Boehner Exit Shocks Minnesota LawmakersA Minnesota Republican who was long aligned with departing House Speaker John Boehner says he's shocked and saddened by his decision to leave Congress. Rep. John Kline said Friday that Boehner will be missed in Washington and the Ohio congressman's resignation will leave a "tremendous void" in the House.
Kline: Expect Quick Rework Of School Law In 2015the Minnesota congressman who leads the House education committee says he expects the new Republican-led Congress to move quickly to ditch the No Child Left Behind school law. Republican Rep. John Kline said Monday that he and his Senate counterpart hope to forge an agreement early next year.
Bachmann Backs Emmer To Succeed Her In CongressRepublican Rep. Michele Bachmann is formally backing GOP candidate Tom Emmer to succeed her in Congress as an expected primary awaits that Minnesota race. Bachmann and other Republican officials stood with Emmer at a Tuesday news conference.
Rep. Peterson To Announce Political Plans In FebruaryU.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says he'll formally announce next month whether he'll seek another term in Congress, but for now he's running. The Minnesota Democrat said he's going to take a couple weeks to think about what he needs to do to organize a campaign, then announce a final decision.
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.
In Solidarity, Senate Women Help Female CandidatesRep. Shelley Moore Capito's responsibilities are familiar to many women: plan her daughter's May wedding, look out for her elderly parents and concentrate on her day job. The Republican congresswoman from West Virginia is also running for the U.S. Senate. She's getting some help from women who've been there and done that.
Ex-House Members Seeking Comebacks In 2014Some former members of Congress are hoping 2014 will be the year of the comeback. Congress may have public approval ratings hovering near record lows, but several Republicans who once served in the House are trying to recapture their old seats.
Klobuchar Thinks Congress Will Pass Farm BillAs U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar helped volunteers at the Second Harvest Heartland warehouse in Golden Valley, she said she is optimistic that Congress will pass a new long-term farm bill this year. That would be welcome news to Second Harvest CEO Rob Zeaske.
Shutdown Leaves Thousands In D.C. Area In LimboThe usually bustling District of Columbia will be uniquely affected Wednesday by the first government shutdown in 17 years, with thousands of federal employees who make up the backbone of the metro area's workforce ordered not to report to work.
Rep. Rick Nolan Opposes Taking Military Action Against SyriaU.S. Representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district Rick Nolan is challenging the evidence that's been presented on the reported use of chemical weapons by Syria against its people.
Farm Bill Extension Not Popular In Upper MidwestLeaders of many farm groups in the Upper Midwest aren't pleased that Congress has extended the current farm bill rather than pass new legislation.
Minn. Candidates Begin Filing To Run For Office Candidates have begun filing to run for elected positions ranging from the Minnesota Legislature to the U.S. Congress.