out at community events. “They were always wearing their pharmacist or nurse hat,” said Chomilo. “I really respected that and looked for my own way to help folks and also be […]

There’s a new show in Shakopee: Mortensen vs. Loonan

BY: - August 1, 2022

Former state Rep. Bob Loonan entertained lawmakers and lobbyists at the close of the 2018 legislative session by standing in the Capitol rotunda and playing the bagpipes. His successor, Rep. Erik Mortensen, doxxed a colleague and was subject of an HR complaint on his first day in office. Mortenson and Loonan may have few policy differences, but the Republican pair couldn’t be more different in style and approach to politics in their primary battle .

Starbucks workers strike at south Minneapolis store, join national wave of labor protests  

BY: - July 31, 2022

Starbucks workers at a south Minneapolis store are on strike, joining workers in Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and other cities who are ramping up pressure as they seek to negotiate union contracts. Customers who pulled up to the drive-thru on Sunday morning at 4712 Cedar Avenue were told there’d be no coffee today or tomorrow but […]

U.S. House subcommittee uncovers thousands of pandemic evictions by corporate landlords

BY: - July 29, 2022

A new U.S. House report details how four corporate landlords resorted to aggressive and deceptive practices to force out tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, violating state and federal rules aimed at keeping people in their homes during the public health emergency. Together, the four corporate entities filed nearly 15,000 evictions against renters across the country […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats — including Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Ilhan Omar — are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a Thursday letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats […]

General Mills boosts D.C. lobbying presence as Congress reviews food policy

BY: - July 29, 2022

Editor’s note: This story is part of an occasional series looking at Minnesota companies’ lobbying presence in Washington. Previous editions have included 3M and Cargill.  WASHINGTON — The Minnesota-based food manufacturing giant best known for its sugary cereals and snacks is slowly expanding its lobbying operation in the nation’s capital as a Democratic-led Congress reviews […]

Climate spending in new reconciliation deal a ‘turning point’ for the U.S., supporters say

BY: - July 28, 2022

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying even with provisions to help the fossil fuel industry, the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. The 725-page bill — made public mere hours after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III […]

U.S. Senate Democrats dive into details of surprise 725-page reconciliation bill

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a preliminary victory lap Thursday to celebrate Democrats striking a surprise deal on a sweeping legislative package that renewed hopes of historic action on the party’s health care, tax and climate goals. But just down Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Democrats said they needed to read through the bill text to […]

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the […]

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls bill for veterans exposed to burn pits

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Veterans and their advocates gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for what was supposed to be a celebration, one day after a crucial Senate vote on bipartisan legislation that would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to burn pits during their deployments.  The gathering instead became a forum […]

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Worthington’s early COVID response informed by past ICE raids, according to report

BY: - July 28, 2022

Immigrant communities in Worthington leaned on experiences responding to ICE raids years earlier to inform early COVID-19 response and relief plans, according to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute.  As the pandemic continues and new viral hazards develop, like monkeypox, the report analyzed the experience of two cities’ — Worthington and Houston, Texas […]