The fight to disclose Pete Stauber's emails could be headed to court. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said it served St. Louis County with a lawsuit Tuesday, requesting the contents of county email correspondence between Stauber and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Stauber, a county commissioner, is the Republican candidate running in the 8th Congressional District race against Democrat Joe Radinovich and Independence Party candidate Ray "Skip" Sandman.
The major party candidates in the 8th Congressional District race debated for a half-hour on Twin Cities television on Sunday. Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich sat side-by-side across from reporter/moderator Tom Hauser during the KSTP-TV debate. The candidates' proximity shoulder-to-shoulder seemed partly responsible for bringing out the feistiest debate in the race to date.
A one-of-a-kind series of candidate forums dedicated to infrastructure and transportation makes its way to Duluth on Thursday. The forums are sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, a 125-year-old advocacy group based in St. Paul. It features member transportation agencies from across the state. Its forums are designed to bring transportation issues to the forefront — and keep them there so the candidates are presented with the weight of the issue. Previous forums this election cycle have been in Mankato, Willmar, St. Cloud, Rochester and Burnsville.
Consider for a moment the possibilities that a majority of people in the 8th Congressional District 1) don't approve of government-run health care, and 2) support the policies of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. For some, these might be hard claims to reconcile and they might agitate against the information, or at least vote the other way. Others might wholeheartedly agree and say so at polls Nov. 6.
Despite the St. Louis County Board voting overwhelmingly to quell the matter earlier this month, a pair of commissioners on Friday called for Pete Stauber to release the contents of campaign correspondence found in his county email account. Frank Jewell joined Tom Rukavina in calling for Stauber, the Republican candidate in the 8th Congressional District race, to spare the county further and release his emails with the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Despite a state opinion suggesting otherwise, St. Louis County said Wednesday it will not release the contents of campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account. Citing state statute, the county denied on Wednesday a new round of public records requests asking to see the Stauber email correspondence with the National Republican Congressional Committee, a large Washington, D.C.-based political action group. The county continues to argue that the correspondence is between Stauber and an individual.
The second-to-last money check in the national election cycle found Democrat Joe Radinovich outpacing Republican Pete Stauber by more than $665,000 in the most recent quarter of what has been a hotly contested 8th Congressional District race. With candidates due to file with the Federal Election Commission by 11:59 p.m. Monday, the Radinovich campaign was reporting more than $1.21 million for the quarter from July through September. The Stauber campaign told the News Tribune on Monday it will be filing nearly $548,000 in campaign donations for the same period.
Sometime a couple years ago, Paul Kellner and his family noticed they'd lost a canoe to either thieves or Lake Superior. Sometime during Wednesday's storm, the canoe returned to Kellner's Park Point lakeside beachfront. One of Paul and Deb's two teenage sons came bounding into the house amid the gales to pronounce, "Dad, the canoe's back!" "It's the weirdest thing," Kellner said on Thursday, laid up in his living room overlooking a chocolate Lake Superior still rolling with waves on Thursday.
Joe Radinovich pulled in outside party muscle to help conduct a large-group discussion Wednesday on 8th Congressional District campaign topics at the Duluth Labor Temple. Radinovich, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate, appeared alongside Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., who represents the district in and around Madison. Pocan forecast the first bill in a post-election Congress come January. The bill would address campaign finance reform, ethics and good government, lowering pharmaceutical drug prices and more, he told the crowd of three dozen union officers and members.
At a time when political discourse is so polarizing some people avoid it, Duluth City Councilor Noah Hobbs has turned to social media, of all places, to get back to old-fashioned, face-to-face interactions. Using short sign-up surveys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Hobbs is arranging 100 cups of coffee with constituents across the city. "So far there's been only one person I was somewhat familiar with," he said. "I've had 14 cups with people that have been total strangers to me." It made sense right away to ask Hobbs, why 100 cups?