DEMOCRATS

Minnesota Gov. Walz Unveils Massive Public Construction Borrowing Bill

Republican leaders have shown little enthusiasm for a big bonding package

FORT SNELLING, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has unveiled his first capital spending proposal, a $1.27 billion public construction borrowing bill. $150 million would go to housing. “This proposal will fund a full range of housing choices including supporting housing for people experiencing homelessness, senior housing, family housing and new home ownership opportunities,” said Walz. The package also includes $330…

Former Minnesota House Speaker Picked For Walz Cabinet Post

Margaret Anderson Kelliher has been chosen to lead the Department of Transportation

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz has named a former speaker of the Minnesota House as his transportation commissioner and is keeping the budget commissioner of outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton. The Democrat appointed former House speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to lead the Department of Transportation. The governor-elect announced that Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans will keep his…

Students Begin Canvassing Across Town to Support Heidi Heitkamp

The "Students for Heidi" groups also take form on college campuses across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Several students walk around neighborhoods in the metro to convince potential voters to support Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The “Students for Heidi” group knocked on several doors and asked voters questions about their preferences heading into the election. Students say Heitkamp’s support of their needs in education and other issues fuels their ambition to help her campaign. “She always…

Mac Schneider to Run for U.S. House

The democrat plans to kick-off his campaign for the U.S. House on Tuesday

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former North Dakota Senate Minority Leader is running for Congress. Mac Schneider will kick-off his campaign for the U.S. House on Tuesday. The attorney is planning stops in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck to announce his intention to seek the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the job. He’ll face off against fellow Democrats Ben Hanson and John Grabinger….

Attorney General In North Dakota Since 2000 Is Running For Re-Election

Wayne Stenehjem Made The Announcement On Social Media And On His Birthday

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Attorney General since 2000 is running for re-election. In a social media post, Wayne Stenehjem announced he will seek re-election this year. The announcement comes on his 64th birthday. Stenehjem said, “During my time as Attorney General, I have worked diligently to protect our children from predators, eliminate domestic violence, fight the illegal drug trade.”…

ND Democrats Respond to Burgum Speech; Criticize GOP for Failed Promises

State Democrats point to budget cuts and failure to increase jobs as proof of failed promises

BISMARCK, N.D. — State Representative Ron Guggisberg of Fargo delivered the Democratic Party’s response to Governor Burgum’s speech. Guggisberg criticized Republicans for the state’s budget deficit and cuts to state spending. He said this has put stress on state programs and individual taxpayers. Guggisberg said that the Republican majority failed to uphold their promise of keeping property taxes steady and…

As Senator Franken Prepares to Exit, Leadership Battle Waits to Take Center Stage in Minnesota

Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach is poised to become lieutenant governor after Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is sworn in tomorrow to replace Franken

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — This is Sen. Al Franken’s last day as a member of Congress. The Democratic Minnesota lawmaker will resign his seat officially tomorrow after numerous allegations of sexual harassment. Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach is poised to become lieutenant governor after Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is sworn in tomorrow to replace Franken. But Fischbach plans to…

Some Lawmakers Asking Franken to Reconsider Resigning from Senate

Congressman Peterson said he would have preferred that the Ethics Committee looked into the matter and released a report

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Collin Peterson is joining the chorus of people suggesting that Sen. Al Franken acted too quickly when he announced his plans to resign. Franken announced that he plans to leave the Senate after several Democratic colleagues urged him to step down amid accusations of inappropriately touching women. Since then, some of those senators have asked…

Minnesota Speaker of the House Talks to MSUM, Concordia Students

Kurt Daudt says he wanted to let college students know the important role they can take in politics

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt is in town to talk with MSUM and Concordia students about why they should get involved in politics. Daudt says it’s important for him to let college students know the important role they can play in politics. He says he will help students get in touch with elected officials whether they…

Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar Honor Memory of Late Sen. Paul Wellstone

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today "Wellstone Remembrance Day."

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today “Wellstone Remembrance Day.” The senator, along with his wife, daughter and campaign aides were all killed in plane crash in northern Minnesota in 2002. The Democratic lawmaker was running for a third term. Wellstone died just…