- What Democrats were trying to do about immigration in their budget bill, and why it ran afoul of the Senate parliamentarian
Talk about irreconcilable differences.
- Starting in 2022, tribal members will get free permits to Minnesota state parks
The push is part an effort by the DNR to improve relationships with tribes in Minnesota.
- A dozen things to do as the fall arts season begins
We’ve seen more than a few fall arts seasons, but none that compares to this one.
- This is the moment
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- Long waits to connect to Xcel’s grid are stalling Minnesota solar projects
Xcel told one customer they would need to wait 15 years to connect their solar system to its electric grid.
- Pettigrew to oversee Wolves/Lynx diversity, equity, inclusion
Earlier this month Tru Pettigrew received his second promotion in less than a year as chief diversity and inclusion officer with the Timberwolves-Lynx organization. Source
- On police amendment, let the people decide
Before voters could go to the polls and decide for themselves, the Minneapolis Star Tribune declared in so many words that people are on the whole opposed to the charter amendment. Source
- Family Law Supervising Attorney – full-time
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) is seeking a full-time supervising attorney for its Minneapolis office as part of its family law unit. Source
- Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook
WASHINGTON — Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would be The post Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
- The clean energy transformation must include rural communities — Opinion
America is at a tipping point. We need to move swiftly and boldly to a clean energy economy if we want to stave off the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This massive infrastructure change and clean economy transformation needs to include everyone — especially our rural communities. I grew up in rural Minnesota on The post The clean energy transformation must include rural communities — Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
- Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids
WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within The post Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
- Metro Transit has an excellent low income, reduced fare program, but people aren’t using it
A little known transit assistance program that offers train and bus fare for a buck remains largely untapped by the more than 600,000 metro Minnesotans who are currently eligible. People who are on an array of public assistance programs like Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, unemployment, food stamps, energy assistance, free or reduced lunch or live in The post Metro Transit has an excellent low income, reduced fare program, but people aren’t using it appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
- To protect the right to vote, kill or change the filibuster — Opinion
Democrats in the U.S. Senate recently introduced a new piece of legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act. Minnesota’s very own DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the lead sponsor on the bill. This proposal represents the latest efforts by members of the Senate to pass comprehensive voting rights and pro-democracy legislation. Earlier legislation on these issues The post To protect the right to vote, kill or change the filibuster — Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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- Poll: Minnesotans split over events of Jan. 6
The fault lines in Minnesota politics over the events of Jan. 6 and the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election are stark, according to a new Minnesota Poll from MPR News, the Star Tribune, KARE 11 and FRONTLINE.
- Republican-led election reviews take shape in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Leaders of the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin reviews had visited the widely discredited Arizona election review and now are helming similar GOP-led investigations in their home states.
- Art Hounds 'hunt' for artists in Rochester
Artists open gallery spaces for the public to explore in Rochester’s Hiding Artists Tour. This week’s Art Hounds also recommend exhibits by Barbara McIlrath and Stuart Loughridge at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, and by Kelly Schamberger at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais.
- Shipping issues slow crop exports, increase food costs
International shipping disruptions are putting the squeeze on businesses that export Minnesota-grown ag products. The shipping backups also affect imports, and that means higher prices at the grocery store.
- Black and Latino homeowners are about twice as likely as whites to get low appraisals
A new analysis by Freddie Mac has found that only 7.4 percent of appraisals in majority-white census tracts came in below contract price, compared with 12.5 percent for Black areas and 15.4 percent for Latino ones.
- Minnesota AFL-CIO wraps 55th convention with call for solidarity
The theme of solidarity was strong throughout the virtual convention, which included many speeches and presentations on organizing and building a better world for working Minnesotans during the pandemic.
- As front-line workers wait, Minnesota state legislature negotiations on ‘hero pay’ stall
The Minnesota State Legislature committed to $250 million in May for “hero pay” for frontline workers across the state. A working group has yet to develop a plan for distributing that money.
- An Exhibit of Worker Power: Art Institute of Chicago Workers Join the Museum Union Wave
Employees at the historic museum are organizing for pay fairness and transparency, part of a growing movement to unionize cultural institutions across the country.
- How the Twin Cities became a hotbed for craft beverage unionizing
A Fingers Labor Day feature on organized labor's promising momentum with Minnesota's boutique booze producers
- The Unemployment Insurance System Is Set to Get a Tech Makeover — but It Needs Much More, the Biden Administration Says
The Labor Department has launched an overhaul of the technology that runs the unemployment insurance system, which was overwhelmed by claims and plagued by fraud during the pandemic. But the agency says Congress must act to fix deeper problems.
- What makes a useful voter guide? We started by asking immigrant groups in Minneapolis what they wanted to know about the 2021 city election
Sahan Journal collaborated with Pollen Midwest and Pillsbury United Communities to create a 2021 Minneapolis voter guide. Before we surveyed candidates for mayor and City Council, though, we surveyed immigrant communities. Voter advocates from Latino, Hmong, and Somali backgrounds talked about barriers to voting and how to win their support. The post What makes a useful voter guide? We started by asking immigrant groups in Minneapolis what they wanted to know about the 2021 city election appeared first on Sahan Journal.
- University of Minnesota appoints its first immigrant, person of color as dean at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
An immigrant from Jamaica and former administrator at Georgia Tech, Dr. Nisha Botchwey brings her expertise in health, environment, youth engagement, and equity to the Humphrey School dean’s office. “The education that the Humphrey School provides allows for the elevation of a little Black girl like me,” Botchwey says. The post University of Minnesota appoints its first immigrant, person of color as dean at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs appeared first on Sahan Journal.