From left to right and back again, all 10 Minnesotans in Congress, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, gatherered Tuesday in the taxidermy-spangled office of Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, the dean of the delegation. The group gathers occasionally on a bipartisan basis, and the occasion this week was a luncheon-discussion of the new 113th Congress.
From front left (spatial, not political): Michele Bachmann (R), Betty McCollum (D), Peterson (D), Klobuchar (D), Franken (D), Keith Ellison (D). From back left: Tim Walz (D), John Kline (R), Rick Nolan (D), Erik Paulsen (R).
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."