Video Replay: Rep. Angie Craig’s First Town Hall

Congresswoman Angie Craig holds her first town hall since being sworn into office a few weeks ago. She’s asked about the shutdown, immigration, health care and other hot button issues.

New Farm Bill Signed Into Law; Hungry Americans Remain

Hunger-fighting groups applaud the new 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump, for not including more work requirements in order for adults to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Farmers Group Ramps Up Advertising Campaign Against Tariffs

China recently announced additional terrifies on U.S. imports, on the same day Farmers for Free Trade said it’s stepping up its campaign to encourage farmers to let President Donald Trump know that tariffs are hurting the agriculture industry. Farmers for Free Trade will spend $800,000 on radio, print, online and television ads across the heartland, including in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, South Dakota and other states. The bipartisan association’s Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign also will include town hall events in various states. Matt McAlvanah, policy analyst with Farmers for Free Trade, said the group is at the Minnesota Farmfest this week to collect stories from farmers that will appear in the advertising campaign. “Because right now there’s just this wave of anecdotes of pain, job loss and plummeting prices,” McAlvanah said.

Light Rail Shutdown To Protest Deportations

18 people were arrested after blocking a light rail line to protest deportations. The action is part of the national “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival”

Thousands of MN Students Protest Gun Violence

Tens of thousands of Minnesota students participated in rallies both at home and in Washington, D.C. The “March For Our Lives” movement stretched nationwide in response to escalating gun violence across the country.

MN Anti-Sexual-Harassment Legislation Fails

A bill aimed directly at combating sexual harassment in the Minnesota Legislature won’t be coming up for a vote this session. A subcommittee on workplace safety and respect still plans to meet next week to discuss Minnesota Statehouse sexual harassment policies.

The Minnesota Department of Health says about 580,000 people in the state are smokers, a rate of 14.4 percent.

Proposal Would Raise MN Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

A bipartisan measure that would raise Minnesota’s statewide minimum tobacco-purchase age to 21 is moving through the Statehouse. The bill would make Minnesota the sixth state in the country to pass such a measure.

Minnesotans Defend Unions Before Crucial Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case with high stakes for unions. Janus vs. AFSCME will decide whether public-sector unions can continue to deduct fees for non-members who benefit from representation.