Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline.
Minnesota Republican candidate for Governor Jeff Johnson says if elected he will slow the growth in the minimum wage.
“The minimum wage should not be what anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a career. They should aspire to a job that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage won’t do that.”
Johnson made the comments to the press a day after winning a plurality in a four candidate Republican primary that had very low voter turnout. The competing DFL primary which didn’t have as many competitive races attracted about 7,000 more voters. Johnson said he doesn’t see that as an indicator that he faces problems in his general election battle with Governor Mark Dayton.
“Republicans are not accustomed to primaries. We just don’t have them. We haven’t had one for 20 some years.”
Hot button building issue really not so big
Johnson also admitted that the spending on a new Senate office building is really a small amount in the big picture. “In the grand scheme of things its a small amount of money in the overall budget. But it’s a pretty important symbol as to where the priorities are right now with all DFL control and in the Dayton administration. I think people want to stop it.” Republicans have seized on the new building as a campaign issue.
Senator Al Franken and Mike McFadden faced off for the first time this campaign season. This was followed by an 11 candidate congressional forum.
Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken's campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. What followed was a polite but tense conversation between the group and the Senator.