DULUTH — The major party candidates in the race for the 8th Congressional District met on Friday, Oct. 26, for a radio debate, and for nearly an hour it got as tempestuous between the candidates as any point to date. It was Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich arguing and needing to be corralled by moderator Mike Mulcahy of Minnesota Public Radio.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The major party candidates in the race for the open 8th Congressional District seat in northern Minnesota met in front of a crowd of roughly 400 people at Madden's Resort near Brainerd on Monday, Oct. 8. But it was the spectre of a third person, President Donald Trump, which loomed large in the debate. Republican Pete Stauber, the recipient of a Trump campaign visit to Duluth in June, credited the president for a robust economy and getting Iron Range miners back to work.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The Itasca County DFL based in Grand Rapids canceled a Keith Ellison campaign meet-and-greet this week amid safety concerns, the party told said Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party unit said Twitter appeals by an alt-right activist to protest the event, scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
DULUTH—A U.S. House candidate is applying legal pressure to try to stop the airing of what his campaign calls a "false and misleading" special-interest television advertisement. The ad created waves in the race for Congress in the 8th District this week by revealing Democrat Joe Radinovich had a minor drug-related charge on his record. A lawyer for the Radinovich campaign sent eight two-page letters to television stations broadcasting the Congressional Leadership Fund advertisement, which is titled "Fast times" and outlines a history of what it describes as "crimes."
DULUTH, Minn. — First parking tickets, now voters in the 8th Congressional District in northeast Minnesota have an email controversy to consider. Republican candidate Pete Stauber used a government email address to communicate with a major party group in Washington, D.C., a Star Tribune report alleged Thursday. The newspaper gained information from a public records request and found Stauber was involved in correspondence across 15 emails with the National Republican Congressional Committee.
DULUTH—When Tuesday's primary is all said and done, the tale of "How the 8th Congressional District DFL Was Won" is going to have its say about the role money plays in an election. A broad spectrum of candidates make up the five-person field of Democratic-Farmer-Laborers in the CD8 race — a mayor, part-time hotel clerk, retired newscaster and a pair of Iron Range-bred political veterans. Their levels of financial support have been as disparate as their backstories.
DULUTH—The newest fundraising tallies in the 8th Congressional District showed Pete Stauber leading the money equation, but Democrats seemed to find a collective footing in their bid to hold onto the open seat. The GOP-endorsed Stauber enjoyed his best quarter in a year of campaigning with nearly $305,000 raised, according to figures filed before Sunday's deadline with the Federal Election Commission.
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said Sen. Bernie Sanders enjoyed the view descending Thompson Hill into the city Friday. "Just as much as we do," she said. Arriving a short time later at Denfeld High School Auditorium, it was Sanders in full view. Pinwheeling across a 50-minute midterm rally speech, the Vermont senator and defacto leader of the progressive movement in the country found an audience eager to react and even chant his name. "It's not Bernie," he responded. "It is you."
DULUTH—Sometime after announcing his retirement from Congress last February, Rep. Rick Nolan called a handful of Democratic-Farmer-Labor hopefuls in the 8th Congressional District to encourage them as would-be replacements. By the end of candidate filing on Tuesday, those calls materialized into a wide-open DFL primary race. One of the Nolan calls went to his former campaign manager, Joe Radinovich, who filed for his chance at Nolan's now open seat on deadline day to file to run for state or federal office.
DULUTH, Minn.—Try as they might to turn the topical dial to health care, spending or immigration in the open race for the 8th Congressional District seat, the candidates' views on mining have dominated the early part of the November midterm election cycle. Shaping the discussion are their thoughts on precious metals mining in the Lake Superior basin. "Mining equals economy and economy equals a good job and a good job equals a family," Republican Pete Stauber said in a mining-rich speech prior to receiving his party's endorsement in Park Rapids earlier this month.