Monthly Archives: March 2011

Weekly Audit: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing — The Myth of Fiscal Conservatism


Fashionable pundits like to say that the Republican Party has shifted its focus from “social conservatism” (e.g., banning abortion, shoving gays back in the closet, teaching school children that humans and dinosaurs once walked the earth hand-in-claw) to fiscal conservatism (e.g., tax cuts for the rich, slashing social programs). But is that really true? Continue Reading →

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Replay – DFL Legislators Detail Barriers to Women in GOP Budget Proposals

2011 Legislative Session

Today at 10:45 a.m. in the Minnesota State Capitol, DFL legislators will discuss how the GOP agenda would negatively impact Minnesota women. They claim that Republicans have introduced budgets that create significant barriers for Minnesota women to succeed. Continue Reading →

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MN Rep Beard Admits GOP Opposition to Light Rail Both Economical and Ideological


Before the House floor session began today at noon, House Transportation Finance Committee Chair Mike Beard (GOP) spoke to the press and outlined the Republicans’ proposed transportation finance legislation, which would increase funding for roads and bridges in rural Minnesota but eliminate money for a planned light rail train between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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Thissen Accuses MN GOP of Throwing Local Government Under De-funded Bus


DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (Richfield) spoke to the media this morning in advance of today’s House floor session. He read the following statement in opposition to GOP proposed budget cuts to Local Government Aid and transportation funds, and took questions afterward. Continue Reading →

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Congressman Ellison: Democrats Must Continue Fighting to Improve Health Care Reform


Despite the House of Representatives’ threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, on the one-year anniversary of the passage of Health Care Reform, Congressman Keith Ellison told The UpTake that he doesn’t believe the GOP has the political muster to overturn the legislation in Washington, D.C. Continue Reading →

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“Moving Money Around” Won’t Truly Balance Budget Says Rep. Goodwin


Representative Barbara Goodwin (DFL-Fridley) says the state can’t continue to fix it’s budget problems by “moving money around” as Republicans have proposed with taking money from plan to raid $60 million from the Douglas J Johnson Economic Development Trust Fund. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Emphasizes Importance of LGA


Yesterday, following Dayton’s speech at the Legislative Conference for Minnesota Cities, Counties, School Boards, Townships, The UpTake spoke to Kleis about the importance of Local Government Aid that St. Cloud receives from the state. Continue Reading →

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Replay – Sen Franken, Reps Ellison, McCollum Commemorate Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Senator Al Franken

Putting the focus on patients instead of politics, the newly formed Minnesota Patient Advocacy Coalition will hold a press conference this morning to mark the one year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Continue Reading →

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Replay – Iron Range Delegation Opposes Raid on Douglas J. Johnson Fund

Representative Tom Rukavina on house floor during special session

State Rep. Tom Anzelc (Chair, Iron Range Delegation) State Rep. Tom Rukavina (Chair, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board) and other members from the Iron Range Delegation will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. in State Office Building Room 181. Continue Reading →

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