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GOP state House candidate to suspend campaign against Ilhan Omar

Abdimalik Askar said he needs to attend to family issues. His name will remain on the ballot.

Riley Horan, 20, hopes to leave mark on politics even if he loses Minnesota legislative race

Riley Horan isn't yet 21, but he's running for the seat in House District 64A. Erin Murphy is the incumbent.

Trump warns of regulations, taxes harming family farmers

Donald Trump said rival Hillary Clinton will push regulations and high taxes that will hurt family farmers as he campaigned in Iowa, an agricultural state that remains a presidential election battleground.

In North Korea, a hardboiled (and fictional) cop keeps watch

The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers, you could think it's a city with almost no crime at all. There have been no murders reported there for years, no bank robberies, no muggings, no rapes.

Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa

Donald Trump warned Saturday of a "war on the American farmer," telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump prepare for Sept. 26 debate

Behind the scenes, Clinton and Trump are preparing for the first of three showdowns, set for Sept. 26.

Appeals court refuses to reconsider Wisconsin voter ID cases

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a pair of rulings affecting Wisconsin's voter ID law, meaning no more changes to the requirement are likely before the November election.


GOP, Trump campaign try to quell Minnesota ballot panic
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Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.

Outside political group alleges campaign-finance violations by two DFLers
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The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a Republican allied political group, has alleged violations of campaign-finance law by a DFL House candidate and a former DFL state legislator.


Donald Trump's doctor explains the letter he wrote in 5 minutes

Donald Trump’s doctor finally spoke out in an interview that aired Friday night. But his comments aren’t likely to end questions about the letter he…


Libertarians fight for a spot on the debate stage

Gary Johnson must meet 15-percent poll threshold.


U.S. is getting ready to make truck, bus drivers slow down

For newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change.


New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.


In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.


Minnesota State Fair serves up big dose of politics in key year

It serves as the unofficial kickoff of the political season, with booths and exhibits intended to get voters thinking more seriously about the November elections.


Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump are measuring the White House drapes

Candidates' transition teams plan post-election hires for their administrations.


Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators

Gov. Mark Dayton issued new state limits Friday on the use of a controversial class of pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of honeybees and other pollinators.


Judge: Rep. Bob Barrett doesn't live in district, can't be on ballot

The State Supreme Court will make final decision on whether the Republican representing Chisago County will be on ballot.


Maine gov. leaves lawmaker obscene voicemail rant

Republican Gov. Paul LePage unleashed an obscene tirade on a Democratic legislator, leaving him a voicemail message that said "I am after you" and telling reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel.