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Minnesota receives an additional $29.2 million for Energy Assistance Program

Good news for seniors, disabled, and low-income families with children.

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced recently that Minnesota will receive an additional $29.2 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). That brings the state’s total federal allocation this winter season to $116.8 million.

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DFL announces key staff additions



 

The Minnesota DFL recently announced several key staff additions, as the party gears up to reelect President Obama and Senator Klobuchar and recapture majorities in the State House and Senate this November.



DFL Chair Ken Martin said, “We are proud of the team we are putting together to help our DFL candidates succeed this fall.  With the experience and creativity of our staff, and with a solid organization supporting us, we are prepared to compete and win both locally and statewide.  Though each of these individuals brings a unique skill set, they all share our fundamental commitment to improving the quality of life for working families in Minnesota.  That is why we are all here and why I am pleased to welcome them aboard.”


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New study finds new rail line leaves many St. Paul communities vulnerable on housing, jobs, and development

New study finds new rail line leaves many St. Paul communities vulnerable on housing, jobs, and development

A new report released recently by PolicyLink, ISAIAH and TakeAction Minnesota takes a deep look at the benefits and challenges that low-income communities and communities of color face when light rail comes to their communities and ties these benefits and challenges to people’s health.

The report, “Healthy Corridor for All Health Impact Assessment:  A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota,” reveals stark obstacles such as high unemployment, large housing-cost burdens, and a speculative market faced by residents in the Central Corridor of St. Paul.

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Obama, Simpson-Miller connect

Obama, Simpson-Miller connect

Last week, President Obama called Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica to congratulate her on her recent electoral victory and to commend the Jamaican people for their dedication to democracy. The Leaders discussed their shared responsibility for enhancing citizen security and underscored the importance of economic growth in advancing the well being of all Jamaicans.  President Obama also underscored the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Jamaican people, which includes the contributions of so many Jamaican-Americans. The President said that he looked forward to working with the Prime Minister on bilateral and regional issues at the Summit of the Americas, which will occur in April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Romney’s foreign policy merits tough questions

   Romney’s foreign policy merits tough questions

THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF only gets one chance to make the right call on national security, and the consequences are enormous. New Hampshire, too, gets only one chance every four years to ask the tough questions of every candidate who seeks to wield the awe-inspiring power of commander in chief.  

We face a vastly more complicated and ever-changing world than at any time in our lifetimes. A President’s decisions have long-ranging consequences that are difficult to unwind and are all-important for our security.  

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Occupy the Dream

This MLK day there will be a grassroots  march and rally in Minneapolis honoring the human rights legacy of MLK. The rally starts at noon at the Harbor Lights building behind the Metro Transit bus terminal downtown on 10th street between Glenwood and Currie Av.. From there, participants will march to City Hall to rally and yes hear speakers.
 

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NAACP mourns passing of Judge Robert Carter

NAACP mourns passing of Judge Robert Carter

 

(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP mourns the loss of Judge Robert L. Carter, federal judge and General Counsel for the NAACP during Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and other landmark cases. In 2004, Carter earned the NAACP’s highest honor, the Spingarn Medal. He passed away on January 3, 2012.
 
“We have lost a great attorney, educator, and advocate for civil rights,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Robert Carter represented the NAACP’s values with courage and conviction. His remarkable intellect and enormous heart will be greatly missed.”
 

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Minnesota celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

 

The Governor’s Commission on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Holiday Celebration will mark the 26th anniversary of the state’s adoption of the federal Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  A bill to adopt the federal holiday in Minnesota was introduced to the Minnesota Legislature by Rep. Randolph Staten.  The measure was signed into law in January 1986. 
This year’s theme is “Looking Back… Moving Forward:  I Am My Brother’s Keeper!”

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Commissioner Mike Rothman makes appointments to FAIR Plan Board of Directors and Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association (MWCIA)

Mike McHugh, Thom Peterson and Kevin Greggerson to advise state on insurance issues

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today announced two new appointments to the Minnesota FAIR Plan Board of Directors. FAIR Plan is Minnesota’s statutorily created limited property insurer for those properties not able to obtain coverage from the private market.
 
Commissioner Rothman also appointed a new member to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurance Association (MWCIA). The MWCIA is a data service organization for workers compensation data collection, analysis, and products.
 

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Lloyd Ferguson, a pioneering African American professor/chemist from Cal State L.A., has died

Lloyd Ferguson, a pioneering African American professor/chemist from Cal State L.A., has died

Dr. Lloyd Noel Ferguson, Sr., a world-renowned chemistry professor, celebrated author and a pioneer in helping eliminate racial barriers for African Americans in the field of chemistry, died on November 30, 2011.

Lloyd, who is survived by his wife Charlotte, three children, Lloyd Jr, Stephen, Lisa, and seven grandchildren, was born February 9, 1918, in Oakland, California.  His parents were Noel and Gwendolyn Ferguson, a businessman and maid.  In spite of the hard times his family experienced during the Great Depression, Lloyd, at the age of 12, was able to buy a chemistry set and carry out experiments in a backyard shed that he built. 

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Supporting South Sudan’s vision for the future

The United States hosted the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan to welcome the new country to the international community and provide a forum for the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) to highlight its development priorities and opportunities for engagement with public and private sector partners.  From the involvement of ten co-sponsors to the participation of over 25 countries, this conference demonstrated the continued commitment of the United States and international community to South Sudan.

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