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Reported hate crimes spiked by 17 percent nationwide and 23 percent in Minnesota, according to a new FBI report released Tuesday, Nov. 13. Last year, 7,175 crimes were reported nationwide, up from 6,121 in 2016. In Minnesota, 42 law enforcement agencies reported 146 bias-related crimes, up from 119 in 2016. The prior two years saw a decrease. A separate report from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows there were 48 anti-black, 21 anti-white, 21 anti-LGBT, 16 anti-Jewish and 10 anti-Muslim incidents.
Stan Karwoski and Wayne Johnson have won the two Washington County district commissioner races.
Tom Ingemann and Laurie Elliott have won the Newport City Council election. The two will fill the at-large representative positions left by Tracy Rahm and Roz Johnson, who decided not to run for re-election. Out of the five candidates running, Elliott earned 27 percent of the vote, while Ingemann won about 21 percent. Ingemann served 15 years until he lost in the 2016 election, and Schottmuller served from 1998 through 2010, choosing not to run for re-election.
Mirroring a nationwide trend of U.S. House seats flipping from Republicans to Democrats, Angie Craig ousted Rep. Jason Lewis in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional district with a 5 percent margin. The victory marks the first time in 18 years that a Democrat has been elected to represent the district. It also signifies a key victory for Democrats across the country, who have been campaigning to flip at least 23 U.S. House seats to regain party majority.
A record amount of outside spending has flowed into U.S. House races in Minnesota, including the 2nd Congressional District.
When Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 candidates Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs are out door-knocking, they often find themselves explaining how local government works. "It is known to be kind of the invisible layer of government," Karwoski said. While interest in national politics has increased in recent years, voter turnout for municipal races remains low. During the August 2018 primary, about 2,300 voters selected a gubernatorial candidate but skipped filling out their ballot for Washington County Board.
In a review of five months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis' nationally broadcast radio show, CNN has found he at one point questioned the validity of trauma caused by sexual harassment. At the time, Lewis was discussing the recent sexual harassment allegations against the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, according to CNN. By Nov. 8, 2011, four women had claimed they had been verbally or physically sexually harassed by Cain, the Washington Post reported at the time. Cain denied these allegations and was never criminally charged.
Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District race has garnered national attention as one of the most competitive midterm elections. The election is a rematch between democrat Angie Craig and first-term incumbent Rep. Jason Lewis, a republican who won the open seat in 2016 by 2 percentage points. The district is considered a “battleground,” with both parties hoping to snag it as they seek majority of the U.S. House.
After spending about two decades in the medical device industry, Angie Craig says she can bring a fresh perspective and expertise to the nation’s health care reform movement.
Ahead of the Nov. 6 election, U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis spoke with RiverTown Multimedia about key issues, including health care, school safety and climate change. In this year’s rematch against his opponent from 2016, democrat Angie Craig, Lewis’s key campaign topics include support for technical skills training for high school students, expanding Republicans’ tax reform efforts and pledging to be an independent voice for Minnesota, pointing to his work on bipartisan bills.