"Unprecedented cowardice," says Republican challenger Scott Jensen about Governor Tim Walz refusing to debate him at this year's Minnesota State Fair. Jensen says Walz may be running for governor but the question is, what is he running *from*: "Is he running from record inflation?... Is he running from the fact that he didn't put the National Guard on the streets, that he let the Third Precinct go down, that he let the Christopher Columbus statue get torn from his perch? Is that what he's running from?" A Walz campaign spokesman responds the governor never agreed to debate at the State Fair, [...]
The 2022 Great Minnesota Get-Together begins a week from Thursday. If you like to save money at the fair, spokeswoman Maria Hayden says you can pick up your Blue Ribbon Discount book ahead of time at metro area Cub stores... "You can also stop by the State Fairgrounds right now, our ticket office is available at the loop gate currently until August 24th." Discount tickets are also available now at Cub stores and online at mnstatefair.org. The Great Minnesota Get Together runs this year from August 25th to Labor Day, September 5th.
To prepare for the upcoming Farm Bill negotiations, Second Harvest Heartland is holding a series of listening sessions across the state. More than 75% of Farm Bill spending goes to nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Mary Gardner is with the Monticello Help Center: "Today we're getting on average 100 new clients per month with the economy the way it is. The food is not as prevalent out there the donations are not as prevalent out there today." Demand is up at foodbanks statewide.
Republicans say just-released figures prove violent crime has skyrocketed under the failed leadership of Governor Tim Walz and Democrats, and says they're prepared to fix it with major investments in public safety and stronger penalties for criminals. Governor Walz says Minnesotans have every right to be angry and upset: "As we know, the last few years are the record highs that we've ever seen in crime. They should expect to see this year that stop, and starting to come down -- and these folks are doing it, but they can't do it alone." ...Walz is talking about law enforcement. He announced [...]
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says voter turnout was good for Tuesday's primary election. Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned. We asked Simon if that could be an indicator of turnout for the general election in November... "I say no because there are examples just in the last 10 years where turnout was really really low in the primary election in August but in the general election we were number one in the country so they're really disconnected they're really two totally different kinds of creatures." The general election this year is on November 8th.
Top analyst: Special election win in 1st Congressional District likely gives Finstad advantage in November
Republican Brad Finstad defeated Democrat Jeff Ettinger in a special election in Minnesota's First Congressional District and will serve out the remaining months in the term of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Finstad probably has an advantage going into the November election against Ettinger: "It was a district of course that was already leaning Republican. The redistricting, of which the November election will now kick in for, is even a little bit more Republican that the one for the special election." Schultz says it's questionable whether Finstad will gain much of an "incumbency" advantage [...]
Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned out and voted in Tuesday's primary election. Which isn't too bad, says Secretary of State Steve Simon... "So much of the turnout is focused year after year after year on whether or not and to what extent there are contests that are close contests that are interesting that are getting a lot of attention when there are a lot of those turnout tends to be high when they're not so many turnout tends to be low." Simon says 18-percent may seem like a low number, but typically but primary voter turnout is "much, much [...]
Republican Brad Finstad soundly defeated (by a three-to-one margin) G-O-P challenger Jeremy Munson in Tuesday's primary election for U-S House in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District -- meaning he'll be on the ballot this fall against Democrat Jeff Ettinger. And Finstad also is the apparent winner against Ettinger in a special election and will serve the rest of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn's term. He says it gives him momentum for the November election... "It's I think a sign or a signal that... common-sense southern Minnesota conservative values that I've displayed my entire life and career are what voters are asking [...]
Republican-endorsed candidate Jim Schultz will be on the ballot this fall against Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison, after beating G-O-P challenger Doug Wardlow by more than 15 points in Tuesday's primary election. Schultz says people responded to his message: "Minnesotans deserve a safer state -- a state in which they can live and raise their families in safety, where they can go to our major cities and be confident they'll be safe, where they can live in our major cities and be confident that they'll be safe -- and we haven't had that for the past few years." Wardlow highlighted differences [...]
Though cases of COVID are down, relatively speaking, the cumulative psychological impact of two-and-a-half years of dealing with the pandemic is taking a toll. So says Dr. Kaz Nelson with the University of Minnesota... "There's tremendous fatigue from people taking steps to mitigate and manage living in a pandemic and a very strong urge to adopt the previous patterns and behaviors that we had prior to when the pandemic took place." Dr. Nelson says it's important for our health--both physical and mental--that we continue to follow the advice of public health officials and infectious disease experts when it comes to being [...]