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GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans 9.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories.
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Minneapolis City Council adopts 2040 plan 8.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Minneapolis City Council has approved a controversial long-range comprehensive plan.
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Guaranteeing More Equitable Incomes 7.12.2018 American Prospect
A man and his daughter walk past a mural in Harvey, Illinois, outside Chicago.  It’s no revelation that Americans are living in a time of extreme divisiveness in our national politics. One party controls most of the government, and yet action out of Washington is slow to be seen, much less felt, by the American people. At these times of intense polarization among federal leaders the adage “all politics is local” comes into sharp relief.  While what’s happening in Congress or the White House can feel a million miles away, voters are concerned with what’s going on in their states, their cities, their communities, their neighborhoods. A wide swath of the American public sees the same thing: The costs of living and housing rise, yet their incomes don’t. This imbalance is felt even more acutely in communities of color, where there is a higher likelihood that residents work lower-paying jobs while already struggling with a wide income and  wealth gap .  That’s why we were inspired to develop pilot programs in ...
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Developer to build 70 homes in response to Mpls homeless camp 6.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A Twin Cities affordable housing developer plans to build a 70-unit apartment building in Minneapolis in response to the homeless encampment along Franklin and Hiawatha avenues.
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How America’s Bluest State Can Be a Model for the Other 49 3.12.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom shakes hands with an election night crowd after he defeated Republican John Cox to become 40th governor of California in Los Angeles.  In the 2018 “blue wave” that flipped the House of Representatives, California flipped the most. Of the  seven target  congressional races in the state, all seven were won by Democrats. Orange County—a key launching pad for the anti-government ideologies of the modern Republican Party—will now be represented in Congress entirely by Democrats. Democrats also won every statewide office and will enjoy super-majorities—sufficient to pass tax legislation—in both state houses. (They’ll hold at least 60 of the 80 Assembly seats and 29 of the 40 in the Senate.) Golden State progressives may be permitted a brief moment – well, maybe a long weekend – of celebration. After all, the state that gave the nation Ronald Reagan, tax-cutting frenzy, and anti-immigrant hysteria now seems to have a Democratic advantage locked-in; even ...
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How the Blue Wave Swelled to a Tsunami in Orange County 30.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File Democratic Representative-elect Katie Porter speaks during an election night event on in Tustin, California.  Ever since California’s Orange County helped power the rise of Barry Goldwater and the Reagan Revolution, political observers have viewed it as the quintessential Republican stronghold.  Such congressional representatives as Dana Rohrabacher and Robert Dornan personified the belligerent far right, the Orange County Register promoted a hard-edged libertarian worldview, and Republican lawmakers such as Christopher Cox, Darrel Issa, and Ed Royce wielded considerable clout on Capitol Hill.      Named for orange groves long vanished, the suburban region south of Los Angeles was known for Disneyland, beautiful beaches, master planned communities, and a powerful conservative business class that exercised national political influence via the Lincoln Club, a high-rolling conservative fundraising group. Republican senators from across the nation made the pilgrimage to Orange ...
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'It's like a friend coming in': Nonprofit connects seniors to groceries, companionship 29.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Volunteers with Help At Your Door deliver groceries in the Twin Cities, but also do chores like raking leaves or cleaning gutters in an effort to help seniors live independently as long as possible. As Minnesota's population ages, this kind of service may be increasingly in demand.
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Everywhere’s in Play: Ballot Initiatives and the Midterms 29.11.2018 American Prospect
John Roark/The Post-Register via AP Voters cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm election at Apple Athletics in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Now that we’ve had some time to catch our breath and reflect, we can evaluate the results of the midterms with a bit of distance. There were many important outcomes, especially the flipping of the House of Representatives. For us, even larger was the confirmation that our democracy, with all its increasingly evident flaws, still has a pulse. It can still self-correct.   But while most national media focused on the congressional races, progressives across the country were also paying close attention to the results of state ballot initiatives on election night. Voters in states like Missouri, Oregon, and Washington not only had the opportunity to vote for progressive candidates on November 6—they also had the chance to vote directly for forward-looking state policies on health care, taxation, climate change, and a host of other critical issues. We cannot cover the electoral ...
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New members bring new priorities to the Minnesota House 29.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Nearly a third of the members of the Minnesota House will be new when Democrats take over the majority in January.
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DNR signs deal to transform Fort Snelling buildings into homes 22.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
It was once the military capital of the Dakotas, and George Armstrong Custer's superior officer commanded there for a time. It served the armed forces from the Spanish American War until after the dropping of the atomic bomb.
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Find a home for the homeless? It's no easy task in Minnesota 21.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Finding a Twin Cities landlord willing to work with someone who's homeless is a huge challenge, even when a tenant has the rent money, and even when the would-be tenant is a woman carrying a newborn.
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How Democrats Finally Won with Health Care 20.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, foreground, speaks at a news conference on pre-existing health conditions on Capitol Hill.  It took a long time, but the Affordable Care Act finally paid off politically for Democrats in the 2018 election. According to  exit polls , voters rated health care the top issue, and they trusted Democrats on it more than Republicans. The big questions now are the impact the election results may have on health policy in the next two years and the lessons Democrats should draw for 2020 and beyond. In 2018, unlike the other elections since the ACA’s passage in 2010, voters had seen what Republicans were actually proposing to do about health insurance. “You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it’s going to be so easy,” Donald Trump  promised  in 2016. But when it came time to deliver, the legislation passed by Republicans in the House and endorsed by Trump would have resulted in millions of people losing coverage and ...
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The Next Crash 20.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Richard Drew A board above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Sorry to deliver the news, but it’s time to worry about the next crash.  The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy.   Most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession that started in December 2007 and officially ended in June 2009. More have jobs, to be sure. But they haven’t seen any rise in their wages, adjusted for inflation. Many are worse off due to the escalating costs of housing, health care, and education. And the value of whatever assets they own is less than in 2007. Which suggests we’re careening toward the same sort of crash we had then, and possibly as bad as 1929. Clear away the financial rubble from those two former crashes and you’d see they both followed upon widening imbalances between the capacity of most people to buy, and what they as workers could ...
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As Rochester grows, 'trailing spouses' still struggle to find work 19.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The city wants to build a global hub of medical innovation. But some highly trained and accomplished workers who follow spouses there say it's hard to find a job.
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St. Paul encampment closed, some decide to avoid the newly-opened winter shelter 16.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Police, social workers and volunteers worked with campers to pack up tents and possessions below the Cathedral of St. Paul and along a fence above Interstate 35E.
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Minneapolis 2040 plan continues to divide residents over housing 15.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The plan would allow triplexes to be built in any neighborhood, including those with mostly single-family homes. While some say it will address the city's affordable housing problem, others worry about density and speculators.
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Met Council: Southwest light rail gets federal green light 15.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Metropolitan Council says it has received an important approval from the federal government for funding the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project.
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Rep. Lewis draws flak for blaming GOP election losses on John McCain 13.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Republicans lost the House because of McCain's Senate vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis wrote Sunday. Reaction from McCain's family and supporters was swift and angry.
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The Nine New Democratic Black Congress Members Come From Heavily White Districts 12.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Teresa Crawford Democratic Representative-elect Lauren Underwood, who defeated of four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren on November 6, campaigning in Lindenhurst, Illinois.  The blue wave had some black riders. Every African American Democrat in the House running for re-election in this year’s midterms won his or her race.  In addition, voters sent nine new black members, all Democrats, to Congress. As a result, the number of black House members will grow to an  all-time peak  of 56, even if, as appears possible, both black Republicans(Utah’s Mia Love and Texas’ Will Hurt) lose their seats.   What’s unusual about the nine new members is that all of them prevailed in predominantly white and mostly suburban districts. Five of the nine are women.  For most of the 20th century, there were few black members of Congress. In 1950, only two African Americans (William Dawson of Chicago’s South Side and Adam Clayton Powell of Harlem) served in the House. The civil rights movement and the 1965 ...
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Local Officials Paid a Price on Tuesday for Cooperating with ICE 9.11.2018 American Prospect
Local law enforcement officials’ cooperation with federal immigration enforcement was on the ballot on Tuesday in counties in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. In a range of local elections, voters ousted officials who had assisted or worked alongside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement President Trump’s war on immigrants.  The election results are a coup for organizers and activists who have been working to make clear the link between the president’s harsh immigration agenda and small-town politics. Their electoral victories may provide a model for future grassroots efforts to curtail abusive policies towards immigrants.  Just days after taking office, President Trump issued an  executive order  directing federal officials to pursue more 287(g) agreements, which allow for participating state and local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration law after receiving training from ICE. Officers deputized under the program are allowed inquire about the immigration ...
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