BRAINERD, Minn.—In a five-way primary to decide the 8th Congressional District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nominee for November, Joe Radinovich always seemed to present the straightest line to election victory. Late Tuesday, Radinovich delivered on his promise and clinched a surprisingly effortless primary victory — one that lands him in a midterm showdown with another primary runaway winner, GOP nominee Pete Stauber of Hermantown.
DULUTH—When Tuesday's primary is all said and done, the tale of "How the 8th Congressional District DFL Was Won" is going to have its say about the role money plays in an election. A broad spectrum of candidates make up the five-person field of Democratic-Farmer-Laborers in the CD8 race — a mayor, part-time hotel clerk, retired newscaster and a pair of Iron Range-bred political veterans. Their levels of financial support have been as disparate as their backstories.
DULUTH—Vice President Mike Pence blew in and out of Duluth on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in less than four hours, promising while he was there to capitalize on an economy growing in chunks, he said, for the first time in 16 years. "It's going to happen," Pence said, talking about expansion into copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. "Take it to the bank." Pence spoke for 15 minutes inside Industrial Weldors & Machinists, a 66-year-old business and machine shop.
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—Giving oxygen to a two-week firestorm surrounding Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Minn., a group of a dozen or more activists marched into his downtown Duluth legislative office on Thursday, Aug. 2, calling for the congressman to both resign and drop off the Lori Swanson gubernatorial ticket as its lieutenant governor candidate. "I feel like he needs to be held accountable," said local community organizer Ashley Northey.
DULUTH—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., expressed regret and resolve Friday, July 27, in the face of a controversy which has some calling for him to resign. "Absolutely not," Nolan said when asked if he would step down. "I haven't done anything wrong for which I should."
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.
DULUTH—Three women sourced in an online expose this week detailing workplace sexual harassment in the Washington, D.C. legislative office of Rep. Rick Nolan reached out on Friday, July 20, to defend Joe Radinovich. Radinovich was Nolan's campaign manager at the time and is himself a Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District this election cycle. The women corroborated what Radinovich told said on Thursday — that he acted decisively to terminate senior aide Jim Swiderski upon learning about the alleged harassment.
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."