Minnesota Lawmakers Hammer Out Budget Details in Special Session

Both the House and Senate are due in floor sessions at 3 p.m. Wednesday, giving them time to finalize details beforehand

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are back at the Capitol to wrap up work on the budget after a tense finish to the regular legislative session. Legislative leaders and Gov. Dayton struck a deal as time ran down toward a required midnight adjournment Monday. It included coming back in an immediate special session needed to plow through the…

Minnesota Lawmakers in Middle of Blame Game

Senate Republicans were stalled for the second day because another senator's absence left them without the necessary votes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Work on a budget for Minnesota is still at a standstill as leaders now continue to point fingers at who is responsible. Gov. Dayton and Republican House and Senate leaders are no longer negotiating while House Speaker Kurt Daudt accuses the governor of attempting to run out the clock. Senate Republicans were stalled for the second…

President Trump Nominates Former U of M Professor to U.S. Court of Appeals

His nomination requires Senate confirmation

  WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump has nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Stras formerly clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The 42-year-old former University of Minnesota Law School professor was on Trump’s short list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees. His nomination requires Senate confirmation. It would give…

Minnesota Senate Introduces Bill to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Purchases

The senate introduces a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 in Minnesota

MINNESOTA–Just two days after Edina made the change, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that raisesĀ the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Members of the Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation coalition calledĀ it a win. “It’s really a huge victory,” said Jason McCoy, the tobacco prevention coordinator with Clay County Public Health. Edina is the first city…

Senator Franken Demands Answers on Russia from FBI Director Comey

The FBI is investigating the possibility of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia

WASHINGTON D.C. — The head of the FBI says Russia is still involved in American politics and Minnesota Senator Franken wants answers. During questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey agreed that Russia provides safe haven for cyber criminals. The FBI is investigating the possibility of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. Comey also says Russia…

ND Senate Kills Gun Measure Endorsed by House

The House had overwhelmingly endorsed the bill earlier this month

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate has killed a measure that would allow any elected official to carry a hidden firearm in a government building or at a public gathering. The House had overwhelmingly endorsed the bill earlier this month. Sen. Kelly Armstrong says Senate and House negotiators could not agree on some provisions in the bill. He…

From Farmers to Congress: Growers Talk 2018 Farm Bill with Area Politicians

Farmers meet with politicians to make suggestions for the 2018 Farm Bill

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a bill which affects every farmer in the country. The congressional delegation in North Dakota wants to make sure they get it right. The 2018 Farm Bill, which is in the debate stage, acts as a federal safety net for farmers in the U.S. When something bad happens to farmlands, a little extra financial help can…

North Dakota House Gives “Do Pass” Recommendation on Medical Marijuana

A big sticking point is the ease in which marijuana could be smoked as medicine

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota House committee has given a “do pass” recommendation on new rules governing the use of medical marijuana. The measure is expected to go to the full House on Tuesday. A big sticking point is the ease in which marijuana could be smoked as medicine. The bill passed by the Senate allows patients to smoke…

Sen. Hoeven Wants Quick Vote on President Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary

Hoeven is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved President Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary. In his confirmation hearing last week, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue stressed that he has worked with Democrats in the past. He sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Trump’s proposed deep cuts to farm programs….

Gov. Burgum Trying to Make Good on Giving Back His Salary

The governor will retain his state-paid health insurance

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum has made some progress on his campaign pledge to give back his salary. Senate budget writers have accepted an amendment by Burgum that would pay him only $1 a year. The full Senate still must approve the change. The governor will retain his state-paid health insurance. Burgum has said he would forgo his $130,000…