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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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Gun Safety Advocate Michael Paymar: Still Shooting For Gun Safety

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The Minnesota Legislature’s leading proponent of tougher gun-safety measures, Rep. Michael Paymar, announced last week that he won’t run for re-election next year, but he plans to go out with gun-control proposals blazing. Paymar, a nine-term DFLer from St. Paul, made another in a series of attempts at Tuesday’s meeting of the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security to impose tighter controls over guns being carried into the Capitol before — as many legislators privately say they fear — someone gets shot. Paymar proposed that guns be banned completely from the Capitol (except for law enforcement officers) and that metal-detectors and security stations be installed to keep guns out. The proposal failed on a tie 2-2 vote of the six-member advisory committee, with one member absent and another — Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, abstaining, she said, because the measure might come before her court some day. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: MN Senate Talks Budget and Health Care: House Examines Green Acres

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Today in the Minnesota Legislature, the Senate is expected to discuss its “Phase One” budget bill at 11 a.m. That body’s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee will also entertain the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act at 1 p.m. Continue Reading →

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MN Environmental and Conservation Groups: “Don’t Raid Our Legacy”

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Sixty-six Minnesota conservation and outdoors groups sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and the state legislature today calling on elected leaders to “to keep the faith with the voters of Minnesota who overwhelmingly passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment (in 2008).” Continue Reading →

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Citizen Media Now Has A Seat In The Capitol Press Room

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This week The UpTake becomes the first “on-line only” media organization to have an office in the Minnesota Capitol press room. The citizen-fueled, non-profit, non-partisan, news organization’s move into the press room had been delayed for nearly a year pending a review of Minnesota’s media space rental policy. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Dayton Makes the Rounds in D.C.

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Minnesota Governor-Elect Mark Dayton is in the nation’s capital today, making the rounds. Dayton will meet with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, attend a “Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota Campaign Committee” fundraiser at the home of Patrick Murphy, and grace a holiday party at the White House where he’ll schmooze with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Continue Reading →

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