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At Issue: Candidates enter races, GOP gets busy and accused Omar cohort denies accusations of affair

Updated: September 08, 2019 08:46 PM

Michelle Fischbach announces candidacy
Former Republican State Senate President and Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach has announced she will run against Congressman Collin Peterson. Peterson has held the seat for nearly three decades. It’s a district that is now the most Republican-leaning in the country that is represented by a Democrat. Peterson’s campaign has not yet commented on Fischbach’s announcement. Dave Hughes, who is a Republican, is also running in the race.

Rick Olson seeks GOP nod
Former Michigan state lawmaker Rick Olson has announced he will seek the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District race. Olson is an attorney in Prior Lake. In 2010, he was elected to Michigan’s House of Representatives and served one term. Democrat Angie Craig currently represents the 2nd District.

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Accused Omar cohort denies claims
Washington political consultant Tim Mynett is denying accusations by his estranged wife that he had an affair with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar. In a legal response to divorce filings by his wife, Mynett denied that he told his wife he was leaving the marriage for Omar, or that he was in love with her. A Federal Election Commission complaint filed last month shows Omar’s campaign paid Mynett’s consulting firm more than $200,000 since 2018. Congresswoman Omar has refused to comment about the situation.

Trump's economic policies hit home for GOP
State Republican leaders met with small business owners and other lawmakers to talk about President Donald Trump’s economic policies. It was a part of the nationwide Open for Business tour. They discussed the impact of the recent tax cuts and creating more jobs in Minnesota. President Trump has made Minnesota a top target for states he believes he can win in 2020.

Open enrollment for MNsure begins on Nov. 1
Open enrollment for MNsure begins on Nov. 1. Minnesotans have until Dec. 23 to enroll in plans on the State Health Exchange. People who sign up during this period of time can start using coverage at the start of 2020. Tax credits are also available for most MNsure users.

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