STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Minnesota not in lock step behind Obama gun plan
By Don Davis
President Barack Obama will tell select Minnesotans on Monday about his plan to reduce gun violence by increasing gun-buyer background checks, outlawing assault weapons and high-capacity... Posted on 2/4/13 at 11:19 AM
North Dakota and Minnesota’s congressional delegations offered mixed reactions Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s call for sweeping changes to address gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting a month ago, but all agreed it’s time for a comprehensive look at the issue.
America’s agriculture industry needs to be patient. Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report said Tuesday that an overall budget-debt deal needs to happen before Congress can pass new federal farm policy.
When U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson stopped to chat with a Concordia College student Tuesday, he thought he was posing for a picture. Instead, he was surreptitiously recorded on video saying a Minnesota-based anti-abortion group that pulled its support for him this year is “extremist.”
Without a new farm bill, planned food stamp cuts won’t take effect. Plus, absent a new farm bill, federal law requires crop price supports to default to those in the 1949 farm bill – much higher than today for commodities such as milk and wheat, said Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
Minnesota congressman says U.S. sugar program likely to be continued Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Wednesday that he is optimistic the U.S. sugar program will be continued in the next farm bill, but he said he is unsure when — or if — a proposed $1.78 billion Red River diversion to protect Fargo and Moorhead during flooding can be built given the current “fiscal environment.”
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