It was a short week with state and federal offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Dr. King showed America how nonviolent activism was key in the Civil Rights Movement. This day allows all us to reflect on the progress made by Dr. King and the other leaders who fought for justice.
We had two Senate floor sessions this week. Most work was seen in committees. The Capital Investment Committee released its Bonding Bill. It reflects the Senate Bonding Bill which was voted on last session in bipartisan support. (more…)
Senate District 46 Town Hall Date & Location:
Tuesday, January 31st, at 6:00 pm at the St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers.
CAPITOL UPDATE JANUARY 20, 2017
As most of you know, this past Wednesday, the Sabes JCC became the latest Jewish community center nationwide to receive a bomb threat. I had planned to be there that evening for an event. We do not have all the details yet, but I have the utmost confidence in our local law enforcement and their broader enforcement partners. I am very thankful for the outpouring of love and support for our community! I know we will continue to stand together against those who intend to inflict terror on any group or individual anywhere. If we do not speak out against aggression, we are inviting those with hate in their heart to test the waters. (more…)
Volume 3 Issue 3
January 20th, 2017
A weekly message from your Senator
Dear Constituents and Friends,
The third week of session kicked off with an extra push from Governor Dayton and a collection of stories from Minnesotans about how immediate health insurance premium relief is needed. From farmers to self-employed software engineers, everyday Minnesotans shared their unique stories about the urgent need for health insurance premium relief. The Senate passed a premium relief bill last week. The House passed its own version of a premium relief bill Thursday. The Senate and House will meet in a conference committee to develop a final bill. (more…)
The following article by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee was posted on the Washington Post website January 20, 2017:
Generally, inaugural addresses are not designed to be fact-checked. But President Trump’s address was nothing if not unique, presenting a portrait of the United States that often was at variance with reality. Here’s a guide to understanding whether the facts back up his rhetoric.
“Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed.”
“Today, as Donald Trump becomes president, the Trump Administration will start working to undo all the progress we’ve made over the past 8 years. Their reckless ideas don’t account for the very real people who will be affected by them combined with the unrestrained support by the GOP-controlled Congress creates an unknown level of fear for what our future holds.
“But it’s not about how much we fear the uncertainty. It’s about how we transform that fear into fuel to fight the discrimination and hatred inherent in Trump’s policies so that we can protect the progress we made under President Obama’s bold leadership. (more…)
The following article by Eric Boehlert was posted on the Media Matters website January 19, 2017:
Right on cue, as President Obama readies his exit from office, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza this week published a misguided critique of the Democrat’s two terms. His analysis focused specifically on Obama’s broken “promise” and parroted a favorite Beltway media talking point: Both sides are to blame for the federal government being mired in “partisan gridlock” during his eight years, and it’s largely Obama’s fault he didn’t “fix” politics. Obama didn’t create “a government that worked for all of us”; he failed to create “something new, different and better,” wrote Cillizza.
Cillizza acknowledges that “Democrats immediately point to the fact that congressional Republicans, almost from the first day of Obama’s time in the White House, made opposing him a political strategy,” but dismisses it as being the primary cause for the partisan mess. (In Cillizza’s view, it’s both sides’ supposed culpability for the failed “grand bargain” in 2011 that serves as the key event.) (more…)
The following article by Michelle Ye Hee Lee was posted on their website:
In the third installment of this Fact Checker series, we fact-checked what President-elect Donald Trump got wrong in 11 tweets in the past week. And we have a bonus at the end of the round-up: something Trump got right on Twitter.
The following article by the Media Matters Staff was posted on their website January 18, 2017:
President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel is banning reporters from its premises during inauguration week, according to Politico’s Daniel Lippman. The move underscores the incoming president’s personal hostility toward the press and raises First Amendment issues, as the hotel space is leased by the president-elect from the federal government.
Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the transition, Trump has made his hostility to the press a centerpiece of his political strategy. Trump declared war on the press, which included mocking specific reporters as “neurotic,” “dumb,” and a “waste of time.” He retreated to softball interviews during the final weeks of the campaign with largely friendly interviewers, Fox News, and fringe media. Since the election, Trump has lashed out at The New York Times several times for its “BAD coverage.” Trump’s own incoming press secretary also admitted that he threatened to remove a journalist who was trying to ask the president-elect a question, and prominent Trump supporter and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich applauded the threat, calling it “a signal, frankly, to all the other reporters that there are going to be real limits” for proper behavior. (more…)
The following article by Cynthia Tucker Haynes was posted on the National Memo website January 20, 2017:
We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science. Each side believes the other is corrupt, mendacious and malicious.
This troubling divide would be difficult to bridge for a personality more temperamentally suited to the task. The imperturbable Barack Obama was sorely tested by the challenge of appealing to critics who insisted he was illegitimate. Hillary Clinton, had she become his successor, would have been confronted with a disloyal opposition that had already promised to embroil her in partisan investigations and spurious lawsuits. She, too, would have been pushed to the limits of her patience. (more…)
2017 Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota health insurance premium relief for 120,000 passed by House, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota House passes $300 million health premium rebate plan, Star Tribune
Minn. Lawmakers reach negotiation stage on health premium relief, MPR
Republican Lawmakers in 5 States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest, UpRoxx
In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes, Washington Post
Cong. Tim Walz
Walz: ‘Everything’s on the table’ for VA this year, Mankato Free Press (more…)