MN-08: Republican Legislators Endorse Stewart Mills For Congress

Republican Stewart Mills III of Nisswa has secured endorsements from 16 Republican members of the Minnesota Legislature in his bid for the 8th district congressional seat held by DFL Rep. Rick Nolan of Crosby, his campaign announced Wednesday. This list includes every Republican state representative or state senator whose district encompasses a portion of the 8th congressional district.* mills family

Nine of the legislators endorsing Mills reside in the 8th congressional district:

House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt of Crown
Rep. Brian Johnson of Cambridge
Rep. Ron Kresha of Little Falls
Rep. Bob Barrett of Lindstrom
Rep. Mark Anderson of Lake Shore
Rep. Sondra Erickson of Princeton
Sen. Paul Gazelka of Nisswa
Sen. Sean Nienow of Cambridge
Sen. Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point

Six represent legislative districts that creep into the 8th congressional district:

Sen. Karin Housley of St. Mary’s Point
Sen. Dave Brown of Becker
Sen. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake
Rep. Steve Green of Fosston
Rep. Jim Newberger of Becker
Rep. Tom Dettmer of Forest Lake

Joining the legislators of the 8th congressional district in endorsing Mills is Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar. Hackbarth’s district is contained within the boundaries of 6th congressional district, but his hometown of Anoka was part of the Fighting 8th during the 1970’s.

In a prepared statement released by the Friends of Stewart Mills, Ruud said that Mills “fits our district,” while Minority Leader Daudt emphasized Mills’ status as a state and local business leader:

Stewart Mills has been an integral business leader in our district and across the state of Minnesota for many years. His leadership and problem solving ability will be a greatly needed addition to Washington.

Mills,41, announced a formal challenge to Nolan, 69, earlier this month and garnered national attention for significantly outraising the incumbent in his first quarter of fundraising. These endorsements from every Republican legislator who represents a portion of the 8th district indicate strong support for his campaign from within the party and are the first to come from Minnesotans. Mills’ only other endorsement in the race comes from former 8th District Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who previously issued a statement of support in a fundraising email sent to supporters.

Nolan defeated Cravaack in one of the most hotly contested and expensive congressional races of 2012.The district remains competitive and the 2014 congressional race is once again expected to attract millions in outside spending. Both the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report currently rate the district as a ‘Lean Democrat.”

*ICFP noted that Rep. Tom Dettmer was the only Republican legislator representing part of the 8th district who was not included in Mills’ press release. Dettmer could not be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for Friends of Stewart Mills stated that Dettmer had indeed endorsed Mills but was inadvertently omitted from the list.

Nolan Puts Mining Company Interests Above Workers, Communities

Mining is deeply ingrained in the culture of Minnesota’s Iron Range, and this issue more than any other defined the candidates in the 2012 race for 8th district Congress. Candidate Rick Nolan’s position put the Cuyuna Range native on the correct side of the worker v mining company nuance that made him a true ally of Rangers: strongly support mining, but enforce the rules and regulations that protect our environment and the health and safety of our workers. Unfortunately, Congressman Rick Nolan appears to have abandoned this common sense approach in favor of a Company Man position, voting for the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, legislation he previously vowed he would not support because it expedites the permitting process at the expense of our workers, communities and our environment.

The current legislation, HR 761, is a reincarnation of HR 4402 passed by the US House of Representatives in 2012. DFLer Jeff Anderson, Nolan’s opponent in the primary, and Republican 8th District Rep. Chip Cravaack both strongly supported HR 4402 and criticized Nolan for refusing to do so. In fact, the harshest criticism came from Anderson (now Nolan’s district director), who deliberately and methodically mischaracterized Nolan as being anti-mining. But candidate Nolan was adamant that one did not need to compromise safety rules and regulations in order to expedite the permitting process and repeatedly blasted both for supporting the legislation that was being pushed by right wing Republicans at the behest of the mining companies. Indeed, Nolan made his position quite clear in this statement from July 2012*:

Yet on 18 September 2013, Congressman Nolan voted in favor of HR 761 (legislation that contains language identical to that of HR 4402), a move that stunned many observers, supporters and constituents. And Nolan told the Mesabi Daily News that he’s comfortable with the legislation and continues to insist we don’t need to sacrifice safety in order to expedite permitting:

But Nolan said he believes we can have both expedited permitting and environmental safety.

“I’m pro-mining. But I also very strongly believe we have to do it right. And we can. We have the brains and the technology to do so,” Nolan said.

So, is the congressman going to hold his nose and vote yes on the bill?

“No, I’m comfortable voting for it. It’s not the bill I would write, but they’re not asking me. But it’s a start in streamlining and standardizing the permit process,” Nolan said.

Wow.

When questioned about the change in his position, the Duluth News-Tribune reports

Nolan’s office said the difference this year is a “deeper appreciation on Congressman Nolan’s part for how the delayed and broken permitting process is holding back projects” on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Huh?

Does that mean that candidate Rick Nolan didn’t understand the issue or truly support mining as alleged by his former primary opponent and current district director Jeff Anderson?

Does it mean ‘screw our workers, screw our communities, screw our environment – mining projects come first at all costs?’

Or does it mean that staffers have convinced Nolan to compromise his beliefs and take the easy road to favorable headlines in order to boost his support on the Iron Range as he heads into an election year?

Nolan’s press release does nothing to clarify his position and offers little more than Orwellian doublespeak:

Even though this is not the bill I would have written, I voted YES on H.R. 761 because we need to streamline and standardize a broken mining permitting process that is delaying projects with the potential for thousands of good paying jobs, and billions of dollars in economic development, across Minnesota’s Iron Range. We are long past the time when we need to choose between good jobs and a healthy environment in our great nation. I will continue to do everything within my power to advance good paying mining jobs, and work for strong environmental protections in all the laws and policies that affect the mining industry.

What we do know is that Congressman Nolan firmly believed that provisions in last year’s bill were harmful to workers, harmful to the environment and harmful to communities, and that gutting rules and regulations was not necessary to expedite the permitting process. We know that he clearly stated he would not support that bill. And we know he inexplicably reversed his position and chose to vote for a bill introduced this year that contained identical language.

Going back on one’s word and throwing our workers, environment and communities under the bus in order to further the interests of the mining companies is a questionable strategy at best, and definitely not what one would expect from a candidate who campaigned on a theme of integrity and changing the way we do politics ‘Because you matter’.

Congressman Nolan certainly got the headlines he wanted, but at what cost?

*Text of Nolan’s statement in the above video is as follows: “….HR 4402 that was passed by the House of Representatives here recently ostensibly to expedite the process, and to the extent that it does that I would quite frankly have no problem with that legislation. But careful observers and journals all around the country and around the Congress say that the bill does more than that. I don’t know if Jeff (Anderson) just read the Republican press releases or if he’s actually read the bill. The fact is that the bill guts many environmental health and safety provisions for workers, for the community, for the environment. It guts provisions requiring mining companies to pay royalties and to forego many of the rules and regulations…. Democrats and Republicans both support mining. The primary difference is the fact that Democrats insist on rules and regulations to protect the health and safety of workers, to protect the health and safety of our communities, the health and safety of our water and natural resources and our heritage. Make no mistake about it – mining is very, very important for our region, but so are the pensions of the workers and the health and safety of the people who work in those mines and the footprint that will be left behind. That is every bit as important. Mining has a time-certain limitation on it. The long range consequences are something that will be with us not simply for a lifetime. They will be with us here forever. So don’t underestimate under any circumstances the importance of stepping up and making sure that we insist on these kind of protections for the people here now today and for future generations.”

Are Labor Endorsed Candidates True Friends Of Organized Labor? Part 5

We expected that examining the FEC reports of labor endorsed candidates in the 2012 race for 8th district congress – Jeff Anderson (D), Tarryl Clark (D), Chip Cravaack (R), Rick Nolan (D) – would give organized labor a good idea as to who is a parlor friend and who is a street friend by showing how those candidates spent union contributions when they thought no one was looking. Fair treatment of workers and patronizing union facilities should be no-brainers for a true trade unionist, but we did find some labor endorsed candidates (Anderson, Cravaack) who struggled with these simple concepts. In part 4, we reported that while Jeff Anderson for Minnesota spent a total of $5034 on lodging, meals, events and food for volunteers during the course of his 15-month campaign, only $203 was spent at union facilities. Today we’d like to report that Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012 regularly patronized union facilities, but we can’t because the campaign reported no itemized expenditures for lodging, food or event space during the course of Clark’s 16-month campaign for 8th district congress.

Payments for lodging, meals, and food/beverages for volunteers, fundraisers and other events are pretty standard operating expenditures for campaigns, yet surprisingly not one hotel, restaurant, bar or meeting facility shows up in Clark’s FEC filings. No expenditures for fundraisers and other events were reported, and below are the only itemized operating expenditures reported for travel expenses:

NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY, WASHINGTON DC,06/22/2011 $1,771

DELTA AIRLINES, 08/29/2011, $601
AIRTRANAIR , 08/22/2011, $541
AIRTRANAIR, 08/30/2011, $369
SOUTHWESTAIR, 09/06/2011 $270
UNITED AIR , 03/12/2012, $613
SUN COUNTRY, 03/21/2012, $254
DELTA AIRLINES, 05/15/2012 $177
UNITED AIR TRAVEL,05/16/2012 $166
UNITED AIR TRAVEL, 05/16/2012 $166
UNITED AIR TRAVEL, 05/16/2012, $166
DELTA AIRLINES, 06/07/2012, $350
DELTA AIRLINES, 06/07/2012, $350
HOTWIRE, 06/08/2012, $267
HOTWIRE, 07/09/2012, $243

The campaign’s FEC reports do reflect unitemized reimbursements to staff for travel expenses, but no such payments were made to Tarryl Clark. While FEC rules do not require that candidates or staffers request reimbursement for travel expenses, once those expenses exceed $1000 they must be reported both as in kind contributions and as operating expenditures. It does indeed seem odd that a candidate for 8th district congress spent less than $1000 on travel expenses (mileage, meals, lodging) and that the campaign incurred no expenses for meet-the-candidate events or fundraisers, yet we presume that to be the case as Clark surely is familiar with FEC reporting requirements.

It is unclear from Clark’s FEC filings whether the reimbursements for staff travel were simply for mileage or included any meals or lodging, hence there is no way to know whether any of that money was spent at union or non union hotels, bars, or restaurants.

Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012 – Reported Operating Expenditures for Travel Expenses (Lodging,Meals,mileage,gas), Fundraisers/Events, and Food for Volunteers May 2011 – DECEMBER 2012

KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/MILEAGE – SEE MEMOS APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 07/07/2011 $394
CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 07/19/2011 $91

CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 08/10/2011 $173
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 08/18/2011 $49
DELTA AIRLINES TRAVEL ATLANTA GA 30320 08/29/2011 $601
AIRTRANAIR TRAVEL ORLANDO FL 32827 08/22/2011 $541
AIRTRANAIR TRAVEL ORLANDO FL 32827 08/30/2011 $369 X

SOUTHWESTAIR TRAVEL DALLAS TX 75235 09/06/2011 $270
CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 09/07/2011 $262
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 09/07/2011 $177
CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 09/22/2011 $323

CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 10/06/2011 $99
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 10/06/2011 $259

KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – MEMO ENTRIES APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 11/10/2011 $299
CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 11/10/2011 $83
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 11/17/2011 $125

CARLSON, KELLI REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 01/09/2012 $147
KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMOS APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 01/09/2012 $551
TRUESDELL, OWEN REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 01/09/2012 $165

CARLSON, KELLI REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 02/07/2012 $407
KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMOS APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 02/07/2012 $301
TRUESDELL, OWEN REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 02/07/2012 $377
COLEMAN, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL VANDLING PA 18421 02/21/2012 $232

CARLSON, KELLI REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 03/09/2012 $449
KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL-SEE MEMOS APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 03/09/2012 $353
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL APPLETON WI 54911 03/09/2012 $225
UNITED AIR TRAVEL CHICAGO IL 60666 03/12/2012 $613
COLEMAN, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL VANDLING PA 18421 03/14/2012 $34
SUN COUNTRY TRAVEL SAINT PAUL MN 55120 03/21/2012 $254

CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 04/09/2012 $609

CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 05/04/2012 $126
TRUESDELL, OWEN TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55802 05/04/2012 $138
DELTA AIRLINES TRAVEL ATLANTA GA 30320 05/15/2012 $177
UNITED AIR TRAVEL CHICAGO IL 60666 05/16/2012 $166
UNITED AIR TRAVEL CHICAGO IL 60666 05/16/2012 $166
UNITED AIR TRAVEL CHICAGO IL 60666 05/16/2012 $166

CARLSON, KELLI REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMOS WOODBURY MN 55125 06/07/2012 $206
DELTA AIRLINES TRAVEL ATLANTA GA 30320 06/07/2012 $350
COLEMAN, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT – SEE MEMOS VANDLING PA 18421 06/07/2012 $64
HOTWIRE TRAVEL SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111 06/08/2012 $267
NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND TRAVEL EXPENSES WASHINGTON DC 20006 06/22/2011 $1,771

MARKS, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMO DULUTH MN 55802 07/02/2012 $489
TRUESDELL, OWEN REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMOS DULUTH MN 55802 07/09/2012 $384
CARLSON, KELLI TRAVEL WOODBURY MN 55125 07/09/2012 $103
HOTWIRE TRAVEL SAN FRANCISCO CA 94111 07/09/2012 $243 X
COLEMAN, LINDSAY TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 07/09/2012 $109
KLUTHE, CHRISTOPHER REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL – SEE MEMOS APPLE VALLEY MN 55124 07/09/2012 $475
MEYER, ERIC REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55811 07/09/2012 $81
WOLGAMOTT, DANIEL TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 07/09/2012 $1,453

WOLGAMOTT, DANIEL REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 08/08/2012 $717
COLEMAN, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 08/15/2012 $135
MEYER, ERIC REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55811 08/15/2012 $49
MEYER, ERIC REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55811 08/16/2012 $13
TRUESDELL, OWEN REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55802 08/16/2012 $911
WOLGAMOTT, DANIEL REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 08/16/2012 $464
COLEMAN, LINDSAY REIMBURSEMENT/TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55805 08/16/2012 $36

Are Labor Endorsed Candidates True Friends Of Organized Labor? Part 4

It has been said that the true test of one’s character is what one does when no one else is looking, and the same test can be applied to discern how committed a candidate is to the principles of organized labor. Indeed, a good way for organized labor to identify parlor friends and street friends is to examine how labor-endorsed candidates choose to spend the thousands of dollars they receive from labor unions after walking out of the union hall. A true trade unionist believes in justice for workers and the right to bargain collectively, and will adhere to those principles during the course of their campaign by treating workers fairly and by supporting those businesses that employ union workers. To be sure, workers are injured every time candidates choose to pass over a union facility in favor of one with no union contract or one that was built with scab labor. FEC reports that are exposed to the light of day will often show exactly who chose to throw labor under the bus the minute they thought no one was looking.

Previously, we reported that Jeff Anderson received a sizable reimbursement from his campaign on Dec.31,2012 while his former staffers were still awaiting their final paychecks from August. Today, we examine how Anderson’s campaign spent the union contributions he received for his primary campaign.

Jeff Anderson for Minnesota reported spending $5034 on lodging, meals, events and food for volunteers during the course of the 15-month campaign for 8th district congress. Only $203 was spent at union facilities.

Reports filed with the FEC show that the campaign made nine expenditures for lodging in 2011 totaling $1278. Two expenditures were made in Brainerd where there are no union hotels, but the remaining seven were made in Duluth and Washington, DC where union hotels are readily available. Only two of those expenditures were made to a union hotel.

Radisson, Duluth, Lodging, 7/19/11, $69
Brainerd Hotel, Brainerd, Lodging, 7/20/11, $109
Brainerd Hotel, Brainerd, Lodging, 7/20/11, $109
Sheraton Hotel, Duluth, Lodging, 7/21/11, $234
Radisson, Duluth, Lodging, 7/25/11 $134
Renaissance Downtown, Washington DC, Lodging, 10/04/11, $263
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Lodging, 10/24/11, $158
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Lodging, 11/13/11, $135
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Lodging, 12/13/11, $67

There was just one reported expenditure for food in 2011, and that was for a meal at a non union hotel in Washington DC

Renaissance Downtown, Washington DC, Meals, 10/03/11, $23

In 2012, FEC reports reveal the campaign spent $3733 on lodging, meals, fundraisers and food for volunteers. Not one payment to a union hotel, restaurant or bar is reflected during this time period.

The campaign spent $963 for lodging, but there are no documented expenditures to union hotels. Of the four expenditures for lodging, two were at non union hotels in Duluth and two cannot be determined by the information in the report.

Priceline , Lodging, 1/04/12, $155
Priceline, Lodging, 3/21/12, $377
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Lodging, 5/02/12, $203
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Lodging, 7/02/12 $228

The campaign reported no expenditures for meals prior to April. Between April and August, there were 23 reported expenditures for meals totaling $474. $359 was spent at restaurants in Duluth, the remainder at gas stations.

Not one cent was spent at a union hotel, restaurant or bar.

Blackwater, Duluth, Meals, 4/30/12, $30
Blackwater, Duluth, Meals, 4/30/12, $74
Pizza Luce, Duluth, Meals, 5/04/12, $26
Green Mill, Duluth, Meals, 5/07/12, $27
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Meals, 5/21/12, $40
Pizza Luce, Duluth, Meals, 5/21/12, $32
Blackwater, Duluth, Meals, 5/25/12, $32
Fitger’s Inn, Duluth, Meals, 6/04/12, $68
Green Mill, Duluth, Meals, 6/22/12, $30

The campaign reported expenditures for fundraisers/events and for food for volunteers totaling $2296.

Once again, not one cent was spent at a union hotel, restaurant or bar.

Sheraton, Duluth, Fundraiser, 3/05/12, $437
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Duluth, Fundraiser, 3/19/12, $208
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Duluth, Fundraiser, 4/02/12, $47
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Duluth, Fundraiser, 4/02/12, $257
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Duluth, Fundraiser, 5/07/12, $212
Blackwater, Duluth, Fundraiser, 5/09/12, $72
Pizza Luce, Duluth, Event, 5/16/12, $286
The Chocolate Moose, Ely, Fundraiser, 5/16/12, $113
Pizza Luce, Duluth, Fundraiser, 7/01/12, $422
Sawmill Saloon, Virginia, Food for Volunteers, 8/13/12, $105
Pizza Luce, Duluth, Food for Volunteers, 8/17/12, $137

Labor-endorsed candidates should want to patronize union facilities as a matter of conscience. Yet Jeff Anderson’s FEC report shows just two documented expenditures at union facilities during his entire campaign for congress. What a slap in the face to the unions and members who contributed their hard-earned money to Anderson’s Duluth-based campaign! Is this what organized labor wants to see on the FEC reports of a labor endorsed candidate?

Tomorrow, Part 5 – Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012

Jeff Anderson for Minnesota – Reported Operating Expenditures for Travel Expenses (Lodging,Meals,mileage,gas), Fundraisers/Events, and Food for Volunteers JUNE 2011 – DECEMBER 2012

2011
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 06/08/2011 $250
RODERICK, MATTHEW FOOD EXPENSES AT EVENT ELY MN 55731 06/12/2011 $250 In Kind
PLASCH, HARVEY FOOD EXPENSE FOR EVENT DULUTH MN 55805 06/16/2011 $300 In Kind

HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 07/05/2011 $42
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 07/14/2011 $20
RADISON-DULUTH LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 07/19/2011 $69
BRAINERD HOTEL LODGING BRAINERD MN 56401 07/20/2011 $109
BRAINERD HOTEL LODGING BRAINERD MN 56401 07/20/2011 $109
SHERATON HOTEL DULUTH MN 55802 07/21/2011 $234
RADISON-DULUTH LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 07/25/2011 $134
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 07/26/2011 $45

HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 08/01/2011 $48
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 08/15/2011 $25
MCCONNELL, JASON EVENT FOOD AND BEVERAGE COST DULUTH MN 55802 08/17/2011 $395 In Kind
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 08/22/2011 $300
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 08/22/2011 $47
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 08/22/2011 $50
SULLIVAN, JOHN L. FOOD AND DRINKS FOR EVENT MINNEAPOLIS MN 55405 08/24/2011 $300 In Kind
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 08/29/2011 $93

LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 09/02/2011 $63
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 09/08/2011 $45
DELTA AIRLINES AIRFARE ATLANTA GA 30320 09/09/2011 $452
BUEHLER, KENNETH FOOD AND LOCATION RENTAL FOR EVENT DULUTH MN 55802 09/10/2011 $1,104 In Kind
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 09/12/2011 $52
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 09/13/2011 $33
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 09/19/2011 $47
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 09/19/2011 $33
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 09/21/2011 $40
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 09/20/2011 $45
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 09/26/2011 $35
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 09/27/2011 $32

DELTA AIRLINES AIRFARE ATLANTA GA 30320 10/03/2011 $60
RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON DC MEALS WASHINGTON DC 20001 10/03/2011 $23
RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON DC LODGING WASHINGTON DC 20001 10/04/2011 $263
DELTA AIRLINES AIRFARE ATLANTA GA 30320 10/04/2011 $6
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 10/04/2011 $325
DELTA AIRLINES AIRFARE ATLANTA GA 30320 10/05/2011 $14
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/04/2011 $22
ARTHUR’S FORMAL WEAR TUXEDO RENTAL DULUTH MN 55811 10/05/2011 $297
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/11/2011 $27
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/12/2011 $31
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/17/2011 $51
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/17/2011 $40
FITGERS INN LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 10/24/2011 $158
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 10/25/2011 $56
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 10/25/2011 $11
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 10/31/2011 $50

LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 11/01/2011 $7
AMERICAN AIRLINES AIRFARE FORT WORTH TX 76155 11/03/2011 $255
LONDON RD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 11/03/2011 $14
ELLICKSON, JOE MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT MINNEAPOLIS MN 55407 11/04/2011 $500
FITGERS INN LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 11/13/2011 $135
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 11/17/2011 $42
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 11/18/2011 $48
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 11/21/2011 $45
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 11/28/2011 $14
AMERICAN AIRLINES TRAVEL FORT WORTH TX 76155 11/30/2011 $14

AMERICAN AIRLINES TRAVEL FORT WORTH TX 76155 12/01/2011 $25
AMERICAN AIRLINES TRAVEL FORT WORTH TX 76155 12/05/2011 $25
AMERICAN AIRLINES TRAVEL FORT WORTH TX 76155 12/05/2011 $50
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 12/11/2011 $42
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 12/13/2011 $40
FITGERS INN LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 12/13/2011 $67
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 12/30/2011 $38

2012
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 01/12/2012 $61
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/03/2012 $28
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/04/2012 $29
PRICELINE LODGING NORWALK CT 06850 01/04/2012 $155
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/23/2012 $41
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/23/2012 $40
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 01/23/2012 $25
LUCKY 7 FUEL ELY MN 55731 01/25/2012 $44
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 01/30/2012 $48
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/31/2012 $47
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 01/31/2012 $43

SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 02/02/2012 $46
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 02/02/2012 $6
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 02/06/2012 $58
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 02/06/2012 $48
LUCKY 7 FUEL ELY MN 55731 02/06/2012 $47
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 02/16/2012 $43
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 02/21/2012 $49
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 02/22/2012 $51
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 02/23/2012 $25

HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/01/2012 $40
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 03/04/2012 $285
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/05/2012 $57
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/05/2012 $41
SHERATON FUNDRAISING FOOD & BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 03/05/2012 $437
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/12/2012 $41
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/12/2012 $6
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 03/12/2012 $49
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/13/2012 $33
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 03/14/2012 $43
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 03/16/2012 $95
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 03/16/2012 $12
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/19/2012 $53
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/19/2012 $45
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/19/2012 $19
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/19/2012 $9
ZEITGEIST ARTS CAFE FUNDRAISING FOOD & BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 03/19/2012 $208
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/20/2012 $50
PRICELINE LODGING NORWALK CT 06850 03/21/2012 $377
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55802 03/27/2012 $74
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/27/2012 $3
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 03/29/2012 $28

ZEITGEIST ARTS CAFE FUNDRAISING FOOD AND BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 04/02/2012 $47
ZEITGEIST ARTS CAFE FUNDRAISING FOOD AND BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 04/02/2012 $257
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 04/02/2012 $1,000
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 04/06/2012 $45
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 04/09/2012 $68
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 04/16/2012 $42
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 04/20/2012 $30
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 04/23/2012 $36
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 04/27/2012 $53
BLACK WATER MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 04/30/2012 $30
BLACK WATER MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 04/30/2012 $74

FITGERS INN LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 05/02/2012 $203
PIZZA LUCE MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 05/04/2012 $26
GREEN MILL MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 05/07/2012 $27
ZEITGEIST ARTS CAFE FUNDRAISER FOOD AND BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 05/07/2012 $212
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/08/2012 $55
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 05/09/2012 $85
BLACK WATER FUNDRAISER FOOD AND BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 05/09/2012 $72
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/14/2012 $21
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/14/2012 $24
PIZZA LUCE EVENT FOOD & BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 05/16/2012 $286
THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE FUNDRAISER FOOD AND BEVERAGE ELY MN 55731 05/16/2012 $113
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 05/16/2012 $1,500
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/17/2012 $48
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/18/2012 $49
PIZZA LUCE MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 05/21/2012 $32
FITGERS INN MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 05/21/2012 $40
BLACK WATER MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 05/25/2012 $32
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/25/2012 $50
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55805 05/29/2012 $12
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 05/29/2012 $26

HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/01/2012 $51
FITGERS INN MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 06/04/2012 $68
HOLIDAY MEALS MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/04/2012 $13
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 06/04/2012 $37
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 06/05/2012 $1,000
HOLIDAY MEALS MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/05/2012 $10
SUPERAMERICA MEALS DULUTH MN 55805 06/05/2012 $2
HUIE, ERIC FUNDRAISER FOOD, BEVERAGE AND SPACE RENTAL DULUTH MN 55805 06/08/2012 $675 In Kind
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH FUEL DULUTH MN 55812 06/08/2012 $50
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/18/2012 $31
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/18/2012 $53
HOLIDAY MEALS MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/19/2012 $7
GREEN MILL MEALS DULUTH MN 55802 06/22/2012 $30
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMOTIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 06/25/2012 $81
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/25/2012 $17
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/25/2012 $45
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/25/2012 $52
KAVAJECZ, ROCKIE CANAL PARK BREWING COMPANY OWNER * IN-KIND: LODGING WASHBURN WI 54891 06/25/2012 $194 (Note:not on operating expenditures as required)
HOLIDAY MEALS MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/27/2012 $12
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 06/28/2012 $150
HOLIDAY FUEL MINNEAPOLIS MN 55440 06/28/2012 $52

PIZZA LUCE FUNDRAISER FOOD AND BEVERAGE DULUTH MN 55802 07/01/2012 $422
FITGERS INN LODGING DULUTH MN 55802 07/02/2012 $228
LONDON ROAD CAR WASH AUTOMATIVE EXPENSES DULUTH MN 55812 07/02/2012 $30
BLOMBERG OIL FUEL ELY MN 55731 07/04/2012 $72 *memo
LUCKY 7 FUEL VIRGINIA MN 55792 07/04/2012 $14
LUCKY 7 FUEL VIRGINIA MN 55792 07/05/2012 $54
LUCKY 7 FUEL VIRGINIA MN 55792 07/05/2012 $45
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/05/2012 $62
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/09/2012 $64
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55805 07/09/2012 $56
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 07/09/2012 $1,112
LUCKY 7 MEALS VIRGINIA MN 55792 07/16/2012 $3
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 07/18/2012 $8
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/20/2012 $41
SUPERAMERICA FUEL DULUTH MN 55805 07/23/2012 $83
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEAL DULUTH MN 55803 07/23/2012 $19
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/24/2012 $50
GIESLER, ROBERT FUNDRAISER FOOD AND BEVERAGE PINE ISLAND MN 55963 07/24/2012 $108 In Kind
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55811 07/26/2012 $58
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55811 07/26/2012 $51
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/30/2012 $25
LUCKY 7 FUEL VIRGINIA MN 55792 07/30/2012 $52
LITTLE STORE – HINCKLEY FUEL HINCKLEY MN 55037 07/30/2012 $51
ANDERSON, JEFFERY MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 07/30/2012 $512
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 07/31/2012 $9
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 07/31/2012 $58

HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 08/01/2012 $8
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/01/2012 $47
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/06/2012 $24
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/06/2012 $88
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/07/2012 $62
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/08/2012 $73
LITTLE STORE – HINCKLEY FUEL HINCKLEY MN 55037 08/10/2012 $49
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 08/13/2012 $5
SAWMILL SALOON VOLUNTEER FOOD VIRGINIA MN 55792 08/13/2012 $105
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/14/2012 $70
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 08/14/2012 $4
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/14/2012 $38
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 08/14/2012 $9

PIZZA LUCE VOLUNTEER FOOD DULUTH MN 55802 08/17/2012 $137
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/20/2012 $50
HOLIDAY STATION STORE MEALS DULUTH MN 55803 08/20/2012 $6
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/21/2012 $24
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/24/2012 $55
LITTLE STORE – HINCKLEY FUEL HINCKLEY MN 55037 08/27/2012 $13
HOLIDAY STATION STORE FUEL DULUTH MN 55803 08/28/2012 $52

HOLIDAY STATION STORE TRAVEL DULUTH MN 55811 11/23/2012 $58

ANDERSON, JEFFERY REIMBURSEMENT DULUTH MN 55801 12/31/2012 $1,120

MN-08: Radical Rick Nolan Returns To Washington

During the recent election Rep Chip Cravaack and his extremist friends repeatedly pounded away at former Congressman Rick Nolan for being “liberal and radical”, and warned voters Nolan would continue his “radical ways” if returned to Congress. Well, Radical Rick soundly defeated Tea Party Chip on November 6, and in a telephone news conference Monday, the 8th District congressman-elect outlined his radical agenda: changing the way we do politics by getting big special interest money out of elections, supporting a national light rail transit system, and passing sensible BWCA land swap legislation that represents the best interests of northern Minnesota residents.

In the early morning phone call with reporters, Nolan said he was optimistic that a BWCA land exchange bill could still be passed this year, but without the problematic provisions of Cravaack’s bill: exempting lands from the Thye-Blatnik Act, which would result in millions of lost revenue for Lake, Cook and St Louis counties; weakening protections normally afforded to federal lands; potentially allowing logging and mining interests to avoid paying revenue due to the taxpayers for use of the land. Radical Rick noted there is currently no companion bill in the Senate, and indicated he would ask Senators Franken and Klobuchar to introduce legislation that could garner bi partisan support for the land exchange and enable its passage before this session of Congress adjourns.

This new approach to the BWCA land swap highlights the difference in representation 8th district residents will notice in many areas over the coming months. Whereas Tea Party Chip’s first statements as congressman-elect were to oppose funding for the new terminal at the Duluth International Airport and for the Northern Lights Express, Radical Rick voiced strong support for a national light rail transit system, which he said would “create jobs and provide a cost effective and sensible” means of transport. And Nolan emphasized we need to continue funding for northern Minnesota airports, funding that Cravaack voted to cut or eliminate during his single term in Congress.

Nolan was also critical of the role money now plays in politics, describing it as “dangerous and threatening to our democracy”. “Members should be beholden to the public and not to the highest bidder,” he continued, and under the current system “Members spend too much time fundraising and not enough time governing.” Radical Rick plans to introduce legislation providing for federal funding for campaigns, limiting the amount of time Members devote to campaigning, and overturning the Citizen’s United ruling.

Nolan made these comments as he headed out to Washington DC for what will be his second freshman orientation. He was first elected to Congress in 1974 and served until 1980, experience that gives him a significant edge over new Members. And Nolan retains seniority from his previous service which will likely assist him in securing assignments to committees key to the 8th district: Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure. Nolan said he is eager to get to work and is particularly looking forward to the National Mining Association reception for Members of Congress this week. And the Cuyuna Range native noted that his family will continue to live in northern Minnesota “I’m just going to find a room right close by the Capitol where I can stay when Congress is in session. We’ll keep our home up in Crow Wing County where we’ve been all our lives”

Yep, that’s radical for an 8th district congressman all right.

MN-08: Veda Ponikvar Calls Out Chip Cravaack In New TV Ads

Not much gets past Iron Range publishing icon Veda Ponikvar.

The 93 years young Ponikvar (who earned the moniker “Iron Lady” for her battle against the Steel Trust), has watched in disgust as Rep Chip Cravaack blundered and lied through his 2 years in Congress.

Well, the Iron Lady is mad and she’s not going to take it any more. So Ponikvar recently teamed up with award winning documentary filmmaker Tom Selinski to produce two new TV ads for the group Regular Folks From The Range.

Registered with the FEC as an electioneering and communications organization, Regular Folks From The Range does not endorse any particular candidate, but focuses on informing the public about Chip Cravaack’s abysmal voting record and embarrassing performance in Congress through ads currently running on cable TV throughout the 8th district.

Their first ad, ‘Company Man‘, featuring respected union members pointing out that Cravaack sides with the mining companies and not workers, has proven highly effective.

Last Friday, the group launched its final salvo with Ponikvar starring in ads exposing Cravaack’s appalling record on the public health crises of autism and breast cancer. Ponikvar’s simple message “He seems to take care of himself, but not us” is sure to resonate with voters throughout the district who have watched Cravaack engage in a pathetic game of political dodge ball in recent weeks.

MN-08: A Packsacker And A Ranger Go Deer Hunting…

Deer hunting is a time honored tradition in northern Minnesota, and many look forward to gathering with friends and family at the hunting shack every fall. Former Congressman Rick Nolan (a native of the Cuyuna Iron Range), took time off from the campaign trail this weekend, explaining he’s never missed a deer opener. Much like a fourth-grader with a broken leg who doesn’t want to be left behind when the rest of the class heads out for dodge ball, Rep. Chip Cravaack (a packsacker who’s primary residence is in New Hampshire) cried ‘me too’ and limped along on his own, seemingly unaware of how the game is played. Pictures speak a thousand words….

A Ranger preparing for deer hunting

A Packsacker preparing for deer hunting

A Packsacker on the opening day of deer season

A Ranger on the opening day of deer season

MN-08: Chip Cravaack, Paul Ryan Refused To Co Sponsor Autism, Breast Cancer Acts

It seems Tea Party Congressmen Chip Cravaack and Paul Ryan have more in common than the Ryan budget and working out in the same gym: both have refused to co sponsor key pieces of legislation designed to address the epidemics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Breast Cancer.

Autism and Breast Cancer have been declared public health crises affecting millions of American families every year. Rates for both are quite high: an estimated 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Two major pieces of legislation designed to address the epidemics of breast cancer and autism were proposed during the 112th Congress. Both garnered bi partisan support:

235 Representatives co-sponsored H.R. 3067, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2011.

100 Representatives co- sponsored H.R. 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011.

But not Chip Cravaack and Paul Ryan.

It’s particularly troublesome that Chip Cravaack did not co sponsor H.R. 2005. As the parent of a child with an ASD, he should have been front and center promoting that important initiative as well as other legislation benefiting those battling the disorder. Yet Cravaack remained silent about autism until it benefited him to do so. He didn’t even bother to join the Congressional Autism Caucus. Indeed, Chip Cravaack was willing enough to talk about his child’s autism to help him get re elected, but he wasn’t willing to help children with autism in Congress.

Cravaack’s disgraceful record on autism and breast cancer has not gone unnoticed by constituents. Regular Folks On The Iron Range on Friday launched two new cable TV ads pointing to his abysmal record on these important issues:

MN-08: The Compassionate Side Of Politics

Much is written about the dog-eat-dog world of northern Minnesota politics, but rarely do we get a glimpse into the more compassionate side of politics in the Fighting 8th: the close personal relationships that are forged over working for the common good. But today long time 8th Congressional District DFL Chair Don Bye shares this very personal story:

Much has been circulated establishing why Rick Nolan is most qualified to represent our 8th District. Let me relate an added personal reason.

My wife Meg died at the end of May this year. Meg was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Determined to live as “normal” a life as possible, in 2008 she ran for legislature here in Rick’s home area. Knowing she had an uphill race, Rick offered to help. We had long known Rick and family on an enjoyable, but occasional basis.

Rick met Meg at 6:00 A.M several mornings, took her around to his coffee groups in Emily and Cross Lake, with door knocking and sign placing afterward.

When no younger candidate surfaced in 2010,Meg determined to try again. Knowing it was an uphill venture; Rick was there again with his ingratiating manner and upbeat support.

Last January we received the horrible news that Meg’s condition was hopelessly and imminently terminal. On hearing that Rick left a campaign meeting early, came to the hospital in Minneapolis and met and consoled with our whole attending family.Despite the turmoil of campaigning, Rick stayed in touch by phone and in person through Meg’s declining months.

The day after Meg died Rick interrupted campaigning to come out and sit on our porch, comforting and consoling. Days later Rick and wife canceled other campaign and family commitments to be at Meg’s funeral, and both have kept in personal touch.

That is why I’ll vote for Rick Nolan for whatever he wants to run for as long as he wants to run.

MN-08: Who’s Kidding Who Chip? You Don’t Care About Duluth!

Chip, you sure talk a good game about supporting Duluth, but your dismal record says otherwise. You care about Duluth? Who’s Kidding Who, Chip?

You refused to open an office or even hold a town meeting in Duluth until you were publicly shamed to do so.

So much for constituent service.

You opposed investing $20 million of Federal Stimulus in a new airport terminal to keep Duluth competitive in the aviation market

It’s being built in spite of you.

You opposed investing $16 million in Federal Stimulus funds for Duluth’s Intermodal Center— a project that creates construction jobs and will make Duluth a model transportation center.

Thanks Chip.

You opposed a $6 million investment in stormwater/wastewater overflow holding facilities that created construction jobs, and protected Lake Superior during this summer’s huge storm.

Thanks Again Chip.

You tried to undermine the rescue of Cirrus Aviation by a Chinese investor, then wouldn’t tell the public that the U.S. Treasury found no fault, no risk to national or economic security from the transaction, which has saved aircraft production jobs in Duluth.

Cirrus survived, no thanks to you.

Chip, it’s time to stop kidding around and tell the people of Duluth exactly what you think of them. Who’s Kidding Who Chip? You don’t care about Duluth!