What questions do you want answered by candidates running for election in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District?

Questions for MN-08 candidates

North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-Route

Do you support the reroute of the North Country Trail through the Arrowhead, which would avoid having to build a 100-mile section of the trail through swamp? And will you introduce re-route legislation early in the next congress? List of local entities that support the Re-route: • Cass County • Aitkin County • Itasca County • Lake County • Cook County • Carlton County • City of Grand Rapids • City of Tower • City of ...more »

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Ship Ballast Regulation

Congress is in the midst of debate over a bill that would set a national standard for how many live organisms can be permitted in ballast water. It's an important issue to the Great Lakes shipping industry: ship ballasts spread non-native species such as zebra and quagga mussels, which threaten the state's ecology, but the shipping industry says that the patchwork of state rules is difficult to follow. Environmentalists ...more »

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Returning Veterans

Returning veterans are having a difficult time find civilian jobs upon ending their time of service, leading to a spiral of joblessness and depression. With an influx of troops returning from Iraq occurring by year's end, this problem will only worsen.

What ideas do you have about helping veterans find suitable jobs, battle depression, and reintegrate in a deserving manner?

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Protecting the Great Lakes, Improving Shipping infrastructure

President Obama has sided with commercial interests in refusing to block the flow of invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes via the Chicago river. What would you do to ensure that the integrity of Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes? I'd also like to hear what each candidate thinks about creating a new American Investment and Recovery Act focused on the improving and modernizing the 50-plus year old infrastructure ...more »

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Indian Gaming

Fond du Lac Reservation and the City of Duluth collaborated 25 years ago to create "Fond-Du-Luth" casino. They concept was revolutionary at the time and has spurred important development in both Duluth and Fond du Lac Band. The relationship has been strained recently and earlier this year the Indian Gaming Commission ruled against Duluth in it's dispute with the band: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/31/fond-du-luth-casino/ ...more »

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