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Jul 24th

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Progress made in 2009 session, but much more work ahead

Progress made in 2009 session, but much more work aheadWith too many Minnesotans losing their jobs, health care, and homes, I set out in my first year in the Legislature to fight for the people in our community so that our voices and priorities could be part of our state budget solution. We were able to pass progressive reforms to combat the home foreclosure crisis and broaden health care coverage to more children, but in other important areas, the Governor used his veto power to block the forward thinking reforms we need to emerge stronger from these difficult economic times.
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Sotomayor epitomizes American Dream

The American dream. Throughout the decades, people have parted ways with family and friends to reach the shores of the United States with the hopes and aspirations of attaining better jobs, improved living conditions, a stronger future for their children and possibly, just possibly, a shot at that American dream.
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The breath tax

The rationale for the “Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," otherwise known as Cap and Trade, is that environmental catastrophe awaits us if we do not control the amount of carbon dioxide (co2) flowing into the atmosphere.  This hysteria has been propelled by alarmists using computer models to predict (not to prove) that what-used-to-be-called-Global-Warming-before-it-became-clear-that-the-earth-is-cooling-so—it-is-now-called-Climate Change is caused by man made emissions of carbon dioxide.
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A supreme nominee

President Obama has nominated Judge Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, a surprising – and inspirational - selection.  If confirmed by Congress, Sotomayor would be the second woman on the Supreme Court and the third woman ever picked for the job.  She would also be the first Latina in the position. Since the announcement, media pundits and politicos have discussed Sotomayor’s background and what role it will play in her decision making.  Her appointment to the Supreme Court would be a breath of fresh air to America’s judicial system; the country needs a Justice who understands exactly how the average American lives.
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Why focus on black men healing as way to empower the community?

Whether right or wrong, when discussing the ills and disparities within the African American community, many things are discussed, such as violence, drugs, poverty, and emotional, physical, spiritual health.  However, there are two that come to the forefront, especially in the urban community: racism and the Black men’s role.
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Continue voting rights fight?

A small municipality in Austin, Texas will soon get its chance to convince the Supreme Court that parts of the Voting Rights Act are not only unconstitutional, but no longer needed. If the court agrees, a key section of the Act, which has been shown to reduce discriminatory voting practices, could be dismantled.  While America has come far in the last forty plus years, voting irregularities still exist and we must urge the Court to rule in favor of the Act.
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High schoolers left behind

Signed amid controversy in 2001, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law shook up the nation’s public education system. Schools were now held accountable for student achievement; if students continually failed to meet minimum test scores, schools were placed on probation.
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