Eye on Politics Ep. 1

Featuring race for MN 1st Congressional district and Rochester Mayor

Posted: Oct 9, 2018 10:51 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2018 10:45 AM

KIMT News 3 - Each week leading up to the election we are featuring races on your ballot and making sure you are informed.
We begin this week with a look at how President Donald Trump's visit to Rochester is impacting major races in Minnesota at a pivotal point in the election cycle. Republicans are working to maintain their majority in the house and senate, but they are facing some threats. The president made special reference to GOP candidate Karin Housley, who is up against Tina Smith in a special senate election. Right now polls have Smith with a slight edge over Housley. The winner of this race fills the seat left vacant when Al Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.


Another key seat on the republicans radar, the first congressional district seat in the House of Representatives. President Trump also shined a light on Jim Hagedorn on Thursday who is running for this seat for the third time. He has come close to securing it too, so he is hoping this endorsement by the president will give him the edge he needs. We asked Hagedorn and his competitor, Dan Feehan about how to ensure people have access to health care.
“We want to make sure we have private healthcare in our country, not have government control over Mayo Clinic or our fine rural hospitals. They would underfund medicine; put at risk all the 30-40 thousand people who are tied to their jobs here at Mayo Clinic. All the progress of building of hotels and businesses that would be at risk, we can't have that. I would never allow it,” says Hagedorn.
“Areas that I would want to see expanded is the idea of a public option introduced so people have something to simply compete with what the individual market offers them right now. Take farmers for example who have no choice in their healthcare. They either take this expensive option that is out there but what if there was a second option, a public option, that competed so health care options could go down in the first place,” says Feehan.
Feehan tells KIMT he takes it as a compliment to his campaign that President Trump came to this district. This will be a tight one and one to watch on November 6th.


Meanwhile, the community is getting to know the two people running for an office a little closer to home, Rochester Mayor. Candidates Kim Norton and Charlie O’Connell went head to head in front of a room of area business owners. The main topic: how government plays a role in helping local businesses. Norton and O’Connell gave their opinions on raising the minimum wage, how they would like to see the Mayo Civic Center and Experience Rochester be structured for success, and they answered the question “Should Rochester have city owned and operated broadband?”
“I am not necessarily supportive of city owned broadband but what I do think the city can do and what the city has done is change some regulations to make it more possible for other companies to come in,” says Norton.
“I would never support the city saying we are going to get into the broadband business because that industry itself is ever changing,” says O’Connell.
He says that would lead to mounting costs for the city and would be an irresponsible decision and like Norton, O’Connell would also like to see more competition move in. For more of their opinions you can head to kimt.com, this story is under local news.


If you've been waiting for your chance to vote early in Iowa, Monday the 8th is the day. The absentee ballots are ready to be mailed out or you can vote at your county auditor’s office. But at the last minute the Cerro Gordo County Auditor's Office had to fix an issue and reprint their ballots. According to acting
Auditor, Pat Wright, there were too many independent candidates running for county auditor. Four of the six were listed as independents when there can only be one for each race. That is now fixed and the ballots are ready to go.
In Minnesota, absentee voting started on September 21st and we're learning it's off to a strong start. According to the Secretary of State, as of Thursday, October 4th, voters requested more than 155,000 absentee ballots. 42,000 are already in the hands of election officials. This is a 204% increase over the same time in the 2014 mid-term election. This can mostly be attributed to the unusually high number of competitive races this fall.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 63723

Reported Deaths: 1739
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin20063845
Ramsey7904270
Dakota4670106
Anoka3891115
Stearns293520
Washington225548
Olmsted180923
Nobles17819
Scott166922
Mower11172
Rice10488
Blue Earth9606
Wright9395
Carver9153
Clay79540
Sherburne75810
Kandiyohi7251
St. Louis63620
Todd4312
Lyon4273
Watonwan3842
Freeborn3651
Nicollet36313
Steele3632
Benton3273
Winona27216
Beltrami2670
Crow Wing26514
McLeod2400
Le Sueur2371
Martin2125
Chisago2111
Otter Tail2094
Goodhue2089
Cottonwood1800
Becker1641
Pipestone1619
Polk1614
Waseca1571
Carlton1490
Itasca14612
Douglas1441
Unassigned14446
Isanti1410
Dodge1360
Pine1320
Murray1251
Chippewa1191
Morrison971
Wabasha970
Faribault930
Brown922
Rock890
Meeker882
Sibley862
Koochiching833
Jackson810
Cass793
Pennington751
Fillmore730
Mille Lacs733
Renville675
Lincoln610
Grant574
Swift571
Roseau530
Yellow Medicine530
Houston490
Pope480
Aitkin421
Norman400
Hubbard370
Kanabec372
Redwood370
Wilkin353
Marshall300
Wadena280
Mahnomen271
Big Stone250
Lake240
Red Lake240
Stevens220
Traverse150
Clearwater140
Lac qui Parle90
Lake of the Woods70
Cook60
Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51101

Reported Deaths: 965
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10800210
Woodbury378354
Black Hawk324566
Linn250389
Johnson216521
Dallas195135
Scott180815
Buena Vista180112
Dubuque177031
Marshall147527
Pottawattamie140029
Story120315
Wapello94336
Muscatine88048
Webster8678
Crawford7433
Cerro Gordo67119
Sioux6713
Warren5972
Tama56129
Plymouth49312
Jasper49028
Wright4851
Clinton4504
Dickinson3874
Louisa37814
Washington30710
Boone2783
Franklin25912
Hamilton2561
Bremer2407
Des Moines2262
Clarke2103
Clay2101
Carroll2082
Emmet1974
Marion1930
Shelby1931
Hardin1890
Floyd1753
Jackson1671
Benton1641
Allamakee1624
Poweshiek1608
Henry1464
Mahaska14417
Guthrie1425
Lee1415
Buchanan1401
Cedar1361
Jones1362
Butler1332
Madison1302
Delaware1291
Humboldt1271
Hancock1252
Lyon1242
Pocahontas1202
Clayton1163
Harrison1161
Cherokee1101
Winnebago1080
Winneshiek1061
Kossuth1020
Page1010
Taylor1000
Iowa981
Palo Alto980
Fayette960
Mills951
Monona931
Calhoun922
Cass901
Jefferson890
Osceola880
Sac870
Grundy861
Mitchell830
Union831
Monroe758
Lucas744
Worth710
Chickasaw620
Davis622
Montgomery624
Howard550
Appanoose533
Fremont450
Greene420
Keokuk411
Van Buren391
Adair380
Ida330
Audubon301
Decatur280
Ringgold241
Wayne211
Adams170
Unassigned50
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