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Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

Stabenow asked Perdue to improve the program before more payments go out.

MINNEAPOLIS–A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably harmed farmers. She…

Omar Criticized for Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution

Omar says accountability and recognition of genocide shouldn't be used as a cudgel in a political fight.

MINNEAPOLIS–U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is coming under criticism from Minnesota’s Armenian community for not supporting a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. The Minnesota Democrat was one of three lawmakers voted “present” when the House overwhelmingly approved it Tuesday in a clear rebuke to Turkey for invading northern Syria. Omar said in a statement…

Walz to Meet Privately with Lawmakers on Insulin Legislation

The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is meeting privately with lawmakers about emergency insulin legislation. The meeting is set for Friday at the Capitol. Walz earlier called on House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders to negotiate a compromise between their competing insulin affordability proposals. The Democratic governor wants to call a special session to resolve one of the major unfinished…

Warren and Sanders Stockpile Millions More than 2020 Rivals

With the first votes of the Democratic contest just months away, the candidates are entering a critical and expensive period.

WASHINGTON–Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t just lead the Democratic presidential primary in fundraising. They’ve stockpiled millions more than their rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders held $33.7 million cash-on-hand on his third-quarter fundraising report. Warren had $25.7 million during the same period, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came next at $23.3 million. Biden, meanwhile, held…

West Virginia Delegate Charged In Racist Sign Incident Featuring Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar

Democratic Delegate Mike Caputo has been charged with misdemeanor battery

Del. Mike Caputo and Rep. Ilhan OmarCHARLESTON, W.V. — A West Virginia lawmaker has been charged for an incident involving a racist sign featuring Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Democratic Delegate Mike Caputo says he was mad about a display at the statehouse falsely linking Omar with the September 11 terrorist attacks. It was part of West Virginia GOP Day in…

Klobuchar Reaches Polling Threshold For September Debate, Still Must Meet Donor Level

She is the eighth candidate to hit the polling requirement

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Amy Klobuchar has reached the polling threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debate in September, though she still needs to reach the donor requirement. Klobuchar got her fourth qualifying poll by getting 4 percent support in the CBS News/YouGov poll of likely Democratic voters in Iowa. Klobuchar will now need to hit 130,000 individual donors. Her…

Rick Berg Unanimously Elected To Full Term As North Dakota GOP Chairman

He was first elected party chairman in 2018 to fill out the term of Kelly Armstrong

BISMARCK, ND — Former U.S. Congressman Rick Berg of Fargo has been elected to his first full term as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party. Members of the party’s state committee unanimously backed Berg at their meeting in Bismarck on Saturday. He was first elected party chairman in 2018 to fill out the term of Kelly Armstrong, who stepped down…

Two Former Democratic Senators Launch Voting Initiative “One Country Project”

North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two former Democratic senators from red states who lost re-election bids in 2018 are leading a campaign to help their party win back votes in rural America. North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana’s Joe Donnelly are starting an initiative called the One Country Project. Its website states that Democrats need to “reopen the dialogue” in areas where people…

You’ll Be Able To Give To Veterans Group On North Dakota Tax Forms

The fund assists qualifying veterans with unmet medical needs

BISMARCK, ND — Governor Doug Burgum signs a bill to allow North Dakotans to contribute to the Veterans Postwar Trust Fund while doing their taxes. You’ll find a box starting on next year’s state income tax form to make a contribution. The fund assists qualifying veterans and their eligible dependents with unmet medical needs, including dentures, eyeglasses and hearing aids. The…

Republicans Offer Rebuttal Bill To Gov. Walz’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Under Walz's budget proposal, Minnesota's gas tax would increase from nearly 30 cents to nearly 50 cents a gallon

ST. PAUL, MN — Four Republican senators in Minnesota have introduced a rebuttal bill that would allow drivers to choose at the pump whether they want to pay an extra 20-cent per gallon gas tax. The bill is likely a response to Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed 20-cent per gallon gas tax hike, which would not be optional. The tax increase was…