Politics & Elections

Sign-ups Show Health Law's Staying Power In Trump Era

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deadline burst of sign-ups is punctuating a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama's health care law. The strong finish for HealthCare.gov reveals continued consumer demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But troubles aren't…

FCC Votes Down Obama-era 'Net Neutrality' Rules

NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency's Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. The FCC's new rules…

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith Says She'll Run In 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The woman who has been appointed to Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's seat says she will also run in a special election next year to complete Franken's term. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced that…

Democratic Sources: Lt. Gov. Smith To Replace Franken

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Democratic operative with knowledge of the appointment says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken's seat until the November election - and Smith will run in…

Minnesota Governor To Name Franken's Replacement Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will name his pick to replace Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday. Franken announced his resignation last week amid a growing cloud of sexual misconduct allegations. The second-term Democrat's official resignation date…

What Happens When a Senator Resigns

BROOKINGS, S.D.-┬áThe national conversation over allegations of sexual harassment in the political arena has become a hot-button issue. Just last week, Minnesota Senator Al Franken stepped down from his seat…

Treasury Says GOP Tax Bill Will Generate $1.8T In Revenue

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is now estimating the Republican tax bill will generate about $1.8 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years by boosting economic growth. But that's a lot more than nonpartisan congressional analysts have projected.…

Announcement On Franken Replacement Expected Within Days

Minnesota's Governor says he will announce his choice to fill Al Franken's senate seat within days. Governor Mark Dayton didn't tip his hand to reporters Friday, saying there are "a number" of good candidates. The governor says he will move…

Net-Neutrality Fans Speak Up As FCC Set To Strike Down Rules

NEW YORK (AP) - Everyday folks are talking about net neutrality, a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. That's because the Federal Communications Commission will vote next Thursday to…

FEC: Former Sen. Tim Johnson Has $800K In Leftover Funds

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former U.S. senator is continuing to use his leftover campaign money toward political contributions in South Dakota, nearly five years after announcing his retirement. Former Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota still has…

State Dept Says Trump Travel Ban Fully Implemented

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court's decision earlier this week to allow enforcement…

Trump Warns That Wells Fargo Penalties 'Will Not Be Dropped'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo "will not be dropped" and is warning that they could be "substantially increased." The president is writing on Twitter following a report that the Consumer Financial…

North Dakota Lawmakers Sue Gov. Doug Burgum Over Vetoes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Doug Burgum's veto powers. Burgum was served with the lawsuit Friday. The dispute arose when the governor used his line-item veto in April to change parts…

Sen. Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is resigning amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Once a rising star in the Democratic Party, Franken made the announcement in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. The two-term lawmaker has repeatedly apologized…

Franken To Say Whether He Will Step Down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Al Franken will say whether he is resigning in a speech on the Senate floor at 11:45 a.m. Franken is under intense pressure to step down as allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted, with at least…

State House Republicans Nominate New Speaker Pro Tempore

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota House Republicans have nominated a Sioux Falls state representative to serve as speaker pro tempore. The Legislative Research Council said this week that GOP lawmakers met in caucus to nominate Rep. Steven Haugaard for…

Governor Seeking Nominations For Vacant State House Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking people to suggest candidates to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Craig Tieszen's death. Daugaard's office said Wednesday that the governor's appointee will serve for…

Franken To Make Announcement Thursday Amid Calls To Resign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement on Thursday. That's the word from the Democrat's office on Wednesday. Franken's support among his fellow Democrats is collapsing as a host…

Trump: Government Shutdown Could Happen Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says a government shutdown "could happen" Saturday, and he is blaming it on Democrats' stance on immigration. Speaking Wednesday before a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration…

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