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Trump's inauguration paid Trump's company -- with Ivanka in the middle 15.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump's Washington hotel was overcharging for event space. The spending could be a violation of the law.
3 key questions as Minneapolis readies homeless camp shelter 3.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Even as the city and its partners rush to open an emergency shelter for people living in tents along Franklin and Hiawatha avenues, questions vital to the effort's success remain unanswered.
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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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Minneapolis moves forward city IDs for undocumented immigrants 27.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A council committee voted unanimously Monday to move ahead with the program that could give people easier access to housing, banking and health care.
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Rochester Armory gets a new life as food, cultural center 25.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
After a major renovation, Rochester's former armory is reopening as a home to a restaurant and cultural attractions.
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You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true 21.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night's rest. Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs. Experts say it's part of the insurance industry playbook.
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Airbnb Quit the Settlement Business. If Only Israel Would. 21.11.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov A cat jumps at a guest house advertised on Airbnb in the Nofei Prat settlement in the West Bank.  An old friend from America who's a tour operator came to Jerusalem and I went to meet him. His tour group was staying in a hotel in the center of town that I'd never noticed because, in the past, it was probably a down-on-its-luck apartment building or home to small offices of lawyers, accountants, and companies of indistinct purposes. Converting it to a hotel made sense, my friend said, because even in the November off-season, every hotel room in Jerusalem is full. Tourism is roaring. So are short-term rentals of apartments and of rooms in them. A 2017 survey of tourists in Tel Aviv  found that half  were staying in Airbnb or similar accommodations. Young friends tell me of Jerusalem university students making the rent by going home to mom and dad on weekends and renting their apartments to tourists. Then again, the rent is likely higher because some landlords are moving their ...
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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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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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Want to save on your utility bill? This Minn. nonprofit has some tips 15.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Do you have low-flow water faucets? LED lightbulbs? A smart thermostat? The Citizens Utility Board is helping Minnesotans navigate their utility bills and find ways to save energy -- and money.
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A search for new ways to pay for drugs that cost a mint 14.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Installment plans and refunds for treatments that don't work are two options getting more attention as ultra-expensive therapies become more common. The financial strains will only grow.
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Challenges to Corporate Power Are on the Ballot­ 2.11.2018 American Prospect
Steve Yeater/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation Supporters of Proposition 10, in favor of rent control and building more affordable housing, listen to labor and civic leaders speak during a press conference in Sacramento, California.  Ballot measures don’t often earn much attention nationally, but such statewide initiatives are arduous to launch. They require an incredible investment in advertising and boots-on-the-ground organizing. And almost always, progressive measures face deep-pocketed corporate opposition. In spite of these incredible odds, several states are moving forward with ballot questions on a diverse range of issues from  housing  and the environment to  sexual violence . Next week Californians will weigh in on  Proposition 10  which would repeal a real-estate developer-funded state pre-emption law on housing that dates back to the 1990s and the administration of Republican Governor Pete Wilson. State pre-emption is a perfect example of a complicated concept—one that often carries ...
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The Cross-Border Farmworker Rebellion 31.10.2018 American Prospect
Surrounded by blueberry and alfalfa fields near Sumas, Washington, just a few miles from the Canadian border, a group of workers last week stood in a circle behind a trailer, itemizing a long list of complaints about the grower they work for. Lorenzo Sanchez, the oldest, pointed to the trailer his family rents for $800 a month. On one side, the wooden steps and porch have rotted through. “The toilet backs up,” he said. “Water leaks in when it rains. The stove doesn't work.” His wife, Felipa Lopez, described mistreatment in the fields. “The old man [the grower] sometimes walks behind us and makes fun of us,” she charged. “He yells at us to make us work faster.” Other workers in the circle nodded in agreement. Ramon Torres, president of the farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia, listened and then took union membership cards from the pocket of his jacket. “This is the first step,” he said. “Join the union. But you have to agree to support each other in this. If he fires any one of you, the others ...
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Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster, found dead in prison at 89 30.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
James "Whitey" Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America's most wanted men, died in federal prison. He was 89.
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Private Equity Pillage: Grocery Stores and Workers At Risk 26.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Since 2015 seven major grocery chains, employing more than 125,000 workers, have filed for bankruptcy. The media has blamed “disruptors”—low-cost competitors like Walmart and high-end markets like Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon. But the real disruptors in this industry are the private equity owners who were behind all seven bankruptcies. They have extracted millions from grocery stores in the last five years—funds that could have been used to upgrade stores, enhance products and services, and invest in employee training and higher wages. As with the bankruptcies of common household names like Toys “R” Us, private equity owners throw companies they own into unsustainable debt in order to capture high returns for themselves and their investors. If the company they have starved of resources goes broke, they’ve already made their bundle. This is all perfectly legal. It should not be. The bankrupted private ...
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Blackstone Spends Huge to Kill California Rent Control 24.10.2018 American Prospect
(Photo by Jessica Goodheart) Capital & Main  is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. One of California’s most hotly contested ballot measures, Proposition 10, would repeal the 23-year-old Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act that restricts a city’s ability to apply rent control to post-1995 construction and exempts single-family homes from regulation. Proposition 10’s opponents claim it will worsen the state’s housing crisis, which has left teachers, blue-collar workers, and retirees struggling to keep roofs over their heads . To that end, the No on Prop 10 campaign has deployed an ensemble of small property owners, nonprofit housing developers, and veterans as spokespeople against the measure. However, topping the list of No on Prop 10’s big donors are some of the country’s largest landlords—many funded by Wall Street investment dollars—whose bottom lines could be negatively affected by Prop ...
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The Silver Lining of the New Gilded Age: Fewer Targets 22.10.2018 American Prospect
At noon on January 17 of this year, activists began protesting outside the Blackstone Group’s New York City headquarters over the private equity giant’s foreclosures in Puerto Rico. Simultaneously, a social justice group in California released a report detailing Blackstone’s alleged mistreatment of thousands of the state’s tenants. The timing was no coincidence. The extreme concentration of economic ownership and power in 21stt-century America is creating more opportunities for disparate groups—from renters and unions to community groups and financial reform organizations—to ally against common adversaries and pressure them for broad concessions. This growing collaboration points to what some see as a necessary reaction and potential silver lining to the New Gilded Age. “The same guys own everything,” Stephen Lerner, a veteran community and labor organizer, told a crowd of labor leaders in New York City late last year. “We can align our forces in a different way because we have the same enemy.” Nurturing ...
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Can't find an affordable home? Try living in a pod 21.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Co-living projects are popping up in cities where housing costs are too expensive for middle-income residents. It's dorm life for adults, with shared kitchens and bathrooms, and it doesn't come cheap.
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'It will be years' before life at Florida air force base returns to normal 20.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Home to 11,000 airmen and their families, the base sustained catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael swept across northern Florida earlier this month. Residents don't know if they will ever go back.
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Judge rules tenants must vacate Marshall apartment complex 20.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A state district court judge says tenants of a 100 unit Marshall apartment complex must move out of the buildings because of problems with the heating system.
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