As we return to the latest episode of Emo Senator, Southern Minnesota's most watched telenovela, devoted fans find Mike Parry's arch-rival Allen Quist, political messiah from Norseland, grabbing the headline (there's only one) in today's news of the primary.
Meanwhile, the candidates prepare for Farmfest, two scheduled debates and parades across the district. Up next? Thursday's parade for Viola's Gopher Count, where small children compete to see who has collected the most gopher tails.
The Winona Daily News reports in Quist to hold town hall meeting Thursday:
Allen Quist, who is running against state Sen. Mike Parry in a race to determine who will challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Walz this fall, will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Riverport Inn in Winona.
The Republican and former state representative will discuss his plans to balance the federal budget in five years or earlier and his call for an investigation into how Minnesota spends federal Medicaid dollars. There will also be a question-and-answer session.
The event is free and open to the public.
Intrepid souls who visit Quist's campaign website learn that this is the first at least four town hall via the post The Latest on Debates, Parades and Town Halls. Three follow the Winona town hall and it looks as if the veteran campaigner is planning more:
- Rochester Quist Town Hall, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7:00pm Ramada Inn, 435 16th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901-1808
- Fairmont Quist Town Hall Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 7:00pm heritage acres, Fairmont, MN
- Faribault Quist Town Hall, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:00pm Elks Lodge, 131 Lyndale Ave N, Faribault, MN 55021-5877
We'll keep you informed as additional Town Hall details are finalized.
And then there are the debates:
DEBATES & FORUMS
- A KSTP TV At Issue with Tom Hauser debate date has been changed. It will likely be aired on Sunday, August 5th.
- TPT's Almanac show has set up Friday, July 27th as its 1st District pre-primary debate.
- I will be participating in the Farmfest Congressional Forum on Wednesday, August 7th from 10:30 to 11:50 am.
- Debate Minnesota is still trying to set up a pre-primary debate.
Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, Parry's calendar includes parades and a few fundraisers, with field staffer Doug Gardner as the contact person. Gardner interned in the state senate and worked on Rep. Randy Hultgren's campaign in Illinois in 2010.
At work in Washington DC, incumbent Tim Walz moved to instruct transportation conference committee members. Minnpost's Devin Henry has the story in Walz pushes for action on transportation funding bill.
Will the House conference committee members quit diddling over funding roads? Who will win the gopher count? Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode of Emo Senator, and shop local for your steak sauce.
Image: Allen Quist by Ken Avidor.