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DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now

BY: - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a prior ruling that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful, sending the case back to a lower court that will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600,000 undocumented people. The ruling means the program remains for now and those […]

Bernie Sanders’ Iowa political director went on to work for Feeding Our Future

BY: - October 6, 2022

A former key aide to Bernie Sanders’ Iowa presidential campaign went on to work as a consultant for Feeding our Future, a nonprofit that federal prosecutors say was at the center of the nation’s biggest pandemic relief program fraud. Abshir Omar was also deputy director of a nonprofit that ran six food distribution sites — sponsored by Feeding Our Future — serving 4,000 kids per day.

Minnesota legislators create secular caucus to counter Christian nationalism

BY: - October 5, 2022

A group of Democratic state legislators announced on Wednesday the creation of the Secular Government Caucus to counter the rise in Christian nationalism and politicians imposing their personal religious beliefs on others.  The caucus opposes religious discrimination and wants to uphold the constitutional separation of church and state. Christian nationalism asserts that the U.S. is […]

American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest funders of election deniers

BY: - October 5, 2022

Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest political funders of election deniers in Congress, according to a new report from the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. American Crystal Sugar, through its political action committee, has donated $530,000 to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election […]

Legal Marijuana Now candidate for 2nd Congressional District dies

BY: - October 5, 2022

Paula Overby, the Legal Marijuana Now candidate in the race for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, has died at 68. Overby’s son, Tyler, told the Reformer his mother died at M Health Fairview on Wednesday morning from heart valve complications, though her official cause of death hasn’t been determined. Tyler Overby said his mother had been […]

Congressional candidate Tyler Kistner has repeatedly suggested he saw combat, but he didn’t

BY: - October 5, 2022

During his first bid for Congress in 2020, Republican candidate Tyler Kistner repeatedly suggested he saw combat while in the U.S. Marine Corps, despite military records that say otherwise.

Who would serve in a Scott Jensen administration?

BY: - October 5, 2022

The last time Minnesotans elected a Republican governor, Apple had yet to release the original iPhone.  Tim Pawlenty was the last Republican governor, and he left in 2011. Many of his senior advisors have since retired or cashed in on their government service by becoming lobbyists and consultants.  If Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen […]

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

Mental health workers reach tentative deal at Fairview as strike continues at Allina

BY: - October 4, 2022

The union representing about 350 mental health workers at M Health Fairview announced a tentative agreement on a first labor agreement on Monday, a year after workers voted to unionize with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. While workers at M Health Fairview hammered out a deal, more than 130 mental health workers at Allina hospitals launched a […]

She reported sexual abuse on the job. The boss told her it was consensual.

BY: - October 4, 2022

Norma Izaguirre still has trouble sleeping. For months, she felt like she was being trailed, certain that the man who she says raped and repeatedly sexually assaulted her at work would follow through on his threats to hurt her and her family after she reported the abuse. Her anxiety has eased since Diego Medina, 30, […]

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

BY: - October 3, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]

Mental health workers launch 3-day strike at Allina hospitals in Twin Cities

BY: - October 3, 2022

More than 130 mental health workers at two Minneapolis area hospitals began a three-day strike on Monday to pressure Allina Health for higher wages, better benefits and more safety protections from violent and abusive patients. The strike at Abbott Northwestern and Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus comes amid growing unrest among health care workers, who say they’re […]