A Minnesota congressman who has long advocated for changes to the United States’ Cuba policy says a decision to normalize relations with the island country is a “monumental step” in the right direction.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing. Last month, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter. The practice is known as schedule “scrubbing.”
Several members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of alleged misconduct at a Veterans’ Affairs clinic in Hibbing. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter.
Republican Stewart Mills says he has called Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan to congratulate Nolan on winning their race for northeastern Minnesota’s congressional seat.
Rep. Rick Nolan has fended off a strong GOP challenger to hold onto Minnesota’s 8th District in what was among the most expensive congressional races in the country. He beat Fleet Farm scion and political newcomer Stewart Mills to win a second term of his second stint in Congress. The Democrat previously served in the 1970s.
Election Day arrived in Minnesota with Democrats feeling good about sweeping the biggest races in the state — for governor and U.S. Senate — and perhaps all of the statewide offices. But the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party was fighting a rear-guard action to hang on to the Minnesota House, with plenty of incumbents at risk and Republicans needing just seven seats to bring back divided government for the first time since 2012.
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The hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. “Nolan doesn’t get basic gun safety, and doesn’t know how many shells go in a duck gun,” the ad says.
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Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District is unexpectedly among the most hotly-contested House races in the country. Outside groups are on a spending spree, pumping millions of dollars into television ads attacking Democrat Rick Nolan and Republican Stewart Mills. Mills, whose family founded the popular sporting goods chain stores Mills Fleet Farm,
new poll suggests there could be an upset brewing in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. A KSTP/ SurveyUSA poll found that Republican Stewart Mills is leading incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan 47 percent to 39 percent, with 11 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.
Rep. Rick Nolan has outpaced Republican challenger Stewart Mills in recent fundraising with the November election closing in. Between July and September, Nolan pulled in about $647,000 compared with about $435,000 for Mills. But Mills also loaned his campaign $128,000 during that same period.
The nation’s most powerful gun rights group is targeting Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan with a massive ad blitz the week before Election Day. The National Rifle Association has reserved $750,000 in ads starting Oct. 28, according to public filings. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker confirmed the ads would focus on Minnesota’s 8th District.
In the first debate in Minnesota’s hotly contested 8th Congressional District, the candidates talked guns, taxes, and mining.