In Minnesota political circles, Phil Krinkie is best known as one of the state’s most prominent fiscal conservatives. But his day job for more than 30 years was in the customer service business. Krinkie said he plans to bring that customer-service mindset to his campaign in the 6th Congressional District, referring repeatedly to himself as ready to be “hired” to represent the district’s constituents.
John Pederson is depending on geography to give him an edge in the competitive Republican field to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Pederson hails from St. Cloud, and he says that gives him an edge.
by Mike Mullen
Published: October 18, 2013
Tags: Al Franken, Ben Golnik, Chris Dahlberg, Gregg Peppin, Jim Abeler, Julianne Ortman, Michele Bachmann, Mike McFadden, Phil Krinkie, Rhonda Sivarajah, Rick Nolan, Sarah Lewerenz, Stewart Mills
The modern Congress is often faulted for its inability to actually accomplish much. Even still, the members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are as good as ever in at least on area: Raising money toward their own re-election. In keeping with that trend, third-quarter Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports find Minnesota’s delegation is pretty good at collecting checks, with at least one notable — if predictable — exception.
Emmer raised less during the last three months than he did during his opening month of June, but is well ahead of Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud.
**UPDATED** Former state Rep. Tom Emmer, who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District, has filmed an advertisement for Integrity Exteriors and Remodelers. In the ad, Emmer touts his congressional candidacy and endorses the construction firm.
Though focused on his federal campaign, Abeler said he was "not disinterested" in coming back to the Capitol, where he serves as Republican lead on the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.
This will be a second attempt at winning over the strongly conservative district for Krinkie, who ran for the GOP endorsement in 2006.
Tom Emmer tapped into a network of conservative donors that aligned behind his 2010 gubernatorial campaign to give himself a commanding lead.
The Delano-based Republican's total came thanks to more than 300 individual donors, according to the statement .
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: June 26, 2013
Tags: DOMA, Erin Murphy, gay rights, Karen Clark, Michele Bachmann, Paul Thissen, Project 515, Scott Dibble, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, U.S. Supreme Court
The court’s ruling means gay couples in Minnesota -- which will be able to be legally married starting Aug. 1 thanks to a law passed in the Legislature this year -- will now also have the federal benefits of a married couple.