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Duluth native still backs Confederate symbols

A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."


Dems launch political ads against Minnesota reps, others

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched digital ads against U.S. Reps. Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and 23 other GOP lawmakers.


GOP group launches TV ads in Third District

Sen. Norm Coleman's American Action Network launches multi-million dollar ad campaign targeted at vulnerable Republican districts.


NRCC targets Craig, Phillips over health care

The National Republican Campaign Committee is targeting several Minnesota Democratic campaign challengers with digital ads attacking some party leaders' support for a single-payer healthcare system.


Paulsen raised $565K in second quarter

Paulsen's newly Democratic challenger raised nearly as much in half the time this spring.


Phillips raised $500K in the first weeks

The deep-pocketed Democrat running for Minnesota's Third Congressional District seat says his donations have come entirely from individual donations over the campaigns first six weeks.


Gov. Dayton and the Legislature: what happened, why and what comes next?

Minnesota state budget is settled, but Dayton extends political battle with lawmakers -- with likely legal consequences.


Morning Hot Dish: Labor's revenge

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Sen. Klobuchar vows Judiciary Committee will closely vet Comey's replacement

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

As President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey continues to rock the Capitol, Sen. Amy Klobuchar anticipates the Senate Judiciary Committee will play an important role in the aftermath.


Paulsen calls for independent investigation into Russian interference

Rep. Erik Paulsen

Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.


Attack ads launched over GOP healthcare vote

The attack ads are already starting against House Republicans who approved the controversial healthcare overhaul last week.


Health care vote splits Republicans, Democrats in Minnesota delegation

Reps. Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer were among 217 House Republicans who voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.


Tobacco industry spent $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics

The tobacco industry spent at least $486,000 trying to influence Minnesota politics and government in 2016 and the first part of 2017.


State House GOP releases $600 million public works plan

The proposal is considerably smaller than the bonding plan proposed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to borrow $1.5 billion for roads, bridges, college campuses and other public projects.


Minnesota House blocks vote on grants for measles outbreak

A majority of House members voted against the proposal on procedural grounds, saying more meetings were needed.


Minn. GOP Chairman Downey attacks deputy as election nears

Keith Downey

GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.


Dayton open to approving transportation plan without raising gas tax

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton said that if the Legislature passes a 'satisfactory' transportation budget bill without a gas tax, he would be inclined to sign it into law.


Minnesota revenue commissioner warns budget cuts could prompt tax-refund delays

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly criticized GOP budget proposals from the House and Senate, which aim to cut millions from her department.


Lawmakers from minority communities create new caucus

Lawmakers from minority groups try to unify, focus their message.


Campaign to draft Rep. Rick Nolan for governor hires campaign operative

Hire indicates Nolan may be serious.