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Sec Of State Candidate Severson Apparently Confused On Absentee Ballot Law

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Minnesota Republican endorsed secretary of state candidate Dan Severson claims the new “no-excuse” absentee ballot legislation which allows any registered voter to absentee vote without an excuse specifically excludes military personnel from this privilege, requiring them to provide an excuse. The secretary of state office says Severson is wrong. Continue Reading →

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Poll: Minnesota Wants Less Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

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Minnesotans may not be ready to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but they do apparently want a less restrictive medical marijuana law that would allow patients to smoke marijuana, particularly if that’s the only way to get medical relief. That’s one of many issue findings in an unscientific, but well-read Minnesota Senate poll Continue Reading →

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Poll: Not All Smoke Is The Same- MN Split On Legal Pot, E-Cigs Need Regulation

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A poll that many Minnesota lawmakers pay close attention to finds Minnesotans split over the issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana with 43.3% favoring and 48.1% against. The Minnesota House nonscientific poll of 7,607 State Fair attendees also found that an overwhelming number of those polled (66.4%) want to see e-cigarettes regulated just like regular cigarettes. Continue Reading →

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Obama Sends Attorney General To Ferguson, Calls For Review Of Police Military Hardware Spending

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President Obama calls for a review of selling surplus military gear to local police to makes sure it is “stuff they need.” “There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred”, President Obama tells reporters. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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Palestine Supporters Confront Sen. Franken In Tense Phone Call

Palestine Supporters Confront Franken On Phone

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. What followed was a polite but tense conversation between the group and the Senator. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Workers Celebrate As Gov. Dayton Signs $9.50 Wage Law

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Governor Mark Dayton signed the new minimum wage bill into law Monday in a jubilant celebration at the State Capitol that brought waves of emotion to the many groups that worked to see the law passed. The bill affects 375,000 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota, who will see their wages raised to $8 an hour starting in August and to $9.50 in 2016. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Students, Faculty Protest $150K Pay Day For “War Criminal” Condoleezza Rice At U

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The University of Minnesota apparently has a short and incomplete memory of Condoleezza Rice’s role as national security advisor and Secretary of State in the Administration of President George W. Bush. The U is paying Rice $150,000 to speak on campus Thursday, but nowhere in the U’s glowing description of Rice and her contributions can one find a hint of what Ms. Rice actually did while in power. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley tells the UpTake what we should remember about Condi Rice. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Redlining: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In “Non-White” Areas

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A new report shows that from 2009 to2012, people in predominantly non-white Minneapolis neighborhoods such as Near North and Camden were three times more likely to be denied loans – - regardless of what race the person was who applied for the loan. “The lack of access to credit continues to plague communities of color in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area,” says Myron Orfield from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. (More…) Continue Reading →

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DFL Leaders Agree To Minimum Wage Hike, Deny “Horsetrading” On Building Deal

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After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation. Continue Reading →

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Occupy Homes Demands Minneapolis Cops Follow Protocols

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Occupy Homes is calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to follow its own foreclosure protest protocol, which requires a number of steps before people can be arrested. The demand came after seven people occupying vacant houses were arrested within 10 days in March. Continue Reading →

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Forum Debates Racial Profiling: Eliminate It? Or Learn To Deal With It?

James Everett, former candidate for Minneapolis Mayor, speaks on racial profiling at Normandale Community College March 26.

It’s a given that racial profiling — when law enforcement authorities engage or enforce with an individual because of the person’s race or ethnicity –happens. But what to do about the practice was the focus of a forum this week at Normandale Community College in Bloominhton. Continue Reading →

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Hunger Strikers to John Kline: Pass Immigration Reform NOW!

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Hunger strikers from Fast for Families stood on the steps of the State Capitol Friday as part of a national tour to urge Congress to support immigration reform legislation. Calling on GOP Rep. John Kline to help persuade Speaker of the House John Boehner to allow the Senate immigration reform bill to be voted on in the House, the hunger strikers stood with local politicians, community leaders and activists to push for change. Continue Reading →

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North Side Groups Aim At Gun Violence

Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle.. the FN SCAR...Alleged to have been seen being carried by masked security guards in Wisconsin's North Woods

North Side Minneapolis neighbors took aim at the ways that systemic racism perpetuates the cycle of violence at a forum organized by Protect Minnesota. The forum, which as held at the office of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change on Broadway Avenue, included a call to oppose a bill in the Minnesota State Senate which they say criminalizes youth of color, rather than focusing on prevention. Continue Reading →

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