Did you miss "Become a Citizen Journalist" on July 21, 2007? Click above to see Eric Black's speech to mnpACT!
Minnesota Network for Progressive Action
The mission of mnpACT! is to build a progressive community based upon the core values of respect, dignity and opportunity, by educating people about progressive ideas, advocating for progressive issues, and electing progressive candidates to local, state and federal offices.
An Islamic women's 'advocacy group' is DEMANDING a county in Minnesota change its food stamp policies to require a low-price, halal food shelf. The Isuroon Project says there is a 'desperate need' for a culturally specific halal food shelf in the metro area which would cost taxpayers more than $150,000! So far government leaders haven't budged on this issue.
This story was on a conservative site and of course the rhetoric got intense:
Roads and bridges: While a broader transportation funding package didn't pass, there was $12 million in one-time money included in a "lights on" transportation bill that will help cities with populations of less than 5,000 people fix their roads and bridges. Groups initially wanted $28 million in ongoing funding for that program.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto got blindsided in her reelection bid last year when Matt Entenza decided to challenge her in the primary. He blindsided DFLers as a whole with that one and Otto won that primary going away with 80% of the vote. She went on to handily defeat her GOP opponent 55-38%.
But being blindsided is becoming an ongoing thing for Rebecca Otto's political career because the Senate agreed to a House proposal to privatize much of what the State Auditor does - which means Rebecca Otto, again, gets hit from . . .
"In the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, the Senate feverishly passed a bonding bill that included a priority of Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook: $7.2 million for an underground parking garage at the State Capitol that would provide a grand total of 30 vehicle spaces."