Monday, August 13, 2012
Find out all the details about candidates seeking a place on the County Board.
Because of redistricting, five of seven Hennepin County Board positions are on the ballot this year. Races with more than two candidates will have a primary Tuesday, Aug. 14. The top two candidates will then advance to the Nov. 6 general election. Below is a list of this year’s candidates. Click on the candidates’ names to read find out more about them. Candidates whose names aren’t linked did not respond to request for comments. (Patch did not profile 1st District candidates because there are no Patch sites in the district.) Major cities are listed below each district. For a detailed look at districts, view the PDF to the right of this article. *** 1st District Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo and Robbinsdale 2nd …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Opponents accuse Gary Boisclair of running for office to take advantage of rules that require stations to carry candidate ads—however disturbing the imagery.
A candidate mounting a primary challenge against 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison has begun running controversial television ads with graphic images of dead children and purported aborted fetuses. Patch reported in November that Gary Boisclair had released an anti-Islam ad. That ad was followed in December by an anti-abortion ad. No television station aired the ads at the time, but the Tea Party supporter looked forward to seeing them on TV during the 45-day period before the primary when rules require stations to carry candidate ads—however disturbing the imagery. The candidate saw his plan fulfilled this week. Boisclair is running in the DFL primary on a traditionally conservative platform. The Minnesota Independent accuses him of …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The legislator, representing both Richfield and Minneapolis, plans to run in Senate District 50.
That’s one redistricting battle avoided. State Sen. Ken Kelash (DFL-Minneapolis/Richfield) says he will seek his party’s endorsement in the 2012 elections for the newly redrawn Senate District 50, covering Bloomington and part of Richfield. This decision sidesteps a battle against Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) for the newly redrawn Senate District 61. Kelash lives very close to the border of the two districts, and if he ran against Dibble, fully half of Southwest Minneapolis' legislative seats would be contested by dueling DFLers in the fall. Kelash said he warmed to the idea of moving while hearing the issues brought up at a legislative update session in Bloomington. "I said to myself ‘I’ve been working on these issues for a long …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The presidential hopeful paid Eagan a visit with Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday afternoon.
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney held a campaign stop in Eagan at Freightmasters with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday—and Patch covered the event live. Romney's visit is in advance of Minnesota's GOP caucuses, scheduled for Feb. 7. Local DFL and Republican groups will be holding caucuses in Eagan that night.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Fifth District congressman also weighed in on the American Crystal Sugar strike, Occupy Wall Street and the payroll tax debate.
Rep. Keith Ellison has joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus to call on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to support an extension of federal unemployment benefits through 2012. "Needing unemployment assistance is about being unable to find work in a weak economy with limited job opportunities," caucus members collectively wrote last week in a letter to House leaders. "Federal long-term benefits are essential supports." In a statement accompanying the letter, Ellison noted that overall unemployment has dropped to 8.6 percent while African-American unemployment remains in the double digits, slightly rising to 15.5 percent. The letter also called on Boehner and Pelosi to "create jobs…
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Gary Boisclair says he is 'Pro-Life' and a 'Tea-Party Activist.'
Incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison will have a challenger for the DFL’s 5th District nomination—a Minneapolis native whose beliefs sound more Republican than Democrat. Gary Boisclair will formally announce his candidacy Monday at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to a news release on Christian Newswire. Although Boisclair seeks the DFL nomination, he cites issues and positions that are traditionally more associated with conservatives. In the news release, he criticized Ellison for taking the oath of office on a Koran. His website proclaims him as “Pro-Life” and a “Tea-Party Activist” and features an ad for another candidate that centers on graphic images from abortions. He also condemned Ellison’s support of Planned Parenthood, …