VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article Phil Hansen, who starred as a defensive lineman for North Dakota State University and played in three Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, is running as a Republican for the Minnesota Senate seat long-held by Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, who is retiring.
University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum has a conflict of interest that can't be resolved as long as he works for the state Senate Republican Caucus, the university's top lawyer said in a memo Wednesday. General Counsel Mark Rotenberg wrote that Sviggum has a "fundamental, systemic clash" between his duties as a regent and as chief spokesman for Senate Republicans.
Rep. David Dreier, a Republican, becomes the latest lawmaker to decide to retire after recast district boundaries in his home state left him with dimmed re-election prospects. In an era of deep division between the major parties, Dreier was respected on both sides of the political aisle for his knowledge of the granular points of lawmaking.
Donna Cassata and Michael R. Blood
, February 29, 2012
With centrists becoming few and far between, Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe cited the increasingly polarized climate of Washington in abandoning the U.S. Senate after three terms, giving Democrats new hope of winning the longtime GOP-held seat.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he’s pleased that TransCanada Corp. is moving forward to build a portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline and urged President Barack Obama to quickly approve a permit to complete the project.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.
Speaking to a suburban Detroit chamber of commerce, Santorum said the interpretation of the Constitution's freedom of religion provision has been "turned on its head," and offered his own. "I'm for separation of church and state: The state has no business telling the church what do to," the former Pennsylvania senator said.
Newt Gingrich said at a church north of Atlanta that Americans have faced a "50-year assault" by those trying to alienate people of faith. "The forces of the secular left believe passionately and deeply, and with frankly a religious fervor, in their world view and they will regard what I am saying as a horrifying assault on what they think is the truth," Gingrich said.
Michele Bachmann spent the summer and fall in Iowa, hoping to gain traction as a presidential candidate. While in the state to the south, the Iowa native’s favorite line seemed to be: “Everything I needed to know in life I learned in Iowa.” She told audience after audience, “I’m an Iowan,” and usually did not mention Minnesota. Such comments have been widely reported back in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, where she is seeking re-election after her presidential bid failed.
Eunice Davidson had given no mind to UND and its nickname until her grade-school son strapped on hockey skates many years ago and declared that his dream was to play one day for the Sioux. John Chaske saw his first UND Fighting Sioux hockey game in 2008. As a Spirit Lake elder, he was invited to participate in a tribal flag-raising ceremony at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Santorum to visit North Dakota later this week As Tacoma (Wash.) Occupy protesters changed and shouted during presidential contender Rick Santorum's visit, the Republican told hundreds of supporters that what "this radical element represents .... is true intolerance."
VIDEO: Bottom of article Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory. The former U.S. senator also won Missouri and Colorado contests.
VIDEO: Bottom of article An aggressive Mitt Romney repeatedly challenged Republican rival Newt Gingrich Thursday night in the final debate before next week's critical Florida primary, demanding an apology for an ad saying he harbors anti-immigrant sentiments and ridiculing the former House speaker's call to colonize the moon.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she meant no disrespect when she pointed a finger at President Barack Obama during an intense discussion on an airport tarmac. But the Republican governor says the Democratic president showed disrespect for her by abruptly ending their conversation.
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