Tom Emmer

Mining Concerns Animate Minnesota Swing District
Rick Nolan gets challenger for DFL endorsement

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan, center, talks with Mark Froemke, right, and Wayne Fleischhacker, of the AFL-CIO, during a fish fry and fundraiser last fall. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

First-time candidate Leah Phifer doesn’t have many policy differences with Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan — an original co-sponsor of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act — except on one issue.

Phifer thinks her fellow Democrat has gone too far toward siding with the mining industry. The former FBI counterterrorism analyst is seeking the DFL’s endorsement for Minnesota’s 8th District and kicked off her campaign over the weekend.

Beyer on the Words That Made His Spelling Bee Career
Virginia Democrat tries to win back his National Press Club Spelling Bee title

Members of the politicians’ team after the National Press Club Spelling Bee in 2015. From left, Rep. Brad Ashford of Nebraska, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey, the winner Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. of Virginia, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota. (Courtesy Noel St. John/National Press Club)

In one of Washington’s most beloved nerdfests, members of Congress will take on members of the D.C. media in the National Press Club Spelling Bee on Tuesday.

Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., who won for the politicians’ team in 2015, has redemption on his mind.

Councilwoman Apologizes for Calling Emmer ‘Whore’
Congressman’s staff took comment on Facebook image as a threat

A Minnesota city councilwoman apologized to Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., for what she called a “total lapse in judgment” in commenting on his Facebook page. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Minnesota city councilwoman said she formally apologized to Republican Rep. Tom Emmer for writing what was taken as a threat on the congressman’s Facebook page. 

Melissa Maher, a city councilwoman in Lino Lakes, wrote on a photo of Emmer meeting with farmers that he should “avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand,” the Pioneer-Press reported.

Emmer Blames Moderates for Health Care Failure
Tries to deflect criticism of conservatives opposed to legislation

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., blamed moderates for the failure of Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer blamed moderate Republicans for the failure last week of Republican legislation to replace the 2010 health care law.

In an interview with Twin Cities News Talk, Emmer said conservatives like himself were not responsible for the failure of the legislation known as the American Health Care Act, “Closing Argument” host Walter Hudson posted on PJ Media.

Word on the Hill: Hotdish Time
West Virginia, baseball and women

Last year's hotdish made by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was titled "The Most Beautiful Hotdish in the World," in honor of Prince. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Minnesota tradition of eating “hotdish” and listening to Al Franken’s jokes is here again.

Franken is hosting the seventh annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition, and will be joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Collin C. Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis.

Word on the Hill: Week Wraps Up
Animals, actors, and singers

California Rep. Ed Royce shows off George the kangaroo at a World Wildlife Day event hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society on Capitol Hill this week. (Chip Weiskotten/WCS)

Happy Friday of a very busy week in Washington! And, a belated Happy Women’s History Month!

Here are a few things that happened this week worth checking out.

Word on the Hill: Hockey Challenge
Maker Caucus events all day

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen celebrates a goal for Team Lawmakers during the 8th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members and staffers team up to face off against lobbyists tonight at the 9th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge

On the lawmakers’ roster, Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y., will be joined by staffers and three Canadian members of Parliament.

Town Hall Mostly Civil, Emmer Doesn’t Have to Leave
Chief of staff had said congressman would leave if crowd got unruly

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., had a civil discussion at his town hall after threatening to leave if it got too raucous. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After initially threatening to cancel a town hall if it got too rowdy, Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer saw a mostly civil back and forth with constituents.

Emmer apologized for holding the event at the Sartell City Hall, which held 150 people and left many of the hundreds of people who were in line outside, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

Emmer Promises to Leave Town Hall if it Gets Rowdy
This is why we can’t have nice things

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said he’ll leave his town hall on Wednesday if things get too rowdy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., warned that he will leave a town hall event on Wednesday if it gets too raucous.

According to the Star Tribune, Emmer made the warning in light of a recent outburst of protesters at town hall events for other Republican members of Congress, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.