Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
A group trying to get Minnesota to divest its investments in Israel saw a glimmer of hope this week in its meeting with the state board that controls those investments.
Minnesota Break The Bonds appealed to the State Board of Investment meeting on September 9, 2014 to divest of the bonds the state holds from Israel. The board, which includes the governor, attorney general, state auditor and the secretary of state, controls the investment of all state funds including retirement accounts and trust funds. Minnesota holds $10 million in Israel Bonds and another $15 million invested through the US Agency for International Development, which is considered an investment in Israel.
Divestiture was one of the pressure points used against the apartheid government of South Africa. The Presbyterian Church is one of the groups that recently divested Israeli bonds.
After introducing the witnesses, Governor Dayton focused on his digital device and Auditor Rebecca Otto took notes. At the end of the testimony, Dayton asked his advisers when the bonds expired and if they had to be explicitly renewed. The answer was a June 30 expiration and to be reviewed in March, which Dayton suggested was an appropriate time to again raise the question.
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A Republican intraparty squabble is getting more heated, and more public, as a GOP endorsed candidate for Minnesota's Supreme Court filed a complaint against the party's executive committee in a dispute stemming from a drunk driving charge she is facing.
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