Favored governor candidates snubbed in Minnesota conventions

Both leading candidates to become Minnesota’s next governor failed to nab their party’s endorsement at conventions on Saturday, as party activists picked outsiders who hew more closely to their respective bases. State Rep. Erin Murphy won an endorsement from Democrats at their convention in Rochester, after a six-ballot battle with Rep. Timothy James Walz Senate must pass Mission Act to give veterans care they deserve Avoid political games with crucial VA reform bill House panel advances major VA reform bill MORE In Duluth, state Republicans picked Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson , the party’s 2014 nominee for governor.

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Farm bill fight centers on food stamp spending

A bill known for bringing together rural and urban lawmakers has led to a rift after the U.S. House sent its version of the farm bill to the Senate. The GOP-supported House bill separates SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as …

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Final Act In This Year’s Farm Bill Fight Offers Food Stamps Recipients Brief Reprieve

With an artificial deadline threatening to undermine their campaign to cut food stamps, House conservatives tried on Thursday to force Senate Democrats to push the cutoff date for a farm bill compromise to the end of January. The rationale behind the …

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Kyle Kashuv Endorses School Security Measures Proposed by US Senate Candidate Nick Freitas

Freitas, who is a father of three and who served two combat tours in the Middle East as a Green Beret, has been identifying school security needs and has been outlining solutions. He has also been implementing solutions for Virginia in the Virginia legislature.

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Bennett doubles-down, would not appoint Cindy McCain to Senate

That includes Bennett’s intent to deny Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, the GOP nomination for another term in that post by tapping into support from Republicans who are not fans of John McCain. “You look for where your potential votes are …

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Forever AUMF Stalls at Senate Foreign Relations Committee

“Those who will benefit most from a Forever State of War are currently pounding the Senate’s marble halls, perhaps even stalking members of the Committee as lobbyists from the MIC, AIPAC and other enthusiasts for war, will do whatever it takes to bring adoption of the AUMF to a favorable committee vote.” As the Forever AUMF 2018 continues to await action by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one can only imagine the extent of the behind-the-scene efforts underway to sway those few wavering Senators who may be reluctant to go down in American history as voting to eliminate Congress’ sole, inviolate Constitutional authority ‘to declare war’.

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The GOP’s fear factor

A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly defeated last week in the Senate. Even Paul admitted he thought the bill had no chance, but he told the Washington Post his …

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