McCollum emerges as strong critic of Israeli policy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Betty McCollum has said that she is pro-Israel and supports Israel as a key U.S. ally. But she is different from other members of Congress in her consistent, vocal...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. representative from Minnesota says President Donald Trump is hijacking the nation's Fourth of July festivities.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Documents that the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the...
Walz, Klobuchar get update on spring flood preparations
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Minnesota leaders got a warning Friday to expect significant spring flooding across the state, depending on how quickly the snow melts.
Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why the federal Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with Minnesota regulators when the state was considering whether to issue a key water pollution permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, and she is questioning whether the agency is hiding information.
US lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during shutdown
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to the department changing plans to allow employees to work on upcoming offshore lease sales, seismic permits and a five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan in Alaska and elsewhere.
The Latest: Chutich wins full term on Supreme Court
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's midterm election (all times local):
Associate Justice Margaret Chutich has won election to a full term on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Chutich defeated family law attorney Michelle MacDonald in the officially non-partisan race, and faced voters for the first time this year.
Chutich was appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2016. She was the first openly gay justice on the state's highest court.
Plan to drop Great Lakes wolves from endangered species list cut from budget bill
WASHINGTON A lot of things ended up in the $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill that Congress passed last week. But the wolves did not.
U.S. Rep. Collin Petersons proposal to drop Great Lakes gray wolves from the endangered species list was dropped from the massive spending bill at the last minute to the delight of Minnesota environmentalists and the dismay of state farmers who say wolf populations are healthy enough now to menace their livestock.
Great Lakes restoration money belongs in the budget bill: editorial
Kudos to U.S. Rep. David Joyce, a Bainbridge Township Republican, for working across the aisle with Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan to spearhead bipartisan efforts by 63 U.S. House members to fully fund – at $300 million – the vitally important Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Trump administration wants to slash that budget allotment by 90 percent.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has hired a new chief of staff after losing his first one to a run for Congress.
Gia Vitali, a deputy assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, will help Frey run his mayors office, Frey said Tuesday. Joe Radinovich, Freys campaign manager and chief of staff, is stepping down to run to replace retiring DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in northeastern Minnesota. Radinovich is a former Iron Range state legislator.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is the first member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to call for President Trump’s impeachment.
If you needed to get it done in Minnesota politics, Freddy Gates Jr. was the man to see.
That was true for Hubert H. Humphrey, who relied on Gates as his right-hand man and confidant.
It was also true for businessman Bob Short, who tapped Gates to run his U.S. Senate election, upsetting Don Fraser in the primary election.
And it was true for Minnesota congresswoman Betty McCollum, who needed Gates’ savvy to bring a light-rail project to Minneapolis.
One bill, touching on two issues close to Minnesotas heart the mining economy and the wild beauty of the North Woods divided the states congressional delegation this week.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Bangladesh last week with a goal of addressing a humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya people.
Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and several community leaders gathered recently an emergency shelter for Native American families to the recipients of $126 million in state-administered funds that will be used to preserve or create 1,823 affordable housing units in 60 developments across the state, from Warroad to Rochester.
Wyoming’s wolves are back under state management, but a U.S. House committee would like to ensure the species never again becomes a protected, federally managed species in the Equality State.
Such a ban against Endangered Species Act legal challenges could be the result if a rider is tacked onto an appropriations bill that proposes funding for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and other federal programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum says she has won assurances from the Trump administration that it will proceed with a two-year study on whether copper-nickel mining should be permitted on federal lands in the watershed that flows into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The Minnesota Democrat pressed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on the scientific review, which was launched under the Obama administration, during a congressional hearing Thursday.
Nolan outreach to Trump administration on mining draws fire
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has asked the federal government to reverse an Obama administration decision to block minerals exploration and mining in more than 234,000 acres of the Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The Minnesota Democrat on Tuesday released a letter he sent to an acting undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nolan wrote that the decision should trigger the Trump administration's regulatory freeze.
While Ellison skips, most Democrats will attend inauguration
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison may be the only Minnesota Democrat making a stand by not showing up at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.
The Minneapolis Democrat announced Monday he'd boycott Friday's ceremony, joining more than two dozen lawmakers in skipping the event. Ellison is the nation's first Muslim congressman and is currently running to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.