The cause of immigration reform has led Bill Blazar a bit outside his organization’s usual comfort zone. The second-in-command at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been with the organization for two decades, but his position advocating in favor of comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, D.C. represents the first time he’s undertaken a major role on a federal issue.
by Mike Mullen
Published: November 8, 2013
Tags: Erik Paulsen, Gail Dorfman, Gina Countryman, James Lawrence, Kurt Zellers, Lori Swanson, Mark Dayton, Mary Liz Holberg, Michele Bachman, Minnesota Action Network, Office of the Legislative Auditor, TakeAction Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty
Paulsen has recently endured pressure over his moderate stance on the shutdown, though that pressure came from right-leaning Republicans.
Both districts are viewed as competitive by national Democratic strategists, who targeted Kline and Paulsen in a government shutdown-related online advertising campaign.
by Paul Demko
Published: October 4, 2013
Tags: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Cindy Pugh, Cook Partisan Voting Index, DFL, Erik Paulsen, Gary Heyer, GOP, government shutdown, Gregg Peppin, House Majority PAC, Huffington Post, Jake Coleman, John Kline, Larry Jacobs, Mike Obermueller, Obamacare, Sheila Kihne, Tim Walz, Vince Baudette
Tea Party activists are reacting with alarm to Rep. Erik Paulsen’s comments suggesting that he would be willing to break with GOP House leadership in order to end the federal government shutdown.
A dozen conservative activists, including state Rep. Cindy Pugh, showed up at U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen's Eden Prairie office Thursday morning in an effort to speak with the third-term GOP congressman about Obamacare and the federal government shutdown.
Congressional Democrats are targeting two Minnesota incumbent Republicans as part of a nationwide campaign seizing on the recent rumblings about forcing a government shutdown as a gambit to stop the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.
by Paul Demko
Published: August 13, 2013
Tags: Bill Blazar, Charles Schumer., Erik Paulsen, Immigration Law Center of Minnesota, ISAIAH, Javier Morillo, John Kline, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Service Employees International Union Local 26
On Thursday afternoon cake will be delivered to the offices of U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen. The occasion? One year ago, undocumented individuals who came to the United States as kids could apply to avoid the possibility of deportation.
Tom Emmer has established himself as the clear front-runner to replace U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District by raising far more money than his opponents for the GOP nomination.
Rick Nolan raised $135,000 in the second quarter of 2013 and ended June with less than $200,000 in the bank. The first-term DFL incumbent is expected to face a vigorous challenge in the 8th Congressional District.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: October 19, 2012
Tags: AFL-CIO, ALEC, Alice Johnson, Alida Messinger, Amy Koch, Carol Lewis, David Gaither, David Hann, Dennis Schminke, Doug Wardlow, Erik Paulsen, Freedom Club, Gregg Peppin, Jerry Newton, Jim Carlson, Jim Knoblach, John Carlson, Keith Downey, King Banaian, Kirk Stensrud, Laurie Halverson, Laurie McKendry, Mandy Benz, Melisa Franzen, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Kennedy, Rich Murray, Shannon Savick, Tarryl Clark, Ted Daley, Terri Bonoff, Tim Sanders, Yvonne Selcer, Zach Dorholt, Zach Rodvold
For better or worse, Michael Brodkorb was back on the campaign trail last week. This time, however, the former GOP attack dog, deputy Republican Party chair and Senate communications guru who helped mastermind the 2010 GOP takeover of the chamber has materialized in a glossy pink and blue mailer that’s being used to attack Republicans.