North Dakota utilities commission moves toward suing Minnesota over carbon-free bill
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by Greta Kaul
14h ago
The Bismarck Tribune’s Amy Dalrymple reports The North Dakota Industrial Commission is moving to sue Minnesota over its carbon-free bill, expected to be signed by Gov. Tim Walz: “The bill would prevent North Dakota utilities from exporting power generated from coal and gas to Minnesota. North Dakota exports about 50% of its electricity supply, with the vast majority used in Minnesota, according to the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council.” More: MinnPost reporter Walker Orenstein wrote about the bill here. Bring Me the News staff report a Minnesota aid group is working to help people in need ..read more
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Minnesota’s lawmakers push agendas via their invitees to State of the Union address
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by Ana Radelat
14h ago
WASHINGTON — While many Americans are likely to tune out to President Biden’s State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, the president has a lot riding on it. If the president, as assumed, is gearing up for reelection, he’s likely to use the speech to determine which issues will give him a better chance for him to remain in the White House. If not, the speech will be a tool for the president to put the last touches to his legacy. “It provides the president with a stage to road test his ideas,” said Tim Lindberg, political science professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, of Tuesday’s a ..read more
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University of Minnesota researcher: ‘The world is ready for a male contraceptive’
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by Andy Steiner
14h ago
For two decades, Gunda Georg, regents professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy and founding director of the Institutes for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, has been working on developing a non-hormonal contraceptive for men. In the last year, she and her colleagues have made significant progress on one particularly promising compound:  YCT529.  In a highly collaborative project, the preclinical candidate, named in part for Your Choice Therapeutics, a small San Francisco-based startup that licensed the compound from the University of Minnesota, has shown t ..read more
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How ‘Duck Dynasty’ and ZZ Top entered a Minnesota Senate debate on hair discrimination 
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by Peter Callaghan
14h ago
If you can’t draw a direct line between a bill to protect people — mostly women, mostly women of color — from discrimination based on their natural hair and the television series “Duck Dynasty,” then you haven’t been around the Minnesota state Senate. The bill is known nationally as the “CROWN Act,” which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. House File 37 signed by Gov. Tim Walz last week added one sentence to the Minnesota Human Rights Act that protects against discrimination in employment, housing and education. In addition to current protections against bias bas ..read more
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Minnesota author David Mura’s new book explores how racism infects the past and present
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by Sheila Regan
14h ago
Poet, writer, critic and playwright David Mura takes on systemic racism in America with a new book called “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives.” The book is an investigation of historical texts, theory, literary sources, psychology and philosophy. It weaves together literary analysis, history, storytelling and criticism with soaring prose. Examining films, novels, historical records, writings and speeches, and more, Mura takes the reader on a journey into the narrative of whiteness in the United States. A third generation Japanese American, Mura dives i ..read more
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Hastings schools’ food service workers plan to strike
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by Brian Lambert
19h ago
In the Star Tribune, Erin Adler reports, “Food service workers with the Hastings school district say they will strike Tuesday morning unless the district comes to them with mediation Monday evening, an outcome they say is unlikely. About 20 food service workers, who serve lunch to the district’s 4,200 students each day, rallied in front of Hastings City Hall after school ended Monday. Dressed in purple, they also held a purple ‘unions for all’ banner.” At MPR, Brian Bakst writes, “Republicans are outnumbered at Minnesota’s Capitol. And so far, they’ve been unable to stop an early onslaught of ..read more
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Emmer calls Omar ‘the face of antisemitism in the Democrat Party’
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by MinnPost staff
1d ago
WCCO’s Esme Murphy interviewed Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday morning, following her ouster from the Foreign Affairs Committee. During the interview, Murphy displayed a comment from House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, that stated “There is no debate that Ilhan Omar, the face of antisemitism in the Democrat Party, has no place representing American interests on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Ms Omar is an embarrassment to Minnesota and our country.” Asked for comment, Omar replied that “[Emmer] is a really weak man — someone who is in leadership of a caucus that’s run by QAnon supporters and conspiracy t ..read more
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From genocide to a new global human rights crime … crimes against humanity
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by Ellen J. Kennedy
2d ago
Genocide is defined in the United Nations Genocide Convention as “the deliberate intent to exterminate, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.” In 1948, the United Nations ratified this convention. When a convention is ratified by the UN, it creates legally binding international obligations for the member states that have ratified it. The Genocide Convention has been ratified by 152 states around the world, including the U.S. This means that those states all have a legal obligation to prevent genocide and to punish perpetrators. This convention is being used ..read more
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Anti-Asian bias spurs renewed effort to update Minnesota’s hate crime law
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by Peter Callaghan
2d ago
An increase in verbal and physical attacks on Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped push forward legislation designed to fix a loophole in Minnesota’s hate crime law.  Updating the way Minnesota responds to hate crimes has been a goal of a community coalition and DFL lawmakers for three years. Doing so this session could be another result of the trifecta that emerged from the 2022 election. State Rep. Frank Hornstein The changes would provide a way to measure the prevalence of bias incidents that either aren’t reported as crimes or fall short of the legal definitions. D ..read more
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The 1967 Minnesota State Act Against Discrimination
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by Paul Nelson
2d ago
The 1967 Minnesota State Act Against Discrimination consolidated and strengthened existing anti-discrimination laws and created a new state Department of Human Rights. It was sponsored by conservatives in the legislature (party designation was banned at the time) and supported by other prominent conservatives, including Gov. Harold Levander, future U.S. Sen. David Durenberger, and future federal judge Robert Renner. The law, which forbade discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion and national origin, had support from both political parties and passed easily. The inclusion of gay ri ..read more
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