Nolan heads to a bitterly divided Capitol
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., returns to Washington this week for freshman orientation sessions. Nolan will arrive with some instant seniority after serving three consecutive terms in the U.S. House from 1975 to 1981. However, Jessica Taylor, who follows Congress for the Rothenberg Political Report, told MPR "He's going to be dealing with a more polarized Congress."
Nolan hits Cravaack on New Hampshire move; Cravaack loses ground in new poll
DFL challenger Rick Nolan has moved ahead of freshman Republican Chip Cravaack 50 percent to 43 percent, according to a new Star Tribune poll of likely voters in the Eighth Congressional District. Previous polls showed the race was a tossup.
Georgia-Pacific plant closes in Duluth; Nolan campaign reacts
The closure of the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth Friday afternoon leaves141 people out of work -- and campaigners for 8th Congressional District challenger Rick Nolan saying that Rep. Chip Cravaack didn't do enough to stop it.
Outside groups flood Cravaack-Nolan race with cash
Minnesota’s 8th District race between incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan is among the nation's closes House races. It's also among the most expensive – No. 6 on a list of races ranked by spending by outside groups. About $5.6 million has been dumped in the race as of Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Cravaack, Nolan clash in next-to-last debate of contentious campaign
Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and Democratic challenger Rick Nolan discussed mining regulations, health care, business growth, and the national debt at their debate in Cambridge. Not surprisingly, they found little common ground. The campaign is among the closest and most expensive House races in the country.
Bachmann raises $4.5M in third quarter
Fundraising powerhouse Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., hauled in $4.5 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 – and it could prove to be the biggest total of anyone in Congress, the Star Tribune reports. Her DFL opponent Jim Graves plans to announce his total on Monday. In the Eighth District, DFL challenger Rick Nolan announced he had raised more than Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., but Nolan has less on hand for the final weeks.
Polls: 8th District race dead heat; Cravaack has good fundraising quarter
In one of the nation's closest congressional races, Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., has released his third-quarter fundraising numbers ahead of next week's filing deadine: $471,000, the most he has netted in a single quarter. Money is pouring into the race from outside the state.
Cravaack, Nolan trade jabs at first debate
DFL challenger Rick Nolan in a Duluth debate Tuesday called first-term incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., a "big spender" on defense who has neglected domestic issues including transportation, the Star Tribune reports. Cravaack advocated lower taxes and fewer regulations to create jobs, and he said Nolan is symbolic of an "antiquated" style of big government.
Cravaack unveils first TV ad
There are now dueling get-to-know-you ads in the 8th District congressional race between Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., and DFL challenger Rick Nolan. In his newly released spot, Cravaack focuses on how he reached his goal of becoming a Naval aviator like his father – and how he is now a father who wants to help his children achieve their dreams.
Cravaack slams new federal air pollution rules
U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack says new emissions standards enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency are a threat to Minnesota's mining industry. The rules are aimed at reducing the haze over northeastern Minnesota. Cravaack calls them an assault on jobs and says the federal government should let the state enforce pollution rules.
Bachmann, Cravaack, Franken release financial information
Financial disclosures released by Minnesota's members of Congress show Republican U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, as well as Democratic Sen. Al Franken, are all worth more than $1 million. The trio is not alone: A 2011 study by a Washington, D.C.-based research group found nearly half the members of Congress are millionaires.
Sparse turnout expected in Tuesday's primary election
Minnesota voters will set the stage for an array of political races when they cast their ballot on Tuesday. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told the Red Wing Republican Eagle that primary turnout will be low, despite the closely watched primaries in the 1st and 8th Congressional Districts.
Cravaack, White House bicker over arming pilots
U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., is in a showdown with the Obama administration over potential cuts to a program that arms airline pilots as the last line of defense against hijackers. Cravaack, a former pistol-packing pilot, objects to proposed cuts to the Transportation Security Administration program.
Cravaack race seen as litmus test for Tea Party influence
Minnesota's Chip Cravaack and Wisconsin's Sean Duffy became symbols of Tea Party influence two years ago by winning Congressional seats in districts that Democrats had help for decades. As the Tea Party tries to solidify its place in Republican politics, many eyes are watching to see if those surprise winners of 2010 can hold onto their seats in Washington.
Cravaack joins call to roll back federal ethanol requirement during drought
Federal law requires that gasoline be blended with ethanol or other biofuels. About 40 percent of the nation's corn now goes toward ethanol production. But in a year when dry weather will mean less corn and higher prices, Minnesota's Chip Cravaack is among Congressmen urging that more of the crop be used as food.
Bill Clinton endorses Tarryl Clark
Democrat Tarryl Clark is one of three DFL candidates looking to unseat GOP Congressman Chip Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District this fall. Former President Clinton wrote in a statement, "Tarryl's focus for almost 25 years has been improving Minnesota. I am confident she will bring the common sense solutions we need to Washington." Clark faces former Rep. Rick Nolan and former Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson in the Aug. 14 primary. Nolan is the DFL endorsed candidate.
Minnesota politicians release campaign finance reports
Several Minnesota politicians released their campaign finance reports Friday, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has $5.5 million cash on hand for her re-election bid this November.
House votes to shorten timeframe for review of mining projects
Minnesota Congressman Chip Cravaack inserted a provision that would have the shorter timeframe apply to mining projects already in the works, such as the copper mine proposed near Hoyt Lakes. The bill limits the permitting process to 30 months, which will reduce time for public input and legal challenges.
How much are Minnesota's lawmakers worth?
Only six of Minnesota's lawmakers in Congress got their personal financial disclosure forms in on Thursday, when the documents were due. Of those, Sen. Amy Klobuchar appears to be the wealthiest. Among those who requested extensions for their filings until August: Sen. Al Franken and Reps. Collin Peterson, Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack.
Cravaack tells TSA ground security is weak link at airports
At a Congressional hearing, Minnesota Republican Chip Cravaack told a Transportation Security Administration official that ground security around airport gates is "a joke." Cravaack, a former airline pilot, predicted the next terrorist attack in the U.S. will come from the shadow of an airplane.