Bemidji’s Socially Tinged Ripple In The 2014 Red Wave

Now that the dust has settled on 2014, it’s time to try and understand why Dave Hancock retook his House 2A seat from DFL Rep. Roger Erickson. I read an excellent analysis piece by MinnPost’s Briana Bierschbach the other day on how the Republicans took control of the Minnesota House of Representatives by unseating DFLers…
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What We Can Do About Homelessness In Bemidji

The most important moment from the mayoral debate Tuesday came when incumbent mayor Rita Albrecht and challenger Jorge Prince finally got to bring their opinions on Bemidji homelessness into the same room, at the same time. As Albrecht alluded to during the debate, in Bemidji the mayor doesn’t really have all that much power to…
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Dessert From Two Political Dinners

The annual Beltrami County Republicans dinner was last week, and their Democrat counterparts held their fundraising banquet Monday. With both stories, I focused on the biggest names at the event– Collin Peterson, Rick Nolan, Torrey Westrom, Stewart Mills. However, the fascinating stuff going on with speakers further down the ballot didn’t make it into my…
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Big Names In A Little Race/Mean Tweets Of The 7th CD

By now, most political observers are aware that northern Minnesota’s two big U.S. congressional races have attracted big national attention/money from outside groups. On election day (less than two months from now) ┬áPeterson/Westrom and Nolan/Mills will be anxiously eyed-over in Washington. It fills me with a mix of pride and dread that places like Brainerd,…
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On Guns, It’s Hard To Tell Nolan And Mills Apart

The MN08 congressional race took an interesting turn last week as Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills sparred over U.S. intervention against ISIS in Iraq. That got me thinking. The two have traded public statements over mining, oil pipelines, tweets, mining again, minimum wage… There’s one issue, though, that has gotten almost no play at all,…
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