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Our View: Ellison proving too political

Rather, joining with Democrats from other states, Ellison has won two injunctions and filed three other lawsuits against the Trump administration, according to a memo his office prepared for the News Tribune Editorial Board. The legal actions — related to reproductive rights, Trump's push for a border wall, and other issues — were listed at the top of a three-page detailing of "accomplishments" during Ellison's first 65 days in office. Separating politics from the work he was elected to do certainly does seem to be the challenge many suspected it would be for Ellison. "I've said this to you, and only time will be able to show that I really mean this, I didn't leave a safe seat in Congress just to fight with the Trump administration. But I didn't leave Congress to come here to fight with Trump," Ellison told editorial board members late last week. But ... if it was a Democrat (as) president, I'd do the same things. I'd go after him, too," Ellison also said. Neither was the suit in resistance to Trump's push for a border wall: "I didn't really want to (join that suit), but we need our money for the National Guard, drug interdiction, and military construction. Nobody gets to do politics on my official office. And nobody will ever feel political pressure to help me get re-elected.
Tucker talks to Keith Ellison's accuser

Tucker talks to Keith Ellison’s accuser

Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan accuses the Democratic leader of emotional and physical abuse. She speaks out on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political…
GOP candidate slams Democrats' probe of Keith Ellison

GOP candidate slams Democrats’ probe of Keith Ellison

The Democratic Party has finally finished its investigation of DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison; reaction from Republican Minnesota Senate nominee Karin Housley on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking…

As Ellison departs Congress, Omar chases another first

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — In a coffee shop at the edge of a working-class Minneapolis suburb, not far from the high school Ilhan Omar attended in the years after she immigrated to the U.S., some two dozen people crowded around a table to hear her make the case for sending her to Congress. "There is a clear and dangerous crossroads to where our country finds itself," Omar told the group. "You can see the politics of fear and scarcity that's led us to the current administration we have." Though the Minnesota race has no incumbent, Omar is hoping to harness the energy that Ocasio-Cortez tapped to defeat five other candidates in the Aug. 14 primary, including the state's first Latina lawmaker, state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a former state House speaker who spent a decade as a powerbroker in Minnesota politics. Omar broke into elected office by unseating a 22-term Democratic incumbent in 2016 while en route to becoming the nation's first Somali-American state lawmaker. Torres Ray, who emigrated from Colombia more than 30 years ago, says she's also well-suited to stand up to the president's policies, pointing to her tenure in state Senate and experience on immigration issues. The Minneapolis area has been trending more liberal since long before Trump, said Brian Melendez, a former chairman of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Like many other Democratic primaries around the country, the race for Ellison's House seat is testing what kind of political experience matters most for Democratic voters who hope to rein in the Trump administration, which has emerged as the central focus in the race. Devan Steward, 25, said he supports Omar but worries about her limited experience. She discounted any parallel between her congressional race and Ocasio-Cortez's victory in New York over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in an interview afterward.
Tapper's question upsets congressman: "That's not true!"

Tapper’s question upsets congressman: “That’s not true!”

CNN's Jake Tapper asks Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for his reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on President Trump's travel ban and his past ties to Louis Farrakhan.
Keith Ellison: Court tailored to Trump's ugly philosophy

Keith Ellison: Court tailored to Trump’s ugly philosophy

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, reacts to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban, saying Trump has "his Supreme Court tailor-made to his ugly philosophy."

Hot Dish politics: DFL to meet Sunday to sort out endorsement for Ellison’s seat

The endorsement is functionally a symbolic gesture, since all five candidates will appear on the Aug. 14 primary ballot no matter what happens. But official party backing still confers some status in the heavily Democratic Fifth District, which includes all of Minneapolis as well as St. Louis Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and other nearby suburbs. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has represented the district since 2003 but decided this month to run for state attorney general. That set off a scramble among would-be successors, including three with some experience at the State Capitol: former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, state Rep. Ilhan Omar and state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, all of Minneapolis. The other two candidates filed to run as DFLers are Jamal Abdulahi of Minneapolis, president of a health care information startup and the founder of the DFL Somali-American Caucus, and Frank Nelson Drake of Edina, a Realtor who was the Republican candidate against Ellison in 2016. There are three candidates in the Republican primary: Jennifer Zielinski, an Allina Health employee who got the party endorsement; Christopher Chamberlin, a St. Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association, served six terms in the state House from 1999 to 2010, including two as speaker. She was the DFL-endorsed candidate for governor in 2010 but lost the primary to Mark Dayton. Though a relative newcomer to state politics, she's had national media attention for her story of coming to the U.S. as a refugee and becoming the first Somali-American to serve in any state legislature. Torres Ray, the first Latina to serve in the Minnesota Senate, was first elected in 2006.

Filing deadline drama: Ellison, Omar moves scramble Minnesota politics

The first big political shake-up happened around noon when DFL U.S. House Rep. Keith Ellison came to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office to file for Minnesota attorney general, throwing a wild card into that race and opening the floodgates to candidates for Ellison's 5th District congressional seat. A few hours after Ellison's filing, state Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, signed up to replace him. Candidates had until 5 p.m. to file. "There's things you don't control, who files and who doesn't file," DFL Party chair Ken Martin said early Tuesday as the intrigue rose. He said he would not endorse any candidate running for his congressional seat. Busy couple of days for the hardworking @MNSecofState staff #mn2018 — Brian Bakst (@Stowydad) June 5, 2018 Outside of the attorney general and governor's races,other filings of interest included Joe Radinovich, a former DFL state representative running for the 8th District congressional seat in what will be a closely watched Democratic primary. "I set out to win this race, and I've got my eye on that prize," said Murphy, who right now is facing Swanson and U.S. House Rep. Tim Walz in the Aug. 14 DFL primary. "I've learned over and over again, from my very first race, that competition makes me better and I will be a stronger candidate winning the primary because others are in this race." Some of those who filed on Tuesday Governor • State Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL • Ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty Republican Attorney general • U.S. House Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL • Ex-Attorney General Mike Hatch, DFL • State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL • Ex-state Sen. Bob Lessard, GOP • Ex-Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, DFL 5th Congressional District • Jamal Abdulahi, DFL • Bob "Again" Carney, Jr., GOP • State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL • Frank Drake, DFL, ran against Ellison as a Republican in 2016 • Kim Ellison, ex-wife of Keith Ellison, DFL • Ex-Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, DFL • Ex-Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL • State Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL • Ex-state Sen. Julie Sabo, DFL • State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, DFL 8th Congressional District • Ex-state Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL • Pete Stauber, GOP • Harry Robb Welty, GOP • Kirsten Kennedy, DFL • Michelle D. Lee, DFL • Jason Metsa, DFL • Soren Christian Sorensen, DFL Rep. Ilan Omar's Minnesota House seat • Minneapolis School Board member Mohamud Noor, DFL • Peter Wagenius, DFL • Joseph Patiño, GOP • Fadumo Taani, GOP • Mohammadkheir (Mo) Gaba, DFL • Angelo Jaramillo, DFL • Cordelia Pierson, DFL • Joshua Preston, DFL • Haaris Pasha, DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom's Minnesota House seat • Robert Marvin, GOP • Samantha Vang, DFL • Cindy Yang, DFL • Alexander Koenig, DFL

Keith Ellison poised to leave Congress after filing to run for Minnesota attorney general

The first Muslim elected to Congress is poised to leave it, after filing to run for attorney general in Minnesota. The Democratic party is in a murky mess | Ross Barkan Read more Keith Ellison is also vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a post he will probably have to leave. Ellison filed the papers to run in Minnesota on Tuesday, hours ahead of a deadline. He is in his sixth term representing a reliably Democratic Minneapolis-area seat. But he was lured into the attorney general race after the incumbent, Lori Swanson, jumped into the governor’s race on Monday. Ellison said attorneys general led the fight against Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He wanted to be part of that fight, he said. In a leadership election in February 2017 Ellison, from the progressive wing of the party and a sometime Guardian contributor, lost to Tom Perez, the first Latino to lead the Democrats.