Talking Points: Child Sex Trafficking & Backpage.comChild sex trafficking continues to be a problem across the country and here in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement officers say websites that advertise escort services are one of the biggest sources for trafficking.
Minn. Politicians Respond To State Of The Union AddressPresident Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to make his pitch that the nation must come together to address persistent problems, from the wealth gap to economic mobility to lagging schools. Here are some responses to the address from Minnesota politicians.
Talking Points: Rep. Paulsen On Divided MN GOPThe government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.
Minn. Congressional Delegation Splits Over SyriaMinnesota's congressional delegation is split over President Barack Obama's proposed military strike against Syria. And the split is not falling along party lines.
Talking Points: What Does Rep. Paulsen Think Of A Shelby Run?The biggest and most surprising political story of the week is that former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby is considering running for Congress against Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota's Third Congressional District.
Former 'CCO Anchor Don Shelby Mulling Run Against PaulsenFormer WCCO anchor Don Shelby has been keeping himself occupied since retiring from his position delivering the evening news to Minnesotans back in 2010. But he may soon be embarking on his most ambitious venture yet -- Washington, D.C.
Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun SalesThe U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.
Minn. Shooting Victim: Expand Background ChecksThe mayor of Minneapolis and a man injured in the September mass shooting in town are calling on Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to help pass a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales.
Medical Device Tax May Be ScrappedA tax on pacemakers and other medical devices made in Minnesota may be going away. Since January there's been a 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales with the revenues earmarked to help pay for the new national health care reform law.
Rep. Walz Has Huge Fundraising Edge In RaceWhoever emerges from the Republican Party to face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz will be at a financial disadvantage in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District.
Upper St. Anthony Lock Touted As Carp Blocker Federal and state leaders are highlighting the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis as a crucial barrier for stopping Asian carp's advance up the Mississippi River.
Franken's 2nd Hotdish Off Ends In Bipartisan TieIf any political pundits were hoping to use the results of this year's Minnesota hotdish contest as any sort of bellwether for the upcoming 2012 elections, they may be disappointed to hear the event ended in a tie.