There appears to be little disagreement about the evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, but amongst Minnesota’s Congressional delegation – there are major differences over what to do about it. At the Minnesota State Fair, members of Congress were giving all sorts of advice. Democrat Keith Ellison says he supports a limited, tactical military response to chemical warfare.
An ex-adviser to Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential bid is promoting a new book he says provides an insider’s account of that campaign. Peter Waldron’s book “Bachmannistan: Behind the Lines” says it sheds light on illegal and unethical behavior.
Phil Krinkie says he will leave his post as president of the Minnesota Taxpayers League because of his newly announced run for Congress. But the Republican hasn’t decided if he’ll stay on as a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system trustee. Krinkie, a former state representative, announced last week that he is joining the race for the congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. Krinkie said Monday he was stepping down from the Taxpayers League after leading the anti-tax group since 2007.
A top aide to congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been arrested and charged with thefts that took place in a House office building. A spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police says 37-year-old Javier Sanchez of Virginia was arrested last Thursday. Sanchez was a senior legislative assistant to Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican. Her office is in the Rayburn office building, where police say the thefts took place. Sanchez has been charged with theft of money or goods less than $1,000 in value.
Republicans in the U.S. House are promising to swiftly bring a food stamp bill up for a vote. That’s after they stripped food stamps from the 5-year farm bill, and then failed to pass the farm bill, too.
Former state Rep. Tom Emmer has an early lead in one aspect of the open-seat race in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District: The chase for campaign dollars.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is $30,000 away from extinguishing the debt from her ill-fated presidential campaign. A campaign filing Monday shows she has almost satisfied what had at one point been a debt north of $1 million.
Republican State Senator John Pederson has joined the race to try to succeed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th District. “I have very strong beliefs about the future of our country,” Pederson said. “I believe I have the qualifications that will enable me to effectively represent the interests of the people in the 6th Congressional District.”
An Iowa woman says she has resolved her lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann that accused the former presidential candidate’s campaign of stealing an email list of home school supporters. A lawyer for Barbara Heki, of Johnston, says the case against the Minnesota congresswoman and her senior Iowa campaign aides was dismissed Friday in Polk County District Court. Heki had been a longtime board member of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and volunteered for Bachmann’s 2012 Iowa caucus campaign.
Democrats in the U.S. House think they can win the 2nd District seat held by six-term Republican Congressman John Kline. But Kline has proved to be an unusually resilient congressman. Winning the seat is a lot easier said than done. Kline once won an election by as many as 23-percentage points, and he’s chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee.
The head of Anoka County’s governing board is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah announced Wednesday that she’s joining the race, stressing her credentials as a fiscal conservative.
Tom Emmer talks about his run for Congress and what he learned from the Governor’s race in 2010.
A Circle Pines environmental activist says she’ll seek the Democratic endorsement to run for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District.
Outgoing U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is not ruling out a possible return to public office. Bachmann gave her first interview Thursday night since her surprise announcement last week that she won’t seek re-election. The tea party favorite told Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel that she might run again for public office, but gave no specifics.
The Republican candidate for governor in 2010 is trying for a political comeback as he joins the race to succeed Michele Bachmann in Congress. Tom Emmer was announcing his campaign Wednesday in his hometown of Delano. Emmer says his narrow 2010 governor’s race loss to Mark Dayton will make him a stronger candidate, and that he wants to follow in Bachmann’s footsteps fighting what he called “the ever-growing size of government.”