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."
DULUTH—Vice President Mike Pence will meet with employees at Industrial Weldors & Machinists in West Duluth for remarks to conclude Wednesday's four-hour visit to the city. "Amazing," said Randy Abernethy, IWM president and owner. "We didn't know this until a couple of days ago." Abernethy and GOP congressional candidate Pete Stauber will join Pence at IWM, a White House official said. IWM is a family-owned business started in 1952, located just off the 40th Avenue West exit from Interstate 35.
DULUTH — Chelsea Helmer stood before a roomful of election judges in July. The Duluth city clerk was set to deliver a mandatory two-hour training in council chambers. Most of those present had been through the process before — one veteran judge had even helped conduct 40 elections. But this was no rote run-through of rules in the lead-up to a status quo election season. There was something telling in Helmer's introduction. "You are the front lines of democracy," she said. "The service you do for the city of Duluth is critically important, so thank you."
DULUTH—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan was already scheduled to surrender his congressional seat at the end of the year. But a letter on Tuesday from a group of Duluth-based elected officials called for the 8th Congressional District representative to resign immediately in the wake of a workplace sexual harassment scandal first reported in an online expose last week.
ST. PAUL — Rep. Rick Nolan responded Thursday, July 19, to a bombshell report detailing how a longtime legislative staffer continued to be employed by Nolan's 2016 re-election campaign despite having been removed from the congressman's federal office following multiple credible allegations of workplace sexual harassment. "In hindsight," said Nolan, DFL-Minn., in a statement, "the (person) should not have been retained by the campaign committee."
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said Sen. Bernie Sanders enjoyed the view descending Thompson Hill into the city Friday. "Just as much as we do," she said. Arriving a short time later at Denfeld High School Auditorium, it was Sanders in full view. Pinwheeling across a 50-minute midterm rally speech, the Vermont senator and defacto leader of the progressive movement in the country found an audience eager to react and even chant his name. "It's not Bernie," he responded. "It is you."
DULUTH — Some campaigns in the 8th Congressional District began touting quarterly fundraising figures Friday, July 13, as both Democrat Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber released approximate numbers well into six figures. Stauber's campaign said it will be reporting more than $300,000 later this weekend, bringing Stauber's total to nearly $830,000 raised since the campaign launched a year ago this month in his hometown of Hermantown, Minn.