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Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […] The post Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.  FDA Commissioner […] The post FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Commerce Fraud Bureau to get new powers to investigate wage theft, other financial crimes

Labor leaders are calling a bill that passed the state House and Senate on Sunday the most significant piece of legislation for combating wage theft since it was made a felony in 2019. The bill (HF 3255), which is awaiting Gov. Tim Walz’s signature, gives the Commerce Fraud Bureau new powers to criminally investigate financial […] The post Commerce Fraud Bureau to get new powers to investigate wage theft, other financial crimes appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Minnesota GOP endorses election denier to oversee elections

Voting rights advocates are alarmed by Minnesota Republicans’ endorsed candidate for secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett, who has called the 2020 election “rigged.”  She played a video at the state Republican convention with the theme “Sending out an SOS” that portrayed the election system in crisis and controlled by a Jewish puppet master, George Soros, with the caption, “Let’s wreck elec­tions forever and ever.” The post Minnesota GOP endorses election denier to oversee elections appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Reich: What the GOP culture war is really about

Why do Putin and the Republican Party sound so much alike? Simple: Their culture wars have similar agendas. Both are trying to distract attention from the economic looting by their respective oligarchies. Vladimir Putin has been blasting so-called “cancel culture.” This was his third “cancel culture” rant in recent months. It’s the same imaginary crisis […] The post Reich: What the GOP culture war is really about appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Proposal to ban mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters sets off battle in Congress

A U.S. House panel broke along party lines Tuesday as its members debated mining near the most popular wilderness area in the country, following President Joe Biden’s decision earlier this year to block federal approval of a new mine. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee said they supported Minnesota U.S. […] The post Proposal to ban mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters sets off battle in Congress appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […] The post Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Mental health workers strike at three Twin Cities hospitals, citing unsafe working conditions

Hundreds of mental health workers at three Twin Cities hospitals walked off the job on Tuesday to push for safer workplaces, higher wages and more staff. The one-day strike comes just months after more than 400 workers voted to unionize at M Health Fairview and two Allina hospitals, Abbott Northwestern and Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus. Workers […] The post Mental health workers strike at three Twin Cities hospitals, citing unsafe working conditions appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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The hypnotherapist who helped fuel the never-ending hunt for election fraud in Wisconsin

Jay Stone grew up in the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago ward politics, the son of a longtime city alderman. But his own forays into politics left him distrustful of Chicago Democrats. When he ran for alderman in 2003, he was crushed at the polls after party leaders sent city workers out to campaign against him. […] The post The hypnotherapist who helped fuel the never-ending hunt for election fraud in Wisconsin appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Mental health workers need fair pay, better staffing, safer workplaces | Opinion

As a mental health worker, I can’t count the number of times someone has told me “Oh I could never do what you do.” It is true that mental health care can be extremely challenging, but chances are that all of us, at some in our lives, have been touched by this field. Whether through […] The post Mental health workers need fair pay, better staffing, safer workplaces | Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Billions left unspent as divided Legislature flounders in final hours

In the end, the Minnesota Legislature ran out of time early Monday to strike deals on how to spend the state’s historic budget surplus, leaving billions on the state’s bottom line unless DFL Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders finish the work in a special session.  Lawmakers blew past a midnight deadline, failing to pass […] The post Billions left unspent as divided Legislature flounders in final hours appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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What’s with Rep. Pete Stauber’s slavish devotion to a Chilean mining company? | Opinion

Earlier this month at a press conference, U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., cried a river for a Chilean company that wants to mine the public’s copper from the public’s land upstream from the public’s most popular wilderness area. But he apparently couldn’t find his notes when another giant company, Cleveland-Cliffs, laid off some 400 steelworkers […] The post What’s with Rep. Pete Stauber’s slavish devotion to a Chilean mining company? | Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Lawmakers scrambling to finish writing budget bills on time

Minnesota lawmakers on Friday were still working through several sticking points in budget negotiations for transportation, education and public safety spending, even as they struck deals on other legislation, including drought relief and allowing some breweries to sell growlers. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, made her first appearance with reporters since quarantining with COVID-19 […] The post Lawmakers scrambling to finish writing budget bills on time appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Former MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan received unemployment benefits after being ousted

Former MN GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who was ousted from her leadership role last August amid allegations of leading a toxic organization rife with sexual harassment and bullying, has received more than $8,000 in unemployment insurance, according to a campaign finance disclosure she filed. Carnahan also reported receiving $125,006 from the Minnesota Republican Party last […] The post Former MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan received unemployment benefits after being ousted appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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A nurse on chronic understaffing and moral injury: ‘You were supposed to take care of me’ | Opinion

After two years on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports are now bargaining for new contracts with hospital executives at major health care systems in Minnesota. We believe both nurses and hospital executives should share the goal of a contract that recognizes nurses’ sacrifices and addresses […] The post A nurse on chronic understaffing and moral injury: ‘You were supposed to take care of me’ | Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Fix this: Family child care providers deserve hazard pay | Opinion

There are approximately 7,000 family child care providers in Minnesota. Each of us is licensed to care for 10-12 children. That means that up to 84,000 kids are in the care of family child care providers. When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, and the state shut down, we were not only asked to […] The post Fix this: Family child care providers deserve hazard pay | Opinion appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Misinformation, violence and a paper shortage threaten midterm elections, officials say

Members of a U.S. Senate panel and election administrators raised a bevy of concerns Thursday about the challenges elections officials will face this fall, saying problems ranging from a lack of paper to coordinated misinformation campaigns could affect confidence in U.S. democracy.  A bipartisan panel of current and former elections officials and experts told the […] The post Misinformation, violence and a paper shortage threaten midterm elections, officials say appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.

Tenants withhold rent from hedge-fund owned HavenBrook Homes to force repairs

Families renting from one of the state’s largest private landlords, HavenBrook Homes, have started putting their rent in escrow in an attempt to force the company to address numerous health and safety issues in their homes in north Minneapolis. Tenants of HavenBrook, which is owned by New York-based hedge fund Pretium Partners, say the company […] The post Tenants withhold rent from hedge-fund owned HavenBrook Homes to force repairs appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
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Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates. “To be crystal clear, this is about disrupting and destroying […] The post Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country.  The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […] The post Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk appeared first on Minnesota Reformer.