Dem Rep. Atkins Skips Run For Minnesota Congressional SeatVeteran Minnesota state Rep. Joe Atkins is passing on a run for Congress.The seven-term Democrat said Thursday he wouldn't seek the suburban seat being vacated by Republican Rep. John Kline. Atkins says he's looking at running for a different office in the future, but declined to say which.
Pope's Historic Address Gets Special Focus For Catholic StudentsCatholic students in the Twin Cities stopped to listen in school Thursday to Pope Francis’ address to Congress.
Mills Prepares For Round 2 Against Nolan For Congress SeatA GOP challenger is preparing for a second crack at U.S. Rep Rick Nolan. Businessman Stewart Mills lost Minnesota's 8th Congressional District to Nolan last year by less than 2 percentage points. Their race was one of the most expensive contests in the country.
Smaller-Than-Expected Field For Rep. Kline's Seat Grows By 1An open congressional seat once expected to set off a stampede of hopefuls so far hasn't attracted many candidates. Former Republican state Sen. John Howe announced his campaign for Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District Tuesday.
Mary Pawlenty Announces Decision Not To Run For CongressFormer Minnesota District Court Judge Mary Pawlenty has announced that she will not run for congress.
Mary Pawlenty Weighs Minnesota Congressional BidEx-judge and former Minnesota first lady Mary Pawlenty is weighing a run for Congress in a district that won't have an incumbent on the 2016 ballot.
Hundreds Protest Planned Parenthood In St. PaulProtests took place across the nation Tuesday to call for state and federal officials to investigate Planned Parenthood and to stop funding the organization. About 350 protesters stood outside the clinic near University Avenue in St. Paul. Several groups were represented, including the Minnesota Family Council, Students for Life in America and Pro-Life Action Ministries.
Nolan In For Another Term In CongressU. S. Rep. Rick Nolan plans to seek another term representing Minnesota's 8th congressional district next year. The 71-year-old DFL congressman is in his fifth term in the House and his second representing the voters of northeastern and central Minnesota. Nolan narrowly defeated Mills Fleet Farm heir Stewart Mills in the swing district in November. A Republican candidate has not yet emerged.
Bipartisan Group In Congress Urges No Great Lakes Fund CutsMembers 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.
Talking Points: Tom Emmer Defying ExpectationsWhen 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.
Lawmaker Wants Bust Of Late Rod Grams In Minnesota CapitolA 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.
Congress Sends Homeland Bill To Obama Without ConditionsCongress 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.