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In the closing moments of an 8th Congressional District debate, Oct. 8, at Madden's Resort, one of the candidates touched upon tragedy—his mother, killed in a violent murder-suicide by a relative; another close family member, struggling in a hospital after a suicide attempt.
The office of Minnesota attorney general is often seen as an independent arbiter—the state's top lawyer, working at the behest of its people's interests and their interests alone, above the rigermarole of partisan politics. That's how Republican candidate Doug Wardlow sees it and it's an interpretation of the role that stands in stark contrast to DFL nominee Rep. Keith Ellison's politicized, activist conception of the office. Wardlow spoke on his campaign during a phone interview with the Dispatch Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Ironically, it wasn't even an issue on the dockett. At about the midpoint of the 8th Congressional District debate at Madden's Resort Monday, Oct. 8, Democratic candidate Joe Radinovich and GOP candidate Pete Stauber were discussing education—particularly, special education and the government's legal obligation to fund it.
EAST GULL LAKE—As far as political debates go, Round 2 of the 8th Congressional District race had fireworks before the first question was even posed to candidates. All eyes were on Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich and how they would present themselves as candidates—but, if you asked some members of the audience packed into Madden's Town Hall Conference Center, Monday, Oct. 8, they'd say the debate was a sham because there were only eyes for Radinovich and Stauber and no one else.
Clock's ticking down to Election Day. With five weeks left before the big vote on Nov. 6, candidates are hashing out their differences in a series of televised debates. Vying for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10B candidates talked health care, green energy, protecting the elderly and more during a televised debate, Friday, Oct. 5, on Lakeland PBS.
It's time to put faces and policies to the name on the ballot. With five weeks to go until Election Day, residents of the Brainerd lakes area saw their candidates make their case before a televised audience. Vying for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10A candidates talked abortion rights, legalizing cannabis, maintaining environmental health for area water bodies and more during a televised debate, Friday, Oct. 5 on Lakeland PBS.
BAXTER—The Minnesota Republicans are setting up shop in Baxter for the coming election, making camp—so to speak—in a county that's been dependably red for several years. Prominent conservative politicos—including Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, state Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, and 8th District candidate Pete Stauber—converged on the new office at 14039 Edgewood Drive (just a door down from Boomer's Pizza) to kick off the final five weeks of the 2018 midterm elections. Election day is Nov. 6.
The U.S. Constitution is a rigid, virtually unyielding document by design—amended only 27 times in its run as the oldest codified set of supreme laws still active in the world. As such, it's not surprising that the Constitution—more specifically, the First Amendment and its protections for free speech—sits front and center in ongoing debates regarding the pre-eminence of social media and its potential to shape the public discourse on everything from crocs to Christina Aguilera to Crimea.
BAXTER—With frigid temperatures, glare ice and towering snow drifts only a couple calendar flips away, perhaps it's appropriate to ponder the frozen tundras of Antarctica. Then again, it gets lower than 100 degrees below zero (without wind chill factored in) around the South Pole, so may it's also a chance for central Minnesotans to count their blessings, even if winter can still be a nasty old beast up here.
LITTLE FALLS—Fishing was the subject—though, this time around, it's about reeling in people, not fish, for the sake of the Minnesota's preeminent outdoor sport. Local politicians—including state Sen. Paul Gazelka, state Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede and others—gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Minnesota Fishing Museum in Little Falls to meet with museum backers to discuss potential state funding and support for the institution going forward.