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.
DULUTH — 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 dispute the information, or at least vote the other way. Others might wholeheartedly agree and say so at polls Nov. 6.
DULUTH — Despite a state opinion suggesting otherwise, St. Louis County said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 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 Stauber's 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.
DULUTH — 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, Oct. 11, laid up in his living room overlooking a chocolate Lake Superior still rolling with waves.
DULUTH —His materials from a brush with history were splayed out on a kitchen table, Duluth's Pat Shaw singled out a group photo filled with his fellow photographers — some from the Navy and others from media outlets, such as National Geographic and the Associated Press. The capsule from the historic moon landing, Apollo 11, is prominent in the background with its shield of gold foil battered but gleaming. "The test I always have is, 'Find me,'" Shaw said.
DULUTH — The first of at least four debates in the race for Congress in the 8th District landed in Duluth on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and when it was over Democrat Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber met offstage for a photo opportunity. They held a poster espousing civility in public discourse. They never came too close to being otherwise during what was a welcome forum — one that left behind scandal early and zeroed in hard on the issues, most notably health care and the proposed expansion into copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota.
DULUTH—If you're a voter growing weary of campaign commercials, political mailers and suspect polls, here's an alarming truth: You haven't seen anything yet. The August primary election brought mailers galore and gave way to a September that has seen special interest groups stirring up controversies. That was just the appetizer.
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—The Duluth Police Department canceled a community forum centered on the use of force by law enforcement agencies that was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14. The cancelation came Thursday in response to an early morning call from the Duluth branch of the NAACP asking the department to postpone the event.
DULUTH — Democrat Joe Radinovich confronted claims from a special interest advertisement Wednesday, Sept. 12, by admitting to a long-dismissed drug paraphernalia charge. "When Joe was a teenager he received a marijuana-related citation," said campaign manager Meredith Raimondi. "He cooperated and took responsibility for his actions, and the officials in the case saw fit to dismiss the charges."