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Former Duluth News Personality Running for Congress

Michelle Lee Running for Rep. Rick Nolan's Seat

FROM FACEBOOKDULUTH, Minn.-Former Duluth news personality Michelle Lee has announced she’s running for the Eighth District congressional seat up for grabs. Her announcement comes just a week after Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) announced he will be retiring at the end of his term. Lee would be running as a Democrat. To find out more about her campaign, visit her website…

With Nolan Out, Radinovich Joins Race for 8th District

Rep. Rick Nolan Announced His Retirement Last Week

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Former Democratic state lawmaker Joe Radinovich is entering the race for Rep. Rick Nolan’s seat in Congress. Nolan announced last week he wouldn’t run for a fourth term representing Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. It was a sudden reversal, as the 74-year-old Democrat had turned down calls to run for governor and said he wanted to remain in Congress….

Lawsuits Loom Over Next Week’s Start of Legislative Session

Legislative Session Begins Next Week

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota’s legislative leaders are heading back to the Capitol soon and promise they’ve put months of contentious legal battles behind them. But it’s clear that lingering disputes could still snag a session already constrained by election-year politics when lawmakers return to St. Paul next week. Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s top Republicans and Democrats discussed the upcoming…

Former St. Paul Mayor Dropping Out of Governor’s Race

Still Crowded Field for Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Former Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is dropping out of the governor’s race on the democratic side. He had previously served as the mayor for St. Paul for 12 years. “For the past 15 months, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel to every area of Minnesota and meet with people from all different walks of life,” he…

New Candidate Comes Forward for Nolan’s Seat

Mayor of North Branch Running for Nolan's Seat

NORTH BRANCH, Minn.-North Branch Mayor Kirsten Kennedy has announced she’s running for Rep. Rick Nolan’s seat on the DFL side. She is in her second term as mayor for that city. She is a single mother of five children and has masters in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Kennedy was Nolan’s guest at the recent State…

Johnson, Walz Get Gubernatorial Boost From Caucus Voting

Caucuses Were Held Yesterday

MINNEAPOLIS-Minnesota Democrats and Republicans have chosen their favorites in the wide-open race for governor. Rep. Tim Walz was leading five fellow Democrats in a preference poll among voters conducted at Tuesday’s precinct caucuses as results still were being counted early Wednesday. And 2014 GOP nominee Jeff Johnson cruised to a commanding victory among Republicans with more than 45 percent of…

Two Harbors Native and Congressional Candidate Appears on Time Magazine Cover

The Issue of Magazine Will be Out Jan. 29

Copyright MeredithDULUTH, Minn.-Congressional candidate and Two Harbors-native Leah Phifer will be featured on the Time Magazine cover’s Jan. 29th issue. Multiple other women are also featured on the cover, all of whom are running for elected office for the first time. The cover story is titled “The Avengers” and marks the one year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington….

Fischbach Faces Lawsuit Over Senate, Lt. Gov. Roles

A Lawsuit Argues Fischbach Cannot be in Senate While Being Lieutenant Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota’s new Republican lieutenant governor is being sued for trying to keep her seat in the state Senate. Senate President Michelle Fischbach automatically became Gov. Mark Dayton’s second-in-command this month when Tina Smith resigned the job for a seat in the U.S. Senate. But Democrats vowed to sue Fischbach to force her out of the Senate. A constituent…

Minnesota AG’s Office Says GOP Senate Leader Can’t do Two Jobs

Issue Deals With Naming of New Lieutenant Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota attorney general’s office says Republican state Senate President Michelle Fischbach cannot legally keep her Senate seat when she becomes lieutenant governor. Solicitor General Alan Gilbert issued an opinion Thursday saying an 1898 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court that Republicans have pointed to is no longer valid. But Gilbert notes only a court can decide the…

Mediator Chosen in Dayton-Legislature Legal Fight

Status Report Wanted by Minnesota Supreme Court by Late Septmeber

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans have chosen a mediator to try to help them out of a constitutional battle. The two sides have been locked in a legal battle for months over Dayton’s decision to veto the Legislature’s budget after the session concluded in late May. The Minnesota Supreme Court didn’t make a definitive…

One Challenger Already for Sen. Klobuchar

State Rep. Newberger to Challenge Klobuchar

Jim NewbergerMINNEAPOLIS-State Rep. Jim Newberger is the first Republican to formally announce plans to take on Minnesota’s popular U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar. Should Newberger win his party’s endorsement at next year’s state convention, the task of beating Klobuchar is a tall one. The Democratic senator beat her last two Republican opponents by double digits. And, she’s already raised nearly $6…

Leak Concerns Causing Infighting in White House

White House Communications Director Sends Out Cryptic Tweet Last Night About Leaks

WASHINGTON-The president’s new communications director is doubling down on his complaints of leaks within the White House. Anthony Scaramucci tells CNN’s “New Day” that sometimes administration officials “leak things to reporters to help shape policy.” But he says he wants to stop what he calls “nefarious, unnecessary, backstabbing, palace intrigue-like leaks.” Scaramucci tweeted about leaks late Wednesday and mentioned the…

Sen. McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor After Clot Removed

Five-Year Survival Rate Placed on Type of Cancer Senator Has

WASHINGTON-Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor. The 80-year-old Arizona lawmaker has glioblastoma, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. That’s where McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday. He and his family are considering further treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. According to the American…

Lt. Gov. Smith Won’t Run for Governor in 2018

Opens Field up to Numerous Candidates

Courtesy of Minnesota Governor’s OfficeST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith says she will not run for governor in 2018. Smith has long been viewed as a top contender for in the gubernatorial given her visible perch as Gov. Mark Dayton’s second-in-command. Outside Republican political groups frequently singled out Smith while laying the groundwork for the 2018…