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    MINNESOTA Rep Ilhan Omar is facing a tough primary challenge, with an opponent who has slammed her as too "distracted with Twitter fights." Political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux seems to be gaining quite a bit of traction, and making some experts wonder if Omar will be able to nab a second term, according to Politico. 3Rep Ilhan Omar has been slammed by her opponent as too distracted by Twitter fights Credit: Alamy Live News 3Antone Melton-Meaux said people are 'tired of the politics of division and distraction'Credit: AP:Associated Press Omar is well-known on the national stage. She's a Somali refugee and the first black Muslim woman to serve in Congress -- and she has gone to bat against President Donald Trump...
    As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city’s largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. There’s no missing the target of the dig: Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a liberal Democrat, made history two years ago as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and went on to make countless headlines for making controversial statements on Israel, for tangling with President Donald Trump and for a personal life that became tabloid fodder. All the attention has helped make Omar a progressive star, but it’s also drawn criticism and a surprisingly strong primary challenger in Melton-Meaux. The...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI and MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city’s largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. There’s no missing the target of the dig: Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a liberal Democrat, made history two years ago as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and went on to make countless headlines for making controversial statements on Israel, for tangling with President Donald Trump and for a personal life that became tabloid fodder. All the attention has helped make Omar a progressive star, but it’s also...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city’s largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. There’s no missing the target of the dig: Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a liberal Democrat, made history two years ago as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and went on to make countless headlines for making controversial statements on Israel, for tangling with President Donald Trump and for a personal life that became tabloid fodder. All the attention has helped make Omar a progressive star, but it’s also drawn criticism and a surprisingly strong primary challenger...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city’s largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. There’s no missing the target of the dig: Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a liberal Democrat, made history two years ago as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and went on to make countless headlines for making controversial statements on Israel, for tangling with President Donald Trump and for a personal life that became tabloid fodder. All the attention has helped make Omar a progressive star, but it’s also drawn criticism and a surprisingly strong primary challenger...
    (CNN)A series of galvanizing victories in Democratic congressional primaries this year have progressives poised to assert their growing influence in the next Congress.But plans for a larger and more robust "squad" hinge on securing its foundation -- and defending the seats they first won in 2018. Over the next 10 days, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, will be tested by challengers who have sought to turn their star power against them, arguing, in both contests, that the freshmen lawmakers have chased the national spotlight at the expense of their districts.New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who brushed aside a well-funded centrist opponent in June to cement her status in the party and on Capitol Hill, heard...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, took heat on Friday in a Democratic primary debate that saw two primary rivals attack her record in Congress, and question whether she is the "nightmare" she claims to be for President Trump. “Her quote is she's Trump's ‘worst nightmare,’ but really in actuality, in many ways she's Trump's best dream,” primary challenger John Mason said in a WCCO radio debate, “And Trump is a racist, but really the only one benefiting from Omar is Omar in lots of things.” ILHAN OMAR VASTLY OUTRAISED BY PRIMARY RIVAL AHEAD OF AUGUST ELECTION The virtual debate took place between Omar, Mason and Antone Melton-Meaux ahead of the Minnesota 5th Congressional District’s Aug. 11 primary. Omar was elected to Congress and...
    Colorado’s Democratic governor sent money to Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger, campaign finance records show. Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sent a check for $1,000 to attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who is vying for Omar’s 5th District seat, according to Federal Election Commission data. Polis’ move comes as Melton-Meaux’s total donations substantially outpace those of Omar’s for the upcoming August race, according to the Washington Examiner. The Minnesota attorney was able to rake in over $3.2 million between March and April, while Omar’s contributions amounted to around $471,624, a separate Examiner report revealed. Omar came under fire last week when it was found that the Minnesota representative sent out campaign fliers slamming the source of Melton-Meaux’s contributions. Omar named...
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made a significant donation to the campaign of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's primary opponent. According to campaign finance records, Polis, a Democrat, donated $1,000 to Antone Melton-Meaux, a Minneapolis attorney who is running as a Democrat in the primary race for Omar's seat, on Monday. Melton-Meaux has significantly outpaced Omar in terms of fundraising. In the most recent filings, he brought in $3.2 million, nearly 7 times the fundraising haul that Omar brought in during the same time period. Omar's campaign has said it is not concerned about Melton-Meaux's fundraising success because many of his donations flow in from outside of the district. Donations to Melton-Meaux have also stemmed from Jewish and pro-Israel organizations...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) once again found herself embroiled in controversy after a mailer sent from her campaign blasted her main opponent, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, over large donations he’s received – but chose to name only the Jewish donors. “Can We Trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s Money?” reads the campaign mailer, first obtained by Vice News. Melton-Meaux, a pro-Israel Democrat, is one of four candidates challenging Omar in the upcoming primary for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.  The mailer charges of being “in the pocket of the GOP,” “in the pocket of Wall Street,” and “in the pocket of the medical industry,” and quotes wealthy Jewish Americans who have expressed support of Melton-Meaux. Rabbi Avi Olitzky, a resident of the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is one of the highest-profile members of Congress. The Democrat swept to victory in the Fifth District two years ago, but now faces a well-funded challenger in next month’s primary. Omar’s first term has been marked by unprecedented attacks. At a July 2019 North Carolina rally, President Donald Trump blasted her for her stands on Israel, saying, “Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds.” As soon as Trump said it, the chant of “send her back” erupted from the crowd. Just days after, she received a tumultuous warm welcome at Twin Cities International Airport, to chants of “Welcome home, Ilhan.” Her tweets about Israel, some of which she apologized for, and some...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, Jim Hagedorn votes to keep Confederate monuments up, tons of Fifth District news and a lot of legislation. Let’s get on with this. Hagedorn’s vote Rep. Jim Hagedorn was the only member of the Minnesota House delegation, Republican or Democrat, to vote against removing Confederate monuments from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night. 72 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to remove the monuments. The final vote was 305-113. This isn’t Hagedorn’s first brush...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is one of the highest-profile members of Congress. The Democrat swept to victory in the Fifth District two years ago, but now faces a well-funded challenger in next month’s primary. Omar’s first term has been marked by unprecedented attacks. At a July 2019 North Carolina rally the President blasted Omar for her stands on Israel saying, “Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semetic screeds.” As soon as Trump said it, the chant of “send her back” erupted from the crowd. Just days after, she received a tumultuous warm welcome at Twin Cities International Airport, to chants of “welcome home Ilhan.” Her tweets about Israel, some of which she apologized for, and some of...
    A recent mailer sent by the reelection campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar accused her opponent of being "in the pocket of Wall Street" and only mentioned Jewish donors by name, according to Vice News. Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, is facing a primary challenge from Antone Melton-Meaux, a local attorney and activist in Minneapolis. The campaign flier, which was sent last week and obtained by Vice News, displays the headline "Can We Trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s Money?" The mailer accuses Melton-Meaux of being “in the pocket of the GOP” and “in the pocket of Wall Street." The flier also includes images of several news clippings, quoting various people who have donated to Melton-Meaux's campaign....
    ILHAN Omar's primary opponent has raised a whopping seven times more money than the controversial Congresswoman - also raising the possibility Omar could be voted out of office after just one term. Antonne Melton-Meaux brought in $3.2 million while Omar received $471,600 in the second quarter of 2020, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. 3 Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018Credit: AP:Associated Press Melton-Meaux, who seeks to unseat Omar in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, is a lawyer and mediator. It is nearly impossible for Minneapolis to miss Melton-Meaux's flyers and campaign ads that have blanketed television. When asked what inspired him to run for office, Melton-Meaux told Insight News that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — At least five Democrats are running for Minnesota’s fifth Congressional District seat, which is currently held by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Antone Melton-Meaux (credit: CBS) One of the hopefuls is Antone Melton-Meaux. Anyone watching TV over the past few weeks knows it’s been nearly impossible to miss his campaign commercials. Read More: ‘It’s Not Time For Someone That Wants To Burn Bridges’: WCCO Goes 1-On-1 With Omar Challenger Antone Melton-Meaux He has outraised Omar by millions of dollars in the last quarter. She was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, where host Esme Murphy asked her about her challenger’s fundraising. “There are people who are invested in keeping that status quo, people who don’t want these structural changes...
              Democratic congressional candidate Antone Melton-Meaux experienced big fundraising numbers in 2020’s second quarter as he tries to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) at the August 11 primary. The winner will face Lacy Johnson, the Republican candidate, in November’s general election to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. In 2020’s second quarter, Melton-Meaux took in $3.2 million in donations, according to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). This was almost seven times more than Omar received. Melton-Meaux now has $2 million in cash on hand—almost twice as much as Omar at $1.1 million. “Our incredible momentum and support is an affirmation that the people are tired of President Trump,” stated Melton-Meaux in a press release. According...
    Antone Melton-Meaux, Ilhan Omar’s Fifth District primary challenger, raised nearly seven times what the incumbent did in the second quarter of 2020. Melton-Meaux brought in $3.2 million, compared to the $471,000 Omar raised in the same time period. This time last year, few had heard of Melton-Meaux, a lawyer with a background in employment practice and mediation. Now, his flyers are all over CD5 doorsteps and his ads are all over TV. Melton-Meaux didn’t begin his campaign with a head start in fundraising. In previous reporting periods, he lagged significantly behind Omar in terms of money raised. He raised less than half of what she did in 2019 and in the first quarter of 2020. CD5 fundraising by period Source:...
    The campaign of Antone Melton-Meaux, who is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar in the Fifth District DFL primary, has paid almost $100,000 to two newly established Delaware corporations for “strategic consulting,” but has refused to disclose what specifically the firms are doing for the campaign or who is involved in the firms. The two companies, North Superior Consulting LLC and Lake Point Consulting LLC, were registered in Delaware in late 2019. Neither appears to have a website or any presence at all online, nor do the firms appear in campaign finance records of other candidates. The companies would normally be required to list their directors on their corporate tax filings, but neither firm filed its Delaware taxes on time, instead incurring...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, a quick look at the fundraising in the Fifth Congressional District; Angie Craig passes two bills; and McCollum and Omar push for appropriations for the Twin Cities. Let’s get on with this. Fifth District funds The race in Congressional District Five between Rep. Ilhan Omar and DFL newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux continues to surprise. A big one: as Briana Bierschbach at The Star Tribune reports, Melton-Meaux took a wide fundraising lead in the second...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You may have seen Antone Melton-Meaux in a series of political ads running the last few weeks. The Democrat is challenging well-known incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar in the primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. His ads are paid for with some of the $3.2 million he’s raised in the last three months — six times more money than Omar has raised in the same period. WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro sat down with the political newcomer, who has a number of prominent Democrats backing him, to learn more about him. The Meaux family can trace their roots to a momentous day on a Kentucky plantation in 1820. “The slaves were freed and given land and tools to work the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar for reelection to the U.S. Congress. On Thursday, Sanders released a statement on his endorsement of Omar, a Democrat who represents Minneapolisi in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here’s his full statement: “I’m very pleased to endorse my good friend, Ilhan Omar, for reelection to the United States Congress. “In the Congress today, there are a handful of true progressives – people who understand that their function is to stand up for working families, work to guarantee health care for all, ensure that nobody in this country goes hungry, and take on the greed of the fossil fuel industry. Ilhan Omar...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday ahead of a primary election in which the freshman Democrat is trailing financially by millions of dollars. “Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency. “In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues — from child nutrition to housing to U.S.-Africa relations.” Omar is being challenged by Minnesota attorney Antone Melton-Meaux in a race that has caught the attention of Pro-Israel America and NORPAC. The pro-Israel political action committees have committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to unseating Omar, one of the most anti-Israel members of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar’s top Democratic challenger is leading her in campaign money after a surge in donations. Political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux said he raised $3.2 million between April and the end of June, and has $2 million cash left in the bank ahead of the Aug. 11 primary. Omar took in $471,624 during the same period, the Star Tribune reported. Omar’s campaign said she has more than $1.1 million left on hand ahead of the primary. The surge in donations for Melton-Meaux came partly from conservative donors and pro-Israel groups. Omar, a freshman Minnesota Democrat, has apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so. But Melton-Meaux said...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, the Fifth District primary, Jason Lewis responds to MinnPost’s coverage and Andy Slavitt says something hopeful on COVID-19. The CD-5 primary Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most prominent challenger in the DFL primary is Antone Melton-Meaux, a newcomer to DFL politics. Who’s funding Melton-Meaux? Where did he come from? You can read more at MinnPost. HuffPost also has a breakdown of the race, primarily looking at how right-leaning Israeli policy groups are targeting Omar and...
    Antone Melton-Meaux voted for Ilhan Omar in 2018. But now, in 2020, Melton-Meaux, a relatively unknown name in DFL politics, is challenging Omar in the DFL primary on August 11 for her Fifth Congressional District seat. “I was hopeful that she would use her platform to do great work for the district,” Melton-Meaux said of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s first term in Congress. “But what I’ve seen since then is someone that doesn’t show up for votes and someone that doesn’t show up for voters. She has one of the worst voter attendance in the United States House of Representatives missing in 2019 alone.” (Omar missed 5.7% of votes in 2019, putting her in a tie with five other members for...