Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Copyright MN House of Representatives. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN.

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Border battle: ND refuses to pay millions in MN renewable energy bills

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Energy, Environment, Environmental, Global warming/climate change, Minnesota, News, North Dakota, Regulatory Reform  /  No Comments

NO (RENEWABLE) ELECTRIFICATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION:  North Dakota ratepayers will save nearly $6 million in charges for costly MN renewable energy costs under new agreement with MN-based utility.
MN DEED photo.

Call it “no (renewable) electrification without representation.”

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Federal lawsuit challenges MN campaign donor limits

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Elections, Minnesota, News, Personal liberty, State Elections  /  No Comments

FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED RIGHTS? Group of MN candidates and donors file federal lawsuit over state campaign finance law in case that could affect this election cycle. Photo Institute for Justice.

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on campaign donations in federal elections, two candidates and two individuals filed a federal lawsuit to get rid of a Minnesota campaign finance law.

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State school safety report shows better grades in MN

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Education, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Anti-bullying bills dominated the education headlines from the 2014 legislative session, yet an annual state report card on school safety shows student behavior is down on the list of disciplinary issues registered by Minnesota’s publicly funded schools.

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MN union drive moves ahead in shadow of Supreme Court case

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Supreme Court, unions  /  No Comments

MN'S BIGGEST UNION ELECTION EVER?  SEIU continues organization drive aimed at  thousands of MN personal care attendants despite pending Supreme Court case that could change the ground rules.

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The future of public employee unions for state-paid personal care attendants remains up in the air as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs an Illinois case, but you’d never know it by the organizing drive underway to from a sister union in Minnesota.

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