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McCollum: Credit Obama for Iraq War’s end

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding the official end to American military operations in Iraq.

“President Obama deserves tremendous credit for ending America’s war in Iraq, honoring his commitment to bring all U.S. troops home. As commander-in-chief he has always set the appropriate course of action in Iraq while always honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops and our military families.

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$45 million in Race to the Top funding on its way to Minnesota

 

MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now released the following statement in response to the announcement that Minnesota was one of nine states to win the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge:

“This victory validates everything Minnesota did this year to make sure all of our children start their education off right,” said Vallay Varro, executive director of MinnCAN. “In 2011, the business community and broader civic community were instrumental in helping Minnesota enact these key early childhood reforms, including $4 million in scholarships for low-income families tied to a preschool rating system. We are ecstatic for our next-generation learners who will benefit from an excellent educational foundation.”

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Ellison statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012:

“This bill continues down the Republican Congress’s wrongheaded path for our country. By enshrining the Budget Control Act of this summer, the latest appropriations package maintains handouts to special interests at the expense of the middle class.

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A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version

Reggie’s short film "A War For Your Soul" is a stirring, inspirational video for today’s generation. Over 10 million internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in 2 years. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations and almost every major country around the world, sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.

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Congresswoman McCollum: Ending America’s War in Iraq

 


Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding the official end to American military operations in Iraq.

“President Obama deserves tremendous credit for ending America’s war in Iraq, honoring his commitment to bring all U.S. troops home. As commander-in-chief he has always set the appropriate course of action in Iraq while always honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops and our military families.

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“Occupy Wall Street” is No Civil Rights Movement

Occupy Wall Street protesters seem to be wrestling with America’s hypocrisy. I am old enough to have been bussed across town for integration sake. The n-word is not foreign to me; it was spewed in my face and written on my locker in high school. This was not the 1950s or 1960s. I have often written about Black people who placed their lives and livelihoods in jeopardy for civil rights. I remain shaken by the criminal cases left unsolved involving those who had “forgotten their place.” When I talked to protesters at the now defunct Occupy Wall Street village in Zuccotti Park I came to understand what was so different between them and protesters in the Civil Rights Movement. The Occupiers had suddenly discovered what most African-Americans already knew – this country is unfair.

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Ellison introduces Get Corporate Money Out Of Politics Constitutional Amendment

 

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today introduced the Get Corporate Money out of Politics Amendment to the United States Constitution. The bill reaffirms the importance of a level playing field and authorizes Congress and the States to regulate election contributions of for-profit corporations. 

Between the 2006 and 2010 elections, spending by independent groups, including corporations, quadrupled to more than $450 million. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the door to unlimited independent corporate spending during elections. As a result, corporations have a stronger voice in picking our country’s leaders than ever before. 
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Hundreds of Black state lawmakers convene to pass national legislative agenda

(BLACK PR WIRE) -- More than 350 members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will meet in Chicago, Illinois, December 7 - 11, 2011, to learn about the nation’s best models and practices across an array of policy areas. The theme of this year’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference is “Seeing Beyond – State Leadership, National Progress.” NBCSL members will leave the conference armed with legislative ideas they can then take to their respective Capitols in the upcoming legislative sessions.

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Member of Aryan Brotherhood sentenced to 450 months in prison in connection with hate crime involving church arson and attempted murder of disabled African American in Texas

Member of Aryan Brotherhood sentenced to 450 months in prison in connection with hate crime involving church arson and attempted murder of disabled African American in Texas

WASHINGTON – Steven Scott Cantrell, 26, of Crane, Texas, was sentenced today for hate crime charges stemming from a series of racially-motivated arsons in December 2010, including the arson of a historic African-American church as part of an effort to murder a disabled African-American man, the Justice Department announced today.

Cantrell was sentenced to 450 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell in Midland, Texas, after pleading guilty to damaging religious property and interfering with housing rights in violation of federal hate crime laws.  Cantrell was also ordered to pay $550,780 in restitution to the victims.

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Rita Coyle DeMeules named Supreme Court Commissioner

The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Rita Coyle DeMeules to succeed retiring Supreme Court Commissioner Richard Slowes. She will join the court December 12 and assume her role as Commissioner on January 12, 2011.

Coyle DeMeules has served as an Assistant Attorney General since 2006, where she represented the State of Minnesota and Minnesota agencies before state and federal trial and appellate courts.  In that position, she provided legal research, analysis, and advice to state agencies on litigation and agency policies, and served as principal attorney responsible for trials, motions, pretrial activities, and arguments before the courts. From 1990-2004, she was a partner and associate at the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, in Minneapolis, and served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul from 2004 to 2010; and from 1991 to 1993.

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Hundreds of Black state lawmakers convene to pass national legislative agenda

(BLACK PR WIRE) -- More than 350 members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will meet in Chicago, Illinois, December 7 - 11, 2011, to learn about the nation’s best models and practices across an array of policy areas. The theme of this year’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference is “Seeing Beyond – State Leadership, National Progress.” NBCSL members will leave the conference armed with legislative ideas they can then take to their respective Capitols in the upcoming legislative sessions.

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