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We endorse in 8th District: Rep. Cravaack

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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:58 pm | Updated: 9:33 pm, Sat Oct 20, 2012.

Two years ago we endorsed then Rep. Jim Oberstar for re-election to a 19th term. We are glad we were wrong.

Today we are proud to give our endorsement in the 8th District congressional race to Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack over Democratic Party challenger Rick Nolan.

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  • OldIronRanger posted at 11:25 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    OldIronRanger Posts: 1

    Cravaack said he wants to make the 8th District the Bakken Field of mining, a reference to the area of Canada and North Dakota that has seen explosive growth in oil production. That's my greatest dream, to make Minnesota into North Dakota East. The man camps, the prostitution, this is gonna be great! All the while I will be able to cheer on my favorite NASCAR drivers sponsored by federal funds, thanks to Chip.

  • olyhome1 posted at 8:08 pm on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

    olyhome1 Posts: 6

    No, No,No, chip IS NOT for the best interests of the iron range. despite what he says he is not for us... he is for the 1%. He and his fat cat republican buddies want to do away with unions and good wages. Job creators indeed ! Just give them a chance they will show you how they intend to create those minimum wage jobs. You people would do well to remember how things were years ago and will go right back to that way if he gets his way. Anyone who would write legislation to get rid of the e.p.a is not for us. bottom line is it's more profits for mining companies and gives them a tail light warranty for the range. open the flood gates for massive water and air pollution. He is no friend of mine or my families. And to the fox parakeets... you drink the water and i hope you dont have asthma !

  • saunders posted at 5:48 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    saunders Posts: 84

    Sorry there ERDoc. Cravaack, in fact, supports the rank and file better than any of our politicians with the possible exception of Begich and Rukavina. He isn't as coarse as JoeB and Tommy, but he gets it and union bosses don't intimidate him. He's a big boy and seen it all before, actually, unlike many union bigwigs, he is a rather intelligent man.

  • ERDoc posted at 9:06 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    ERDoc Posts: 1

    Seriously? Seriously??? Chip Cravaack does not support workers in any situation at all. Chip supports the large multinational corporations. If his support happens to increase jobs on the Range, that is purely coincidental. Chip might have been expected to support union workers, as a former union steward, but he has betrayed his past. He votes with the Republican party under virtually all circumstances. He does not have the interests of Range citizens at heart. He is a loyal party-line Republican and can be counted on to betray Rangers whenever the interests of the 1% are at stake.

  • hardrockminer posted at 5:31 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    hardrockminer Posts: 73

    Hopefully intelligent, clear heads will prevail this November 6th. People need to look at the big picture and not just what "they are going to get". "Ask not what your country can do for you....etc" applies more than ever this year. Cravaak and Romney are the LEADERS we need now. We want jobs now, not welfare checks and food stamps!

  • LuckyMe posted at 7:34 pm on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    LuckyMe Posts: 229

    The old way doesn't work anymore, thank goodness!! The younger generation is alot better educated than the "Old Guard". Things change!! Get used to it!!!

  • ironranger6 posted at 10:00 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    ironranger6 Posts: 109

    There is no other choice.......why would anybody support voting for Nolan who will vote in lock step with Obama if he could......he will support every sierra club idea....basically turn the range into a welfare poverty zone........keep Nolan away from any position that could have an effect on the iron range!

  • johnwinger posted at 6:37 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    johnwinger Posts: 32

    I never thought I would live to see the day that the MDN would endorse
    a Republican, but it's about time. Go Chip go!

  • John Galt posted at 5:10 pm on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    John Galt Posts: 97

    I am surprised you are not grateful you are wrong now.


  • elghund1 posted at 8:13 am on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    elghund1 Posts: 38

    Chip Cravaack is hands down the best option for the 8th district for all of the reasons listed in the article. I believe that Rick Nolan is more committed to the Twin Cities & DFL environmental extremists than for developing the economic livelihood of this area. Mr. Cravaack has taken care of business for us and any development is already under much state and federal regulation, I can't see where that Mr. Nolan has made the case to change a good thing, lip service for Polymet and Twin Metals from Mr. Nolan doesn't create jobs, it drives them away from our area. The EPA is squeezing mining already, should we continue to help that process along with a vote for Mr. Nolan? Counterproductive at best when he is lined up ideologically with extremist groups such as the Sierra Club and "Friends" who are against any type of mining at all so they can feel all warm and fuzzy all over. Mining can be done environmentally safely and has been, common sense with policy left town when the Twin Cities democratic party was taken over by them. We shouldn't go back to a state of inaction that would be present with Mr. Nolan.


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