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Area is fortunate to have Nolan

Posted: April 2, 2013 - 5:30pm

Area is fortunate

to have Nolan

Newly elected to his 8th Congressional District, Congressman Rick Nolan was in Baxter on Wednesday, March 27, to meet with constituents, including many from the DFL senior caucus.

He expressed concern that fundraising has increased dramatically in 35 years.

In 1978, Nolan’s campaign cost $270 and was in session 48 out of 52 weeks consisting of four- or five-day work weeks.

In 2012, his campaign cost $16 million and Congress was in session 32 out of 52 weeks, with most of those weeks being two-day work weeks. He feels that Congress should spend more time in session with a four- or five-day work week.

Rick has introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision that allows secret money from anonymous donors. He wants to restrict corporate power to buy elections with unlimited funds.

He emphasizes the need to upgrade the nation’s old and crumbling infrastructure, including bridges in need of repair.

Rick also discussed the cost of the Iraq war and lessons learned.

Rachel Maddow’s documentary “HUBRIS: The Inside Story Of Spin, Scandal, And Selling Of The Iraq War” by Michael Isikoff and David Korn was discussed.

We are fortunate to have Rick Nolan in Washington, D.C., working for us.

Bob Uppgaard,

Pequot Lakes

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