DFL Congressional Endorsement Contest CD08

Right now, the fight for the DFL endorsement in CD08 is a two-person contest with two other variables. It is a face-off between former FBI Agent Leah Phifer (DFL) and former Rep Joe Radinovich (DFL-Crosby). The other two factors are Rep Jason Metsa (DFL-6B, Virginia)...

Effects of Tariffs Cut Both Ways in Minnesota

When Donald J Trump (R) announced the imposition of a 25% tariff on nation states exporting steel and aluminum the benefit to the Iron Range was immediate. Granted, residents of the 8th Congressional District voted for Trump 53.76% compared to 38.27% for Hillary...

Minnesota Connection to Pruitt Condo Deal

Over the weekend we learned about a potential tie between the Enbridge Pipeline Number 3 and EPA Head Scott Pruitt. The clear conflict of interest stems from Pruitt’s rental of a condo from Vicki Hart, the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman of the Enbridge’s...

Congress Set to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Word out of Washington DC is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is planning to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 and include it in the Farm Bill. On Monday he held a press conference with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to announce that...

Klobuchar Picks Up the Franken Baton

US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) along with US Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are putting pressure on Chairman US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to take action and call Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before the committee. Zuckerberg...

Is Smith’s Campaign Being Scripted by the DSCC?

There is a reoccurring theme being discussed in DFL quarters and it is whether or not the US Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) campaign is being run out of Washington DC by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). This is akin to Central Casting writing formulaic...