BRAINERD, Minn.—The new and the time-tested may clash among Republican candidates for Minnesota's hotly disputed 8th Congressional District in 2018. Pete Stauber declared his candidacy in July. The Duluth Police lieutenant also served as a St. Louis County, Minn., commissioner for two terms. He helped introduce then-candidate Mike Pence during a Duluth rally in the 2016 presidential election.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature recently introduced a "Stand Your Ground" bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally kill someone in self-defense. Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, introduced Senate File 292 in the Senate, but the original is a House of Representatives bill authored by Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, House File 238. Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, is one of the sponsors of the House version.
In the shadow of a state decision Thursday to study alternative routes for the proposed $2.6 billion Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, politicians weighed in on whether to wait for new and different pathways through Minnesota or go ahead with Enbridge Energy's original proposed plan. Enbridge, a Calgary-based energy company, has said studying alternative routes could delay the project by at least three years, and building on a different route could mean as much as $455 million in additional costs. One of the biggest political skirmishes over the line so far has been between U.S.