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Governor Tim Walz
Gov. Walz orders flags be flown at half-staff to honor victims in Boulder shooting , KARE 11  
Walz: Minnesota ranks 1st in US in administering COVID-19 vaccines received KTTC  
Call To Boost Minnesota Hate Crime Laws Renewed Amid Surge In AAPI Attacks WCCO

US Senator Amy Klobuchar
D.C. statehood group looks to Klobuchar for helpStar Tribune 
Voting rights clash hurtles Senate toward nuclear breakdown Politico 
Bipartisan Bill Would Bring $1.5 Billion to Spur New Housing Bloomberg
Minnesota senators eye federal push for high-rise sprinklers Axios

US Senator Tina Smith
Pension provision to aid MinnesotansDL-Online 
Sen. Smith on NCAA gender disparities: Star women athletes treated like 'second-class citizens' Yahoo! News  

Rep. Angie Craig
Where Minnesota Lawmakers Stand On Solutions For Gun Violence WCCO
Congresswoman calls for trade, travel to Cuba, Faribault Daily News

Rep. Dean Phillips
Phillips opens Congressional Art Competition for studentsSun Sailor 

Rep. Betty McCollum
White Earth Nation receives $2,300,000 Native American Housing Block Grant The Bemidji Pioneer

Minnesota Legislature
House DFL unveils budget proposal that largely aligns with Walz’sPioneer Press 
Minnesota House passes ban on price gouging during emergencies Pioneer Press  
Minnesota House passes $107 million summer school package FOX 9  
MN Legislature headed for another budget battle over tax increases KTOE  
Minnesota Democrats prioritize boost for schools, worker protections in $52.5 billion plan The Bemidji Pioneer  

 

MN News  
When will Minnesota open vaccine eligibility to all adults? , KARE 11  
State health officials warn UK virus variant now considered to be widespread in Minnesota KSTP  
COVID Vaccine In Minnesota: Eligibility Expansion Announcement Expected This Week WCCO  
New report touts importance of immigrants to Minnesota’s economy MinnPost 

National News  
The Future Of The Pandemic In The U.S.: Experts Look Ahead NPR   
Victims in Colorado grocery store shooting include workers, officer, soon-to-be grandfather NBC  
United States, Allies Sanction Chinese Officials for Human Rights Abuses , JD Supra  
Deaths from coronavirus on the rise worldwide after weeks of decline, warns WHO The Washington Post  

Republican Party News  
G.O.P. and Allies Draft ‘Best Practices’ for Restricting Voting The New York Times  
US democracy on the brink: Republicans wage 'coordinated onslaught' on voting rights The Guardian  
Blue-state Republicans slump without Trump as foil Politico  

 

Events

March 27th - 10:00AM - Be it Resolved: We Declare a Climate Emergency! - A forum hosted by the DFL Platform Committee and the DFL Environmental Caucus, with: Representatives Patty Acomb and Jamie Long, MN350 Executive Director Dr. Sam Grant, and Solar Bear/Native Sun's Robert Blake. For more information click here! To register follow this link!

April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

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March 19, 2021

 

Governor Tim Walz
Gov. Walz releases revised Minnesota state budget proposal , KSTP  
Gov. Tim Walz scales back proposed tax increases, boosts tax relief Star Tribune   
Governor Walz Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Lives Lost to COVID-19 Union Times  

US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Congress tries to get the FTC in fighting shape The Verge

Rep. Angie Craig
School lunch leaders want free meals for all students Yahoo! News 
Representative Angie Craig Joins Bipartisan Working Group in Congress Voice of Alexandria  

Rep. Dean Phillips
Rep. Curtis leads bipartisan coalition with legislation to combat surveillance of Uyghurs and others Utah Policy

Minnesota Legislature 
Minnesota lawmakers weigh relief for municipal utilities and low-income residents Pine Journal  
Proposed Minnesota state corrections policy aims to reduce inmate time behind bars, help them re-enter community Pioneer Press  
Lawmakers Advance Bills To Help Offset Natural Gas Costs Due To February Surge WCCO  

 

MN News  
Minnesota hits 500,000 COVID-19 cases, 2 million vaccine shots , Star Tribune  
New Minnesota education commissioner focused on learning recovery Duluth News Tribune  
Minnesota student with Standing Rock roots wins national Heart of the Arts Award Park Rapids Enterprise  
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Will vaccinations outpace outbreaks? MPR  

National News  
Top U.S., China diplomats have public spat as Alaska summit opens,  NBC   
FBI releases new video footage of officers being assaulted at the US Capitol CNN  
Biden says US to hit 100 million vaccinations goal on Friday WSAZ  
Atlanta spa shootings: Biden and Harris to meet with Asian American leaders; family members remember shooting victims USA Today  

Republican Party News  
Is ‘Anti-Wokeness’ the New Ideology of the Republican Party? New York Magazine   
Republicans' voter suppression crusade may cost them corporate donors. But they don't care. NBC  
Four in 10 Republicans say the Capitol rioters’ anger was justified. The New York Times  

 

Events

March 27th - 10:00AM - Be it Resolved: We Declare a Climate Emergency! - A forum hosted by the DFL Platform Committee and the DFL Environmental Caucus, with: Representatives Patty Acomb and Jamie Long, MN350 Executive Director Dr. Sam Grant, and Solar Bear/Native Sun's Robert Blake. For more information click here! To register follow this link!

April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

 

March 18, 2021

 

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Governor Tim Walz
Walz to quarantine, delay State of the State address after staff member tests positive for COVID-19 , KSTP
Gov. Walz proclaims March 18 ‘Transit Driver Appreciation Day’ , Crookston Times

US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Pelosi’s push for 9/11-style Capitol riot commission stalls in political quicksand , Politico
U.S. Senate Democrats introduce sweeping election reform bill facing steep odds , Reuters
Amy Klobuchar and Other Democrats Push $50 Billion Aid Package for Nonprofits , Philanthropy

US Senator Tina Smith
Sen. Tina Smith appointed chair of Rural Development and Energy subcommittee , KEYC

Rep. Angie Craig
School lunch leaders want free meals for all students , Post Bulletin

AG Keith Ellison
Why the Biden-Harris Climate Accountability Pledge Really Matters , Bloomberg Law
Minnesota attorney general strikes $39M deal to forgive loans, compensate students defrauded by for-profit colleges , Star Tribune
Ellison agrees to town hall, says ‘no change’ will come for residents , Mille Lacs Messenger
Attorney General Ellison enforcement of Tobacco Settlement wins $81 million for State , Red Lake Nation News

Minnesota Legislature
State wins legal challenge to Minnesota’s insulin affordability program , MinnPost
Walz $35M public safety request still stalled after House Democrats reject GOP bill , KTOE
House committee approves new investments in high-speed broadband, International Falls Journal
Opinion Exchange: It's time to restore the gun ban at the Capitol, Star Tribune

 

Minnesota News
Atlanta shootings unsettle Asian American communities in the Twin Cities , Kare 11
New St. Cloud vaccine site a 'game-changer' for outstate Minnesota , Star Tribune
'Enough is enough': Law enforcement partners announce plan to reopen George Floyd Square , KSTP
Minnesota reaches 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered , Valley News Live

National News
Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence , CNN
Biden Endorses Reforming The Senate Filibuster. Here's What That Means , NPR
Biden to Reach 100 Million Vaccinations Goal Six Weeks Early , Bloomberg

Republican Party News
Minnesota GOP to elect new chair in April , Ballotpedia News
Full List of 172 Republicans Who Opposed the Violence Against Women Act , Newsweek
Republicans renew push to repair, reinstall toppled Columbus statue at MN Capitol , KTOE

DFL Party News
DFL Party Condemns Hate Crimes Directed at AAPI Community , DFL Press Release
Scott Jensen Refuses COVID Vaccine, Going Against Medical Consensus, DFL Press Release 

 

Events
April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

 

March 17, 2021

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Governor Tim Walz  
St. Cloud to be location of Minnesota's 6th large-scale vaccination site , Bring Me The News 
Women Now Hold All Chief Judicial Seats On Minnesota Executive Branch And Appellate Courts WCCO 

US Senator Amy Klobuchar  
SEN. KLOBUCHAR PUSHES FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE DURING VIRTUAL DISCUSSION KIMT3  
Battling bigness: Congress eyes action against monopolies Associated Press 
Bill aims to keep rural broadband connectivity during pandemic,   International Falls Journal

US Senator Tina Smith  
Senate Confirms Haaland As First Native American To Serve In The Cabinet Patch 
Sen. Smith Will Chair Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee KNSI Radio   

Rep. Ilhan Omar  
Bill addresses rent, mortgage cancellation amid pandemic Financial Regulation News

Minnesota Legislature  
Decades after Wetterling abduction, a growing push to take juveniles off state's predatory registry Star Tribune  
Bipartisan Minnesota bills address unpaid Metro Transit fares WCCO Radio  
Big Pharma's challenge to Minnesota's affordable insulin law is dismissed Bring Me The News  
Democrats, Republicans pushing different summer school funding plans in MN House KTOE 

 

Minnesota News
Teens fueling slight increase in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota , Associated Press  
Struggling Minnesota renters will soon have access to $500 million in assistance FOX 9  
Vaccine trials for children praised as Minnesota works towards coronavirus herd immunity Pioneer Press  
Gopher hockey wins Big Ten Tournament title with win over Wisconsin Bring Me The News  

National News
Russia's Putin authorised pro-Trump 'influence' campaign, US intelligence says BBC  
Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at 3 US spas Aljazeera  
The race between variants and vaccines in US will be a close call, expert warns, and eased restrictions aren't helping CNN  
Many Americans continue to experience mental health difficulties as pandemic enters second year Pew Research Center  

Republican Party News
Alaska GOP censures Murkowski, looks for ’22 challenger Mooresville Tribune  
Republicans on Biden’s Covid bill: We bungled this one Politico  
Nevada: GOP filed far fewer election complaints than claimed Associated Press  

 

Events
April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

 

March 16, 2021

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Governor Tim Walz  
COVID In MN: Gov. Walz’s Emergency Powers Extended As Restrictions Loosen Monday, WCCO 
Minnesota Senate aims to curb Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers Star Tribune  

US Senator Amy Klobuchar  
Walz, Klobuchar, Smith celebrate American Rescue ActKTOE 

US Senator Tina Smith  
Senator Calls Out Opposition To Deb Haaland: ‘A Woman Of Color Is Being Held To A Different Standard’Huffpost ,
Haaland confirmed by Senate as first Native American to lead Interior The Washington Post
American Rescue Plan Sending Billions To MN Yahoo! News

Rep. Ilhan Omar  
Omar urges end to prison contracts to fix 'abuse-ridden' immigration detention system The Guardian  

Rep. Dean Phillips
Dems, GOP prep dueling messages on Covid bill Politico

Rep. Angie Craig
Minnesota Democrats cheer billions in federal ‘rescue plan’ dollars headed for Minnesota Pioneer Press
Minnesota Democratic leaders tout $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Park Rapids Enterprise
Omar urges end to prison contracts to fix 'abuse-ridden' immigration detention system The Guardian  
Rep. Angie Craig announces 2021 Congressional Art Competition Northfield News

Minnesota Legislature  
More women to serve on University of Minnesota's governing board as Legislature elects four new regents Star Tribune  
Minnesota Affordable Insulin Law Survives Lobbyists’ Challenge Courthouse News Service  
MN: Legislation would implement decriminalize fare evasion on Metro Transit, introduce officers to aid passengers Mass Transit Mag  

 

 

Events
April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

 

March 15, 2021

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Governor Tim Walz  
With variants as 'wild card,' Minnesota Executive Council extends Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers , Park Rapids Enterprise  
Churches prepare as Governor Walz increases capacity limits KVRR  

US Senator Amy Klobuchar  
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins Target Senior Fraud With Senate Proposal WCCO  
Sen. Amy Klobuchar Talks Grants For Restaurants, More Aspects of American Rescue Plan in Duluth Visit FOX 21  
Klobuchar visits Duluth to promote American Rescue Plan Duluth News Tribune  
Big Tech In Crosshairs As Congress Takes Up Antitrust Reform Kenosha News   
For Voting Rights Advocates, a ‘Once in a Generation Moment’ Looms The New York Times   

US Senator Tina Smith  
$31 Billion Included For Indigenous Americans In COVID Relief Package KVRR   
Federal COVID Relief Bill Includes Childcare Funding KTOE   
Federal COVID Relief Bill Includes Childcare Funding Wall Street Journal   
US Senate unanimously approves two bills aiming to lower drug prices Jurist   

Rep. Ilhan Omar  
Ilhan Omar Slams GOP 'Hypocrites' After Ted Cruz Letter About Tucker Carlson Newsweek  

Minnesota Legislature  
Minnesota legislators want to rename highway after Prince Star Tribune  
Second week of Chauvin jury selection and Minnesota legislature hasn’t approved public safety funding KFGO  
The Docket: committee deadlines underway at Minnesota State Capitol KEYC  

 

MN News  
Minnesota Weather: Winter Storm Warning Expands, Hennepin Co. Now Under Winter Weather Advisory , WCCO  
COVID-19 in Minnesota: 5 deaths, 997 cases reported Sunday KSTP  
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Vaccination pace increases — and so do case counts MPR  

National News  
Top US Officials in Asia on First Overseas Visit Voice of America  
Fauci points to Covid surge in Europe as warning against lifting U.S. restrictions right now CNBC  
'Considerable degree of normality' possible by July, Fauci says; Duke in lockdown; learn status of your stimulus cash: COVID-19 updates USA Today  
Biden to speak at White House on coronavirus relief as ‘Help Is Here’ tour gets underway The Washington Post  

MNGOP Party News  
McFeely: MNGOP shifts from Gov. MyPillow to Gov. Tinfoil Hat Brainerd Dispatch  
Rep. Stauber says he is ‘laser focused’ on 8th District, will not run for Governor ,  WDIO  
 
Republican Party News  
The Georgia Republican Party wants to set voting rights back decades. Is your state next? Yahoo! News  
Texas GOP launches avalanche of bills to curtail voting NBC

 

Events
April 15th  - Minnesota DFL Founders Day Celebration 2021 - Join your fellow DFLers for the 15th Annual Founders Day Dinner, this time from the comfort of your own home. Broadcast begins at 5:30pm. Governor's Reception begins at 4:30pm. Guest speakers include: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Click here to RSVP!

 

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Governor Tim Walz
To thwart domestic terror threat, Walz wants to increase funding for little-known investigative unit,  Star Tribune  

US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Antitrust Reforms, Tech Regulation , SDxCentral   
Lawmakers Aim To End ‘Boyfriend Loophole,’ Keep Guns From Abusers HuffPost 
Congressional Panels Examine Military’s Role In Insurrection, New Security FundingWAMU
Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn Urge White House to Use Venues as Vaccination Sites Rolling   
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Bipartisan legislation targets elder fraud prevention, response, education efforts McKnight’s  Senior Living

US Senator Tina Smith
Smith named chair of key Senate banking subcommittee International Falls Journal   

Rep. Angie Craig

For Minnesota's U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, the Equality Act is personal Rochester Post Bulletin 
Third Stimulus Checks: What To Expect In Dakota County,  Burnsville Patch 
New Bill Would Provide Flexibility for Haying and Grazing of Covers , No Till Farmer


Rep. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar unveils bill to sanction MBS for Khashoggi’s murder Aljazeera  

Minnesota Legislature 
Compromise emerging on Minnesota tax relief package The Bemidji Pioneer  
Second Minnesota Adult-Use Marijuana Bill Survives House Committee Lexology 
State surplus frees up budget talks, but priorities unclear Mankato Free Press  
Deal brewing on quick tax relief bill in Minnesota MPR  

 

 

MN News  
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Poised for a vaccination upswing , MPR  
Minnesota the best state for kids, according to a new study KARE 11  
Type 1 diabetes, rare diseases added to Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine priority groups Star Tribune  

National News  
Worried About Coronavirus Variants? Here's What You Need To Know NPR  
US Capitol Police beef up security for March 4 amid concerns over QAnon conspiracy theory ABC  
Biden Says U.S. Will Have Vaccine Supply For All Adults By May, Prioritizes Teachers NPR  
Texas Drops Its Virus Restrictions as a Wave of Reopenings Takes Hold The New York Times  
The voting wars come to Capitol Hill: Democrats eye national elections overhaul amid GOP crackdown The Washington Post  

Republican Party News  
REPUBLICANS ARE TAKING A SLEDGEHAMMER TO VOTING RIGHTS Vanity Fair  
The real post-Trump GOP divide: House vs. Senate Politico  

 

March 2, 2021

 

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MN News
Veteran federal prosecutor, Minnesota native named state's interim U.S. attorney , Star Tribune  
How Do Minnesota’s Vaccination Efforts Stack Up To Other States? WCCO  
Minnesota doctors urge families to take precautions after seeing uptick in sledding-related accidents KSTP  
Minnesota State Fair Officials Planning To Go Ahead In 2021, For Now WCCO  

US News  
Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, retaliating against Iran-backed militias NBC  
More than 25m drink from the worst US water systems, with Latinos most exposed The Guardian  
2 US Navy ships in Middle East facing COVID-19 outbreaks ABC   
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which requires just one shot, is on track to become third allowed for use in US USA Today  

Republican party news  
Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' The Hill  
Trump's hold on Republican Party on display as conservatives gather Reuters  
Marjorie Taylor Greene faces backlash after attacking congresswoman with transgender daughter USA  Today  

 


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