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Sens. Franken, Klobuchar question Neil Gorsuch on big business

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), second left, talks with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) before Durbin questioned Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump�s nominee for the Supreme Court, of the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 22, 2017.

Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.


Where Minnesota's delegation stands on GOP health care bill

As the House prepares to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, here's what Minnesota's federal representatives have been saying about the bill.


Minn. House GOP plans targeted tax breaks, more road spending

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and fellow Republican legislators Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River), right

Budget targets released Monday include $1.35 billion in tax cuts or credits.


Report: Minn. Chamber, business and unions dominate lobbying spending

Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.


Black leaders lobby at the Capitol for 'United Black Legislative Agenda'

Black community leaders and activists are lobbying legislators on a range of bills related to education, jobs and urban agriculture.


Dayton's NCAA bracket predicts Minnesota wins, Wisconsin loses

Gov. Mark Dayton joined other prominent Minnesotans in filling out a March Madness basketball bracket.


Plan for narrower health plans sparks debate in House committee

A GOP lawmakers' bill would let insurance companies offer plans that don't cover a variety of health conditions.


Dayton criticizes GOP health-care plan after CBO estimates

Dayton warns rural Minnesota would be among the worst off under GOP health-care plan introduced in Congress.


Dayton to Republicans: Don't try across-the-board budget cuts

Gov. Mark Dayton warned GOP leaders to avoid tucking policy plans into budget proposals.


Sen. Klobuchar pushes for more antitrust scrutiny

WASHINGTON – A week before the confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered a speech at the Center for American Progress saying it was "more than important" to press him on his views of court decisions that made it harder to pursue antitrust cases.


Budget officials report better-than-expected tax collections in February

The state collected more than $1 billion in taxes last month, about 3 percent more than budget officials had projected.


Sen. Franken meets with Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Judge Neil Gorsuch share a laugh as they met on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 7, 2017. Confirmation hearings for Gorsuch, President Donald Trump�s nominee to the Supreme Court, are set to begin on March 20.

Sen. Al Franken met this afternoon with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, less than two weeks before what is expected to be a contentious hearing before the Judiciary Committee where Franken is a member.


Sen. Klobuchar: If AG Sessions lied, he must resign

Sen. Klobuchar: If AG Sessions lied, he must resign


Some DFL lawmakers write letter attacking party strategy

A group of current and former DFL legislators say the party's campaign strategy "intentionally ignores many voters and offends others."


Rep. Keith Ellison in tight race in today's vote to lead DNC

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is running to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.

For DNC chair hopefuls, the race could be won by just a few votes


Trump appears to accept invitation to visit Minnesota mine

In this photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

As part of a listening session, Trump met with manufacturing executives on Thursday and appears to have accepted an invitation to tour U.S. Steel's


Gun control advocates try to keep pressure on, despite legislative losses

A group of lawmakers, activists and law enforcement who pledged to reduce gun violence with measures like universal background checks held a news conference at the Capitol Thursday.


MN Sen. David Osmek uses colorful language in email to describe Southwest light rail

No regrets, he says.


Sunday liquor store sales bill passes Minn. Senate committee

The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill that would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.


Trump compliments Rep. Ellison because he predicted election win

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shown in a file photo, says, "Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop."

President Trump compliments Rep. Keith Ellison because he didn't downplay him