The Wellstone Act could bring better health care to millions of Americans
On a 74-22 vote, the U.S. Senate today approved a two year, $109 billion surface transportation bill that would provide Minnesota with $700 million for transportation and infrastructure projects.With one in 10 bridges in Minnesota deemed to be structurally deficient, the funds would allow for the ... More >>
We gotta give her credit -- Michele Bachmann got it done.Last week, Gov. Dayton wrote Bachmann a letter informing her that the state would reallocate money currently set aside for a new Stillwater bridge if the project wasn't approved by the U.S. House before March 15. With only a handful of legi ... More >>
After the upcoming election, Michele Bachmann will no longer represent Stillwater. Nonetheless, she remains "absolutely committed" to building a new Minnesota-to-Wisconsin bridge in the Stillwater area.Time is running short for the bridge design currently under consideration. In response to a let ... More >>
Walz's STOCK Act was a bipartisan hit, but House GOPers stripped out a key provision.Today, the U.S. House followed the Senate and passed a Congressional insider trading ban originally introduced by Mankato Democrat Tim Walz.The so-called STOCK Act proved extremely popular in both the chambers, w ... More >>
Bachmann, Ellison: Debt makes for strange bedfellows.Finally, Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison have something in common. Yesterday's U.S. House vote to raise the debt ceiling and make $2 trillion in spending cuts passed the U.S. House 269-161, but Minnesota's most conservative and most liberal ... More >>
C-SPANMichele Bachmann: Representation without legislation.With so much written about the wild things Michele Bachmann says, City Pages thought we'd take a look at what she has actually accomplished in Congress. Despite Bachmann's early success in the presidential polls, her congressional record ... More >>
"It's not symbolic," Rep. Michele Bachmann said yesterday, before the U.S. House symbolically passed a bill 245-189 that would repeal the healthcare reform act. She and other Minnesota Republicans voted for the repeal, while Democrats opposed it. The legislation will be dead on arrival in the ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
The race up north.By the time we cut out early this morning, the Republicans were on their way to historic sweep in the House of Representatives, tossing out Democrats by the fistful. But as the dust settled in seven out of the eight Minnesota congressional races, exactly nothing changed. ... More >>
Is she running for U.S. Senate?Are we looking at a U.S. Senate race in 2012 pitting incumbent DFLer Amy Klobuchar against Rep. Michele Bachmann, if the crazy conservative loses her congressional district to poor census numbers? That was the buzz on the floor of the state GOP convention today ... More >>
The minority Republicans are licking their wounds and figuring out what to do next.
The program that sent $250,000 to Michele Bachmann's family farm appears bullet proof.
A Republican may win the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
Put down that peanut butter and that roll of cookie dough. Here's the Top 10 food safety news stories of the year.
This is probably not how U.S. Sen. Al Franken would like you to remember his legislative record this year.
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Leave it to Minnesotans to bring back cash for wild rice and theater.
All Minnesota U.S. House members posted their requests on their site, except Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. She is one of 71 members who has yet to post the data on their site.
The Pioneer Press Peeps Diorama content makes Easter bearable. Especially when people can poke fun at news stories that make our lives hell like the Senate recount.
The 2008 election was full of Democratic domination, particularly as some jumped on the coattails of Barack Obama. But nearly three dozen U.S. House districts split their vote between Obama and a Republican House member.
The U.S. House passed the revised $787 billion stimulus package today with a 246-183 vote.
Now that the recount for the U.S. Senate seat is complete, Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is proposing new ways to run voting and potential recounts in the future.
All you old school TV watchers: you've got more time to upgrade. Those bunny ears just won't die.
That U.S. Senate filibuster-proof majority we were all hopelessly dreaming of (or completely dreading)? Not happening.
Perhaps his most risky joke was retelling a line from Chris Rock, when he says, "And George W. Bus ... More >>
As if the Republicans in Minnesota need another story to help cast doubt on the recount system. We ... More >>
MSNBC captured footage today of Rep. Keith Ellison introducing himself to Rep. Virgil Goode today on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Here, via Wonkette, are some exit poll numbers on US Senate races--none from Minnesota, however--published at the New Republic's blog, The Plank. As TNR blogger Ryan Lizza notes, they come from two sources but "seem too pro-Dem to be true." To be taken with a block of salt and all that. For what it' ... More >>
Tuesday afternoon, Farmfest 2006, congressional candidate panel, Redwood Falls.
Canadians healthier than Americans, Florida bank patrons have to lose their hats and shades, Connecticut librarians speak out about the FBI's attempts to gain access to patrons's library records, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Wisconsin senator and probable 2008 presidential candidate Russ Feingold is taking the floor of the U.S. Senate today to introduce a resolution to censure President George W. Bush.
"Reform" won't protect the middle class from the stealth tax If you've wondered how it is that Bush has financed five straight years of tax cuts, chances are you've considered a) cuts in entitlements; b) cuts to the safety net; and c) an end to corporate welfare. Okay, okay, so we're kidding about ... More >>
The perennial calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the flag is among the most absurd features of contemporary American political life. Why? Because no matter where you fall on the free speech implications, you have to acknowledge that there simply isn't much of a probl ... More >>
The Norman Conquest A feisty and more colorful brand of politics invaded the U.S. Senate chambers yesterday as British M.P. George Galloway sat before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee investigating the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, chaired by Norm Coleman. Coleman ... More >>
Reggie, we liked ye better when we hardly knew ye In the Strib: As we've been saying for weeks, there is ample reason to believe there's less to Reggie Fowler's Vikings bid than meets the eye; today comes a report that Fowler still has not disclosed his finances to the NFL, and that--also discussed ... More >>