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Bipartisan Group In Congress Urges No Great Lakes Fund Cuts

Members of Congress from both parties are lobbying colleagues not to cut funding from a key Great Lakes environmental program. Fifty-one representatives sent a letter Monday in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

03/18/2015

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Talking Points: Tom Emmer Defying Expectations

When Tom Emmer ran for governor in 2010, conservative icon Newt Gingrich campaigned for him. When he announced his bid for Congress, former vice presidential candidate Sara Palin endorsed him.

03/15/2015

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Lawmaker Wants Bust Of Late Rod Grams In Minnesota Capitol

A Republican lawmaker wants to install a bust of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams in the Minnesota Capitol. Sen. Paul Gazelka of Nisswa’s bill is to be formally introduced Wednesday and would honor Grams, who died in 2013. Grams was a news anchor at KMSP-TV for nearly a decade before winning a congressional seat in 1992 as a Republican.

03/10/2015

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Congress Sends Homeland Bill To Obama Without Conditions

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies.

03/03/2015

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Lawmakers Seek Short-Term Action To Stop Asian Carp Advance

Members of Congress are calling for quick action at a crucial spot in the Chicago area to block Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

02/26/2015

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Congress Set To Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

02/11/2015

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$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects

Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.

01/14/2015

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Bill Would Remove Federal Protections For Wolves In 4 States

Several members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.

01/13/2015

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Talking Points: Bachmann Leaving Congress, Not Politics

After 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t leaving quietly.

12/21/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 12-10-14

Congresswoman Bachmann talks to Dave Lee…..listen to that interview and other highlights by clicking the link above.

12/10/2014

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Bachmann Ready To Leave Congress, But Not Politics

An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.

12/07/2014

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Delegation Members Want Hibbing VA Inquiry

Several members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of alleged misconduct at a Veterans’ Affairs clinic in Hibbing. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter.

11/18/2014

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Talking Points: Emmer Not Looking To Stray From GOP Mainstream

One election result that has not gotten a lot of attention in the last week is Tom Emmer’s convincing win in the 6th Congressional District.

11/09/2014

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Reality Check: Guns And 8th District Candidates

The hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. “Nolan doesn’t get basic gun safety, and doesn’t know how many shells go in a duck gun,” the ad says.

10/30/2014

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Peterson, Leading Voice On Agriculture, Fights To Keep Job

For the first time in two decades, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson finds himself having to fight hard to keep his job and to avert a loss that could cost Minnesota one of Congress’ most influential voices on farm matters. Peterson is the ranking minority member and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He has represented western Minnesota’s 7th District for nearly 24 years and says it benefits from his clout.

10/30/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-29-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Miss something from a busy HUMP DAY version of the Morning News? Stewart Mills and Amy Klobuchar interviews can be heard by clicking the link above for the PODCAST PAGE.

10/29/2014

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Reality Check: Is Congress Really Getting Things Done?

The ads are hard to miss. They feature candidates for public office in Minnesota telling the public how they “reached across the aisle to get things done”.

10/15/2014

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McFadden Releases Plan For Legislative Action

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is making several promises for legislative action if he defeats Sen. Al Franken. McFadden vows to help write a balanced budget amendment — and a bill that would halt lawmaker pay if Congress doesn’t pass a budget — within his first 100 days in office.

10/08/2014

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Reality Check: Minnesota Millionaires In Congress

Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an “out of touch millionaire.” But if he’s elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.

10/03/2014

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Reality Check: The Stewart Mills Attack Ads

National Democrats are spending more than a $1 million on television campaign ads taunting Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills. It’s a signal that Democrats take first-time candidate Mills seriously in northern Minnesota’s Eighth District race against incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan.

09/24/2014

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In NW Minnesota, Plucky Challenger For Peterson

The man Republicans are banking on to give longtime Rep. Collin Peterson a legitimate challenge in Minnesota’s massive 7th congressional district can’t see his constituents from across the room, but they can sure see him.

09/20/2014

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Hagedorn Upsets Endorsed Miller In 1st District

Republican Jim Hagedorn has pulled off an upset in his party’s 1st District primary for Congress. Hagedorn beat endorsed candidate Aaron Miller in Tuesday’s primary.

08/13/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-John Hines Fills In.

Podcasts from today’s show with JOHN HINES in for Dave Lee can be heard by clicking the link above….

06/11/2014

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Aide: GM CEO Meets Lawmakers; Probe Near End

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.

05/22/2014

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