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, Minn. — First parking tickets, now voters in the 8th Congressional District in northeast Minnesota have an email controversy to consider. Republican candidate Pete Stauber used a government email address to communicate with a major party group in Washington, D.C., a Star Tribune report alleged Thursday. The newspaper gained information from a public records request and found Stauber was involved in correspondence across 15 emails with the National Republican Congressional Committee.
DULUTH, Minn.—Dogged by a 15-year history of parking tickets mixed with a smattering of moving violations, Joe Radinovich attempted to put to bed a ticket-gate controversy on Thursday, Aug. 23. Radinovich's comments came roughly one week after an outside super-PAC, or political action group, made an issue out of his roughly 30 infractions as an adult driver, mostly parking tickets. "I reject that they're a character issue," said Radinovich, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate in the race for the open seat in the 8th Congressional District.
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.