Tina Smith

U.S. Senators Heitkamp, Smith Emphasize the Need for Pension Reform

The two senators called on retirees to make their voices heard in Washington

FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Tina Smith spoke with several retired workers in Fargo to discuss pension reform. The two Senators are part of a bipartisan, joint Senate–House committee whose goal is to solve the pension crisis. They say the dilemma threatens nearly 2,000 North Dakotans and 400,000 retirees nationwide. Both Heitkamp and Smith feel that it’s…

MN Senator Tina Smith introduces broadband bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tina Smith has introduced the Community Connect Grant Program Act to connect Minnesotans and Americans to one another. She says in order to do that everyone must have access to affordable and reliable broadband services. This bill would create access to facilities to deploy broadband service, modernize minimum speed and keep pace with 21st century needs….

Tina Smith Sworn into Office, State Senator Michelle Fischbach Declines Higher Salary

Republicans are anxious to keep Fischbach in the Senate to protect a narrow majority

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota has a new senator as Lt. Governor Tina Smith gets sworn into office. The Democrat was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on the Senate floor in Washington. Just before taking the oath of office, Smith got her name plate placed outside her new office in Washington. She resigned as the state’s Lieutenant Governor…

Senator Franken: The Republican Tax Bill Represents a Slap in the Face

During that announcement he took a dig at the past alleged sexual harassment actions by President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Al Franken took to the Senate floor to give his final speech before his resignation takes effect in January. He talked about his years in the Senate debating the issues, the arguments and serious votes. Franken said “Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives.” He announced earlier this month that he would resign in the…

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 Governor Chooses Lt. Governor to Fill Franken’s Seat

Smith is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election. Dayton’s announcement Wednesday had been widely expected. Smith served as Dayton’s trusted chief of staff for three years before ascending to become his No. 2. She was once considered a likely candidate to succeed him, but…

Proposed Bill in Minnesota Could Help Farmers’ Property Taxes

In a panel discussion held Friday Minnesota representatives met with local farmers to hear concerns and go over a proposed property tax credit

Minnesota farmers have been dealing with rising property taxes over the past ten years. Now, a proposed bill could help alleviate some of those costs. Property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114% in the last 10 years. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said a combination of rising property values, demand for school improvements and lowered commodity prices have…

Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Responds to Inauguration

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith says she has some concerns coming into the Trump era

We spoke with Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith about what her hopes are with Trump taking office. Lieutenant Governor Smith said regardless of who is being elected, she always appreciates seeing the American Democratic system demonstrate its most prestigious ceremony. She said they have different views on certain subjects including trade and she is concerned about what affect his actions…