A group is sending out campaign literature in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District that takes issue with some of DFLer Rick Nolan's votes on abortion.
Women Vote!, the political arm of Emily's List, says in the mailing that Democrat Tarryl Clark will protect abortion rights for women. It raises Nolan's voting record on abortion during his tenure in Congress in the 1970s.
"As a member of Congress, Rick Nolan failed to protect a woman's right to choose, voting repeatedly in favor of limiting access to abortions for some low-income women," the mailing says.
This is the first action Emily's List has taken on behalf of Clark. The group, which works to elect female candidates who support legalized abortion, endorsed Clark's candidacy last year. A spokeswoman for Women Vote! did not returned messages to comment on the group's activity in the race.
Nolan's campaign reacted swiftly to the lit piece. In a statement, Nolan said the mailing "badly distorts" his record.
"I've been in the forefront of the battles for choice, women's rights, and Planned Parenthood for more than 30 years. In fact, my wife, Mary, and I were holding a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood here in the 8th District on the very night the Brainerd Planned Parenthood office was firebombed in August 1994. We will never turn the clock back for women on my watch."
Nolan, Clark and former Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson are competing for the 8th District DFL nomination. Clark and Nolan have largely held back on criticizing each other during the primary battle, but that appears to be changing in the final two weeks before DFLers head to the polls.
Here are the two lit pieces. Click on each picture for a larger image. (Sorry, we don't have higher resolution for the Nolan votes listed at the bottom of the mailer. We altered the images to remove addressee information.)1 Comments)
GOP legislative leaders have scheduled a joint House-Senate hearing to focus on flood relief for northeastern Minnesota. Tuesday's hearing will focus on the infrastructure and individual damage caused by the summer flooding that affected Duluth and surrounding communities. Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders say they hope to call a one-day special session later this month to appropriate funding for affected communities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already declared the area a disaster area which will allow federal money to pay for 75 percent of the recovery. Dayton says he'd like to see the state pay for the rest of the clean-up costs.
Dayton has also appealed a decision by FEMA to reject flood recovery funds for individuals. The agency said the damage was not widespread enough to merit those funds.
The legislative hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 at the State Capitol.
Posted at 1:46 PM on August 2, 2012
by Brett Neely
Filed under: U.S. House
WASHINGTON - Erik Paulsen's rapid rise on Capitol Hill continued Thursday after the two-term Republican Congressman was appointed the temporary chairman of a subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Paulsen will take the helm of the Human Resources Subcommittee, which has oversight over welfare and unemployment programs, after the sudden resignation of the committee's chairman, U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), earlier this week.
After serving just one term, Paulsen snagged a highly-coveted seat on Ways and Means at the beginning of this Congress in January 2011. It's considered a plum assignment because of the committee's jurisdiction over the tax code.
"I appreciate that he has agreed to lead the subcommittee for the remainder of the year, and I am confident that he will do a terrific job in his new role," said Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI).