Politics / Elections

MN Gov. Walz’s Budget Proposal Includes 20 Cent Per Gallon Gas Tax Hike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday proposed hiking Minnesota’s gas tax by 20 cents per gallon to pay for road and bridge projects. Under the governor’s spending proposal, the state’s gas tax would increase by 70 percent from the current 28.6 cents per gallon to 48.6 cents. That would make Minnesota’s gas tax the fourth-highest in the…

MN Sen. Klobuchar Says Doctors Need to Change Opioid Prescribing Habits in CNN Town Hall

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar referenced the late singer Prince in saying that doctors need to change the prescribing habits of opioids in the United States. At a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday night, Klobuchar says her state still hasn’t gotten over the 2016 death of Prince, one of Minnesota’s most famous residents. He died of…

MN AG Keith Ellison Joins Lawsuit Against President Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has joined a 16 state lawsuit led by California to fight President Trump’s emergency declaration to fund his border wall. “President Trump, who has been unable to persuade Congress and the American people that a wall is necessary, is harming the people of Minnesota by forcing this constitutional crisis. I have…

President Trump Declares National Emergency To Pay For Border Wall

Trump says he shouldn't be sued but predicted ``we will be very successful in court.

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump says he expects legal challenges to his decision to declare a national emergency to erect barriers between the U.S. and Mexico but says he’ll be vindicated. Trump announced Friday that he has signed the appropriate paperwork to declare an emergency on the border so he can build the wall. In a sing-songy tone of…

UPDATE: House Passes Border Bill, Sends to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border – well short of what he requested – is on the way to his desk after a bipartisan House vote. The House voted 300-128 with Republican North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson both voting in favor…

Mayor Michael Brown Discusses Issues Affecting Grand Forks in State of the City Address

The theme is "dotting the I's," which include infrastructure, innovation, inclusion, and investment

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Mayor Michael Brown gave his 17th state of the city address. The theme for the speech was “dotting the I’s,” and Brown covered the areas of infrastructure, innovation, inclusion, and investment. The mayor says with all the growth in the city, including a hospital and downtown development, there will be a $1 billion return in investment. “That…

Congressional Leaders Make Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown

Washington (CNN) – Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week. The four lead bipartisan negotiators, emerging from talks Monday night, declined to get into details on how the agreement was struck, but when asked whether it included barrier funding and a resolution to the detention bed issue,…

MN Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Tweet Some People Feel is Anti-Semitic

UPDATE: Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized in a tweet. Listening and learning, but standing strong ???????? pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1 — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019   WASHINGTON (FOX 9) – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing backlash from congressional colleagues for a tweet being described as anti-Semitic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads a group of top Democrats calling on Omar to apologize. The…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Announces Bid for 2020 Presidential Campaign

Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd was among the many speakers there

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is officially trying to make her next home the White House. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us what voters have to say about the senator’s decision to start a presidential campaign. She may be the first Minnesota woman elected into the U.S. Senate, but now Sen. Amy Klobuchar is trying to take on an even…