In former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, Republicans thought they had found the perfect candidate to unseat the fifteen-term incumbent. The ag industry doesn’t appear to share their enthusiasm.
Incumbent DFLer Rep. Collin Peterson’s margins of victory have been shrinking in recent elections. Will a better-known, better-funded opponent — and having Trump on the ballot — finally end his congressional career?
After a lengthy convention over Zoom, the party endorsed former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach. But she now faces four primary challengers, including two-time previous candidate Dave Hughes.
The committee has close ties to the American sugar industry.
“In all likelihood, some of us are gonna lose our jobs over it,” Rep. Dean Phillips told Vice News earlier this week.
“They’re basically giving the middle finger to the whole endorsing process,” said Dave Hughes, who has twice been the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson.
In 2018, Minnesota was the number three state for raising pigs in the U.S.
Peterson has spent close to three decades in Washington protecting sugar-industry interests.
The wall may be a waste of money, but, according to Peterson: “We’ve wasted money on stupider things than this.”
Speaking at Fleming Field airport in South St. Paul, Peterson offered some insights on the legislation — and the political dynamics of why it took so long for lawmakers to reach an agreement.
After the 2018 election, there’s just one piece missing in the GOP takeover of rural Minnesota: CD7.
Congress has long depended on the coalition formed by uniting agriculture and consumer interests to pass the Farm Bill. In the past, that’s warded off partisan bickering and brinksmanship.
That Minnesota Democrats moved so swiftly to back Smith speaks to broad support in D.C. for Dayton’s decision.
As a Democrat representing a heavily Republican district, defeating Peterson should be a top priority for the GOP. Not this year.
Minnesota is one of the nation’s leading producers of sugar. But that all depends on a lot of help from the federal government.
Two years ago, the Republican Party made beating Peterson a cause. It succeeded only in making him mad.
Minnesota representatives sounded optimistic but urgent notes.
Pundits don’t see many opportunities for either party in Minnesota’s U.S. House races for 2016.
Their perspectives range the spectrum from cautious optimism to resigned indignation.
Rep. Tom Emmer said he could support normalizing relations with Cuba, so long as the Obama administration’s negotiations bear fruit.