“I’ve been stunned by his disregard for the intelligence of the people in our state.,” Dahlberg said. “He has consistently been unwilling or unable to answer even the simplest questions about where he stands on issues.”
Citing convention delegates, the McFadden campaign turned the criticism back on Dahlberg.
“They are sick and tired of Republican candidates beating each other up,” said McFadden campaign spokesman Tom Erickson. “Our campaign is focused on defeating Sen. Franken, and we’d encourage the other Republican candidates to do the same.”
Dahlberg defended his criticism.
“I realize some may say that by pointing out Mr. McFadden’s evasiveness, I’m breaking Reagan’s rule about not personally attacking fellow Republicans.,” said Dahlberg. “There’s nothing personal about this, and I will never personally attack Mr. McFadden, Senator Franken or any other candidate. I am simply questioning why someone who wishes to represent Minnesotans has difficulty with public questions about the issues. And that’s fair game”
Dahlberg also criticised McFadden for not pledging to abide by the GOP endorsement.
Minnesota Republicans meet for their state convention at the end of May, but a hard-fought primary battle will likely be needed to determine the eventual GOP nominee to take on Franken in November.
Supporters of legal marijuana packed the Minnesota Capitol rotunda today.
Lawmakers are debating a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, but members of Minnesota’s Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws are pushing a much broader effort – full legalization of marijuana.
No bills have been introduced this session to legalize marijuana but Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, told the rally she supports it to increase state revenue and reduce arrests for possession.
“Let’s create a system right here at this Capitol where we can tax, where we can regulate the sales and increase the revenue at the state of Minnesota so we can invest more wisely in all of us.”
Backers of medical marijuana were careful to distance themselves from the rally.
“The larger legalization effort is distracting from what we’re proposing to do,” said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. “The focus of this bill is very much on people who are ill and suffering from very chronic symptoms, conditions and diseases and have no relief available to them now.”
But Nathan Ness, organizing director for Minnesota’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws, said there’s no reason to limit marijuana use to people who need it for medical reasons.
“We’re rescuing the issue back from the strictly medical community. We don’t want this thing to be controlled by pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists from DC,” he said. “When you actually go around the state and talk to people, they do support full legalization.”
Both groups are at odds with police and prosecutors who don’t want to increase access to marijuana.
A Senate committee is scheduled to debate the medical marijuana bill on Friday.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a package of workplace protections for women. Lawmakers voted 51-14 today for the bill, which is known as the Women’s Economic Security Act. Under the bill, companies with government contracts would have to certify that they pay men and women equally. Employers would no longer be able to prevent workers Read more →
GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is trying to convince voters that Sen. Al Franken voted to exempt himself from new rules in the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a clip from McFadden’s first television ad. “Franken voted for Obamacare and voted to exempt himself and Congress from enrolling in it.” There’s only a sliver of truth Read more →
Welcome to the Daily Digest. The Legislature is back after a week off, and they have a few more weeks to wrap up business for the year. Minnesota: Online gambling isn’t getting much support at the Capitol. (MPR News) Both sides of the aisle see political opportunity in the new bullying law. (MPR News) Gov. Read more →
The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring police to obtain a warrant in order to track a person’s location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The vote today was 56 -1. Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. There’s also a requirement for notifying people when Read more →
Medical marijuana advocates are urging state lawmakers to take action on their bill before the end of the 2014 session. During a state Capitol news conference today, they highlighted a growing list of physicians and clergy members who support the legalization of medical marijuana. The bill would allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with Read more →
State Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, said today that he’s retiring from the Minnesota House to campaign for U.S. Senate. Abeler made the announcement to show supporters that he’s focused solely on his bid for the Senate. Up until now he has left open the possibility of running again for his House seat, even though he Read more →
Another political fund meant to help DFL Sen. Al Franken win re-election has posted its latest finance report. The 10,000 Lakes Victory 2014 fund raised about $36,500 since the start of the year, when it was first created. It’s a joint fundraising committee set up between Franken’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Read more →