Minnesota

New DNC Chairman Tom Perez Calls Donald Trump a Fraud
President claims election was ‘rigged’

Former Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez became the Democratic National Committee’s new chairman Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez didn’t waste any time taking on President Donald Trump in very blunt terms, describing him as a fraud on Sunday.

“Literally hours into the Trump Administration, he was a fraud,” the former Obama Administration labor secretary said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Town Hall Mostly Civil, Emmer Doesn’t Have to Leave
Chief of staff had said congressman would leave if crowd got unruly

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., had a civil discussion at his town hall after threatening to leave if it got too raucous. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After initially threatening to cancel a town hall if it got too rowdy, Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer saw a mostly civil back and forth with constituents.

Emmer apologized for holding the event at the Sartell City Hall, which held 150 people and left many of the hundreds of people who were in line outside, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Trump’s Plan Needs Mechanism to Steer Money to Infrastructure

U.S. Highway 14 in Minnesota. (Doug Kerr/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Congressional Republicans have been reluctant to comment on — or even work on — legislation to deliver on President Donald Trump’s pledge to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure over 10 years. 

Lawmakers say they’re waiting for the administration to provide details of a proposal that has raised more questions than it answered. Among the questions is how Trump would entice investors to put more than $150 billion in equity into infrastructure projects.

Emmer Promises to Leave Town Hall if it Gets Rowdy
This is why we can’t have nice things

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said he’ll leave his town hall on Wednesday if things get too rowdy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., warned that he will leave a town hall event on Wednesday if it gets too raucous.

According to the Star Tribune, Emmer made the warning in light of a recent outburst of protesters at town hall events for other Republican members of Congress, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Ellison Gets Unlikely Boost From Trump in DNC Chairman Race
President touts Minnesota Democrat as soothsayer

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison could become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected — and potentially unwelcome — source Wednesday morning in his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee: Donald Trump.

With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news talk shows, felt the need to weigh in. He did so in a tweet pointing out that Ellison predicted Trump would become the 45th chief executive.

House Democrats Look Beyond DNC Chairman Race
They have no say in the election but hold high hopes for the winner

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is the only member of Congress running for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional Democrats have little sway over who the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee will be. But the eventual winner — to be elected by DNC members this weekend in Atlanta — may play an important role in shaping the direction of a party that desperately needs help articulating its message and organizing ahead of the 2018 midterms.

“Right about now, they do nothing with the Congress. So anything would be an improvement,” Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, a former DNC member, said of the committee last week, outside the House chamber. 

Amid Liberal Protests, More Democrats Holding Town Halls This Presidents Day Recess
Republicans have held more than Democrats in recent years

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden plans to hold nine town hall meetings during the Presidents Day recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated on Feb. 21, 5:18 p.m. | Despite increased reports of liberal demonstrators disrupting Republican town halls, more lawmakers than usual are planning to meet with their constituents, including Republicans, according to CQ Roll Call data.

Democrats, especially, seem happier than usual to open themselves up this year.

DCCC Announces Vice Chairmen
Party hopes members will help make inroads to majority

California Rep. Ted Lieu is one of five new regional vice chairmen at the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday announced the election of its five new regional vice chairmen, completing a months-long process of the House Democrats’ expansion of their leadership circle to include more perspectives after the 2016 election disappointment.

Some Democrats have pointed to the DCCC as one of the reasons the party’s messaging last year failed to win them as many House seats as they had been projecting. They’ve said the campaign arm did not do enough to reach voters in middle America, particularly Rust Belt areas where jobs are a primary concern. 

Activists Send Out Draft-Nolan for Minnesota Governor Letters
More than 1,000 get letters urging them to push congressman to run

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., is seeing numerous Democratic-Farm-Labor activists calling on him to run for Governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A letter calling on Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., to run for governor next year is being circulated to more than 1,000 members of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

The letter, signed by DFL activists, lawmakers and lobbyists, warns that Minnesota could become like Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Republicans Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
NRCC announces initial round of Patriot Program

Minnesota freshman Rep. Jason Lewis is part of the NRCC’s initial Patriot Program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named 10 members to its Patriot Program for incumbents who are expected to face tough re-election races in 2018.

“Our Patriots are a group of battle-tested members who won hard-fought races in 2016 and are ready to win once again,” Rep. Steve Stivers, the NRCC chairman, said in a statement Wednesday.