U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis and Incumbent Tina Smith Square Off on the Issues

Incumbent Democrat Tina Smith will battle Republican Jason Lewis for a U.S. Senate seat in November.

Real Clear Politics polling places Smith in front of Jason Lewis 48-39.9, an 8.7% spread.

Republicans haven’t won a Minnesota U.S. Senate seat since Richard Nixon won the 1972 presidential race against Sen. George McGovern by a landslide.

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Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar: Trump Shouldn’t Pick the New SCOTUS Justice

Senators Tina Smith (DFL-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) stated that President Trump shouldn’t pick the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) nominee. Instead, Smith and Klobuchar say that the newly-elected president should, and the Senate should wait to vote until then.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday from cancer complications. The SCOTUS vacancy is now the epicenter of political leaders’ attention.

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Governor Walz Sets First-Ever Standards for ‘Really Good Chance’ of Lifting Emergency Executive Orders

In an interview with The Star Tribune, Governor Tim Walz set the first standards for possibly lifting Minnesota’s emergency executive orders. His statement didn’t promise total relinquishment of his executive powers.
According to Walz, under 20 percent community spread and 4 percent test positivity rate would give Minnesota “a really good chance of doing most things.” The governor balked when questioned whether some of the restrictions were too harsh. Walz stated that his state has endured COVID-19 better than many states.

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Qualls to Receive Endorsement of Fraternal Order of Police, Lewis Nabs Support of Minneapolis Police Union

Republican Kendall Qualls will receive the endorsement of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police during a Tuesday morning press conference, his campaign said in a press release.

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Team Trump Bus Tour MAGA Meetup Comes to Marshall, Later Joined by Senate Candidate Jason Lewis

A Trump Bus Tour/MAGA meetup will arrive in Marshall, Minnesota next week. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis tweeted a link to the event signup page Sunday.

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Biden Adds Three Campaign Staffers in Minnesota

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign hired three full-time staffers this week to oversee its campaign operations in Minnesota.

According to ABC News, Ryan Doyle, who managed Keith Ellison’s campaign for attorney general, will serve as Biden’s Minnesota state director.

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DFL Targets State Senate Republicans on Police Reform in New Ad Campaign

The Minnesota DFL Party launched a new ad campaign this week targeting key Republican state senators who are accused of “standing in the way of passing real police reform.”

Jason Lewis, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a recent interview that Democrats don’t “want reform” so much as they “want a political issue.”

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Majority of Minnesota Parents Say They Are Comfortable Sending Children Back to School in Fall

A survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Education found that the majority of parents would feel comfortable sending their children back to school this fall.

Between June 15 and July 6, the agency collected more than 130,000 responses to the informal survey, which was offered in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali. A total of 64 percent of respondents said they would feel comfortable sending their children back to school in September. Of that 64 percent, 94 percent said they would send their children back to school full time.

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Jason Lewis Says Parents Should Be Refunded for Property Taxes If Schools Don’t Reopen

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis said parents should be refunded for property tax payments and tuition if schools aren’t allowed to reopen in the fall.

“The more we learn about COVID, the more it becomes apparent that we have done a huge disservice to our children in the way we have handled this virus. Research has proven that COVID presents minimal risks to young people. But what isn’t minimal is the toll this prolonged lockdown and social isolation has on our kids’ social, mental, and physical well-being,” Lewis said in a statement released Wednesday.

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Tom Cotton Runs Digital Ad in Minnesota, Says Biden ‘Too Confused to Lead’ 

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), whom The Wall Street Journal recently described as the “heir to Trumpism,” has launched a new ad attacking Joe Biden for his failure to stand up to the “liberal mob.”

Cotton is running unopposed in his reelection bid and is considered a likely future presidential candidate for the Republicans.

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‘Absolute Lie’: DFL Chairman Falsely Claims Jason Lewis ‘Denouncing Need for Police Reform’

Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin falsely claimed that Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis is “denouncing the need for police reform.”

Lewis, a former congressman who’s running against Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), hosted a press conference Monday outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct to express his support for the “good men and women of law enforcement,” and condemn Democratic efforts to abolish the police.

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Jason Lewis Calls for Curfew Amid Minneapolis Riots, Slams City Leaders for ‘Incompetence’

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis called on Minneapolis leaders to institute a curfew in response to the ongoing riots that have left portions of the city in ruins.

“For many decades now, with only a rare exception or two, Minneapolis and St. Paul have been governed by liberal Democrats. The promise of a new day or the ‘good life’ has animated their political ascendancy but the reality is things have deteriorated to the breaking point we are now witnessing,” Lewis said in a statement.

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Jason Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Walz Over Stay at Home Order

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Tim Walz over his stay-at-home order.

The lawsuit marks at least the third legal challenge to Walz’s stay-at-home order. According to a press release from Lewis’s campaign, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for the District of Minnesota.

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Lewis Says Any Politician Who Purports to Represent the People Can’t ‘Deny Them Their God-Given Right to Earn a Living’

  There’s no “pandemic exception” to the Bill of Rights, Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis told The Minnesota Sun in a recent interview. That’s the same argument U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr made in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. “We have three branches of government, and allowing the…

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Jason Lewis Says Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar Have Made a Mockery of #MeToo Movement

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith have made a mockery of the #MeToo Movement by remaining silent in the face of sexual assault accusations against former Vice President Joe Biden, Senate candidate Jason Lewis said.

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Jason Lewis Running for ‘Forgotten Man and Woman,’ Calls Opponent ‘Poster Child’ of the Elite

  Republican Jason Lewis, a former conservative radio host turned congressman, said his campaign for the U.S. Senate will be about the “forgotten man and woman in Minnesota.” His opponent, Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), on the other hand, has become “the poster child for how the DFL has left behind…

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Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Launches ‘Reopen Minnesota for Business’ RV Tour

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced last week that he will be embarking on a “Reopen Minnesota for Business” RV tour in protest of the economic shutdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lewis’ campaign said the tour began Friday with select stops in the Metro area. The former congressman said he plans to meet with small business owners impacted by the coronavirus shutdown throughout the course of the tour.

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Trump Tweets Support for Hundreds of Minnesotans Who Gathered Friday to Protest Gov. Walz

President Donald Trump expressed his support Friday for the hundreds of Minnesotans who gathered outside the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul to protest Gov. Tim Walz.

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Jason Lewis Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate at Minnesota State Fair: ‘I’m Going to Fight Back’

Jason Lewis, a former congressman from Minnesota’s Second Congressional District and popular conservative radio host, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Thursday.

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Jason Lewis Considering Another Run, Possibly for Senate

  Former Rep. Jason Lewis confirmed this week that he’s considering another run for office, this time possibly against Sen. Tina Smith. Lewis told The Star Tribune that he won’t officially make a decision until early fall, but said “that’s plenty of time to run a vigorous campaign against a…

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Angie Craig Facing Criticism for Impeachment Comments

  Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN-02) hosted her fourth town hall last week and received several questions from constituents on moving forward with impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. Up until Tuesday’s town hall, Craig had taken a relatively moderate position on the issue of impeachment and believed it shouldn’t be…

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Jason Lewis’ Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Signed Into Law

Rep. Jason Lewis’ (R-MN-02) Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) was signed into law Friday by President Donald Trump as part of Congress’ sweeping criminal justice reform measures. According to Lewis, the JJRA hadn’t been “reauthorized or modernized since 2002.” Lewis’ reforms respond to the need for alternatives to detaining juveniles…

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Jason Lewis Blames McCain Opposition to ObamaCare Repeal for Losing House

Republican Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN-02), who lost his bid for reelection Tuesday, attributes the Republican Party’s loss of the House to Sen. John McCain’s opposition to repealing ObamaCare. In a Monday op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Lewis writes that McCain’s vote against a repeal prompted a “green wave” of…

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House Winners And Losers: DFL And GOP Both Flip Two Seats in Minnesota

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party won five of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts, adding to an already decisive night of Democratic victories across the state. There were, however, some key Republican upsets throughout Minnesota, particularly in Minnesota’s First Congressional District where Republican Jim Hagedorn was called the winner early Wednesday morning. Republican…

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Tina Smith Listed Among Top 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) was recently listed as one of the top 10 most vulnerable senators seeking reelection in the nation, joining fellow Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Unlike like her Democratic colleagues, however, Smith is campaigning in her first race for the U.S.…

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Angie Craig Called ‘Manufactured Candidate’ After Minnesota Stereotype-Laden Ad

Minnesota voters are pushing back against a final ad released by Democrat Angie Craig, who claims in her commercial that Minnesotans are known for saying “there’s nothing that can’t be solved over a beer.” “We’ve got a saying in Minnesota: there’s nothing that can’t be solved over a beer,” Craig…

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Another DFL Candidate Vague On $15 Minimum Wage, Calls Question ‘Unfair’

Democrat Angie Craig recently refused to state whether she supports implementing a $15 federal minimum wage, calling the question “unfair.” During a debate hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the moderator asked the candidates to simply state “yes” or “no” in response to the question. “No,” incumbent…

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Angie Craig Takes Cue From Smith and Skips Debate

Democratic congressional candidate Angie Craig talks a big game when it comes to showing up for Minnesota voters, but the press is beginning to agree that she’s hard to “pin down.” According to a recent press release, Craig’s final round of ads focuses on “her conversations with Second District families,”…

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New Polls Show Another Tight Race in Jason Lewis and Angie Craig Rematch

Incumbent Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) pulled off a surprising upset in the 2016 election, but polls are showing that he’s facing another tough challenge in his rematch with Angie Craig. According to the latest New York Times and Sienna College poll, Craig leads Lewis 51 percent to 39 percent among…

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Twin Cities Met Council to Undergo Federal Review Over its Unelected Board

Jason Lewis

Minnesota’s Met Council is now under federal review by the U.S. Department of Transportation after facing years of criticism over its undemocratic structure. The Twin Cities Met Council consists of 17 unelected officials, including its chair, all of whom are appointed by the state’s governor to oversee several of the…

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Polls Show ‘Toss Up’ In Rematch for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District

Jason Lewis, Angie Craig

As predicted, the race for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District is a “toss-up,” with a new poll showing that Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) and Democrat Angie Craig are essentially tied. According to a new KSTP and SurveyUSA poll, Craig leads Lewis by three percentage points in her second bid for the…

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Flurry of Attack Ads Points to Importance of Minnesota in Midterm Elections

Minnesotans may soon resort to turning off their televisions lest they suffer through the swarm of political attack ads invading their homes. The high numbers of ads, and the even higher amount of money being spent on them, highlights Minnesota’s importance in the 2018 midterms. “There’s no way around it:…

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Angie Craig’s Former Employer Was Sued for Racial Bias in Hiring Process

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A new ad released by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) claims that Angie Craig’s former employer was sued for more than $3 million in a racial-bias lawsuit. “Her companies have had a long history of lawsuits and a culture of corruption, falsify sales and financial statements to defraud investors,…

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Race for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District Heats Up, But Candidates Can’t Agree On Debates

Jason Lewis, Angie Craig

The race for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District is beginning to heat up, with a new poll showing that incumbent Rep. Jason Lewis has a small lead over opponent Angie Craig. Lewis defeated Craig in a surprise 2016 upset, but now the two will face off once again in what will…

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In Second Shot at Congress, Angie Craig Blames Her 2016 Loss on Hillary Clinton, Trump Voters

Angie Craig, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

After a failed 2016 campaign, Democrat Angie Craig is back on the campaign trail in the hopes of unseating her 2016 victor, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN-02). Craig, who would have become the first lesbian mother in Congress, was one of the Democratic Party’s top candidates in 2016, but ultimately lost…

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