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  • 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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