STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Political notebook: Forecast to take budget temperature
By Don Davis
One of the big days of the Minnesota legislative session arrives Thursday, when state fiscal leaders announce how state revenues and spending are doing.
The budget forecast, released tw... Posted on 2/22/13 at 4:21 PM
Republican Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack said today that he will push to open two new precious metals mines in northeastern Minnesota as he prepares to take office after unseating 18-term Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar.
There's no love lost on the Iron Range as the Eighth District congressional seat changes hands for the first time in nearly 40 years. Outgoing Democrat Jim Oberstar and Republican Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack have not spoken since Cravaack upset the dean of the Minnesota delegation on Nov. 2.
On the day after losing an election for the first time in his life, as he fought back tears and tried to recall 36 years of service in Congress, Jim Oberstar talked about a plethora of construction projects — from freeway bridges to airport terminals, ports and bike paths — that he helped bring to fruition.
Retired Navy helicopter and Northwest Airlines pilot Chip Cravaack defeated the longest-serving congressman in Minnesota history early today, edging out Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and joining a Republican wave that won the party a U.S. House majority.
Republican Chip Cravaack edged U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the northeast Minnesota district 48 percent to 47 percent with 98 percent of precincts counted. The lead early today was just more than 4,000 votes.
UPDATED 7:52 A.M. Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar fell victim to the GOP's nationwide blitz, losing to upstart Republican Chip Cravaack in an astonishing ouster for an 18-term congressman with a perch atop the powerful House Transportation Committee.
Now back in the Twin Ports safe and sound, the teens stranded in Hawaii after their aunt died last Monday are trying to regain some normalcy. Meanwhile, their relatives have turned to U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar to help find answers about why, from their perspective, a major airline and online travel company fought them in their quest to get the teens home.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar visited the Gulf Coast on Friday to assess the oil spill and recovery efforts. They’re part of a delegation touring the area in advance of next week’s hearings on the spill.
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, May 08, 2010
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