First off, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce President John Wade put an end to speculation that he would seek the Republican endorsement for the 1st Congressional District. Wade said in a statement that "While honored by the support and invitation of many of my friends and colleagues, I will neither pursue nor accept the Republican Party's endorsement." Here is the story.That leaves four Republicans vying for the nomination to run against Democratic Congressman Tim Walz. They are House Assistant Minority Leader Randy Demmer, former congressional staffer Jim Hagedorn, Army veteran Frank McKinzie and former state Rep. Allen Quist.
Meanwhile, Rochester's quest for $34 million in state bonding money to expand the Mayo Civic Center got a boost yesterday. Rep. Alice Hausman, who chairs the House Capital Investment Finance Division Committee, said she is "very positively inclined" to support Rochester's request. Here's the story.
Walz also visited with high school students yesterday in Rochester. He talked about health care reform and the war in Afghanistan. Here is that story.