A group trying to get Minnesota to divest its investments in Israel saw a glimmer of hope this week in its meeting with the state board that controls those investments.
Rep. Zachary Dorholt is a speck of blue in the sea of red that is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s district. He is the only Democrat in Minnesota’s legislature from that conservative area. He was elected in 2012, which was a bad year for Minnesota Republicans. However, he did win by 13 percentage points — which was better than President Barack Obama, who outpolled Mitt Romney by just 10 percentage points among the same voters.
Despite numbers that seem to favor Dorholt, Republicans would like Minnesota’s most conservative congressional district to be all red again; several groups have targeted the race hoping to boost his Republican challenger Jim Knoblach to victory. Knoblach is a former legislator. He served from 1995 to 2006 and has been working in the private sector since then.
The two debated this past week on business-friendly turf — a meeting of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. They were on a four-person panel that also included Rep. Tama Theis, the Republican candidate in 14A, and her DFL challenger Dan Wolgamott. Chamber President Teresa Bohnen moderated and chose topics that were mostly of interest to the business community.
Dorholt and Knoblach found agreement on a few issues. Neither wants the state to mandate nurse-to-patient ratios at hospitals. And both agree that state regulations should not be “one size fits all” when it comes to dealing with businesses. Both thought transportation was an important issue. But beyond that, the two were on opposite sides of nearly every other topic discussed.
Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
Republican party endorsed candidate for Minnesota's Supreme Court Michelle MacDonald complaint against her party was dismissed on Tuesday. A few hours later her request to allow TV cameras into her DWI trial was also dismissed.