After President Trump’s Refusal to Denounce White Supremacists, Will Minnesota Republicans Campaign with the President and Vice President, Continue their Silence?

Despite Trump-Pence emboldening white supremacists, Republicans in Minnesota refuse to denounce the leaders of their party by name 

Will Minnesota Republicans campaign with President Trump and Vice President Pence? Will Chair Carnahan invite Trump to campaign with Republican candidates across the state?

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Chairman Ken Martin is calling out Minnesota Republicans’ silence and refusal to forcefully condemn the Trump-Pence Administration for its disturbing reaction to last weekend’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and asking whether they will campaign with the ticket in the weeks and months ahead. Read More

August 17, 2017 Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

August 17, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 432 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period. Read More

August 1, 2017 Minnesota State Openings

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

August 1, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 452 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period. Read More

July 17, 2017 Notice of State Vacancies in Boards, Councils and Committees

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
Steve Simon

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

July 17, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 452 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period.

See our new instructions on HOW TO APPLY at the end of the message.

CURRENT VACANCIES

Below is a list of agencies with new vacancies.
Please visit our website for complete descriptions.

Advisory Committee: Blind And Visually Impaired
Vacancies: 1 Seat — School / Related Service Personnel

Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
Vacancies: 5 Seats — Occupational Therapist
Vacancies: 3 Seats — Occupational Therapy Assistant
Vacancies: 3 Seats — Public Member

Construction Codes Advisory Council
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Board Representative

Council For Minnesotans Of African Heritage
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Member

Drug Formulary Committee
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Member – Pharmacist

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force
Vacancies: 1 Seat — At Large Member
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Environmental Org. Rep.
Vacancies: 2 Seats — Farm Org. Rep.
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Fuel User Group
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Grower Organization Rep
Vacancies: 4 Seats — Petroleum Industry Rep.
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Processing Industry Representative
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Processing Industry Representative
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Processing Industry Representative
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Research Institution Representative
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Research Institution Representative

Ombudsman Committee For Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Advocate

Palliative Care Advisory Council
Vacancies: 2 Seats — Care Coordinators
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Health Plan Representative
Vacancies: 3 Seats — Licensed Health Professionals
Vacancies: 2 Seats — Member
Vacancies: 4 Seats — Patient or Personal Caregiver
Vacancies: 2 Seats — Physician
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Physician Assistant
Vacancies: 2 Seats — Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Social Worker

Spinal Cord And Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council
Vacancies: 1 Seat — A person who is a veteran with traumatic brain injury
Vacancies: 1 Seat — A physician specializing in the treatment of spinal cord injury
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Advisory Council Member
Vacancies: 5 Seats — Specialty Representatives

State Advisory Council On Mental Health
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Consumer
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Family Member
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Mn Disability Law Center Rep

HOW TO APPLY

Visit the Open Positions page.
Scroll down to find the correct Agency/Board/Council.
Choose the correct seat type, and click button that says APPLY
The system will walk you through creating an application profile.

Page 2 of the application will now allow you to attach the following documents:
• Letter of Interest
• Resume or Biography

Applicants are encouraged to use the online application as the Appointing Authority will have access to your information as soon as it is submitted.

Applications submitted via downloadable application may experience some delay in reaching the Appointing Authority.
Paper applications may be submitted by email to: Open.Appointments@state.mn.us or by mail or in person to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299

In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications will be reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority. Applications are kept on file for a one-year period.

Stacking the Political Deck

NOTE: This is why the next state election is critical. The party in power in the state legislature will control how district borders are redrawn. Get involved either with your state legislators’ campaigns or with us and help undo what’s been done in the last redistricting.

Redistricting set the GOP up for electoral success and Democrats are fighting back.

The following article by Joseph P. Williams was posted on the U.S. News website July 14, 2017:

Credit: Eric Gay/AP

For the Republican Party, the 2010 midterm elections have been a gift that keeps on giving.

Besides sending Democrats into the political wilderness, the electoral surge that swept Republicans to the House majority also gave them control of the lion’s share of state legislatures, just as the decennial redrawing of local voting districts was set to begin. Sensing a once-in-a-generation opportunity, GOP officials executed a detailed, swing-state plan to carve out safe legislative districts for themselves, accusations of gerrymandering (and allegations of racism) be damned.

They’ve held the House majority ever since.

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Could 2018 be another big year for constitutional amendments in Minnesota?

The following article by Briana Bierschbach was posted on the MinnPost site July 12, 2017:

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

It’s a simple formula: One-party controlled of the Minnesota Legislature + a governor of the opposing party = constitutional amendments on the ballot.

That’s been the case over the last two decades in Minnesota, where gridlock between the legislative and executive branches has prompted lawmakers to take issues directly to voters time and time again — on everything from increasing taxes for arts and conservation to imposing more restrictive voter identification laws.

As lawmakers look to the next election, all the ingredients are in place to see more of the same: Republicans in control the House and Senate have been butting heads all year with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, and legislators of both parties have already teed up a handful of issues that could be on the ballot as constitutional amendments in 2018. Read More

‘Love Thy Neighbor?’

The following article by Stephanie McCrummen was posted on the Washington Post July 1, 2017:

When a Muslim doctor arrived in a rural Midwestern town, “it felt right.” But that feeling began to change after the election of Donald Trump.

Ayaz Virji walks home from work with his wife, Musarrat Virji, in Dawson, Minn. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

The doctor was getting ready. Must look respectable, he told himself. Must be calm. He changed into a dark suit, blue shirt and tie and came down the wooden staircase of the stately Victorian house at Seventh and Pine that had always been occupied by the town’s most prominent citizens.

That was him: prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson, a farming town of 1,400 people in the rural western part of the state.

“Does this look okay?” Ayaz Virji asked his wife, Musarrat, 36. Read More

July, 2017 State Board, Councils and Committee Vacancies

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
Steve Simon

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

July 3, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 410 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period. Read More

New Minnesota Laws Effective July 1, 2017

The following information was supplied by the Minnesota House of Representatives:

The following is a list of select new laws passed during the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions that take effect July 1, 2017. The asterisk following the bill number denotes the language that became law. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2017 Legislature in regular and special sessions are available online from nonpartisan House Public Information Services at http://www.house.mn/newlaws/#/ search/2017.

AGRICULTURE

New law includes money designated for plant pests, noxious weeds

Sponsored by Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) and Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), the omnibus agriculture finance law appropriates more than $120 million from the General Fund during the upcoming biennium to fund the Department of Agriculture ($106.24 million), Board of Animal Health ($10.87 million) and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute ($7.58 million).

The Department of Agriculture appropriation includes money designated to expand capabilities for the rapid detection, identification, containment, control and management of high priority plant pests and pathogens, as well as grants to local units of government responding to noxious weed threats. Read More

June 19, 2017: Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

June 19, 2017 — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 513 vacancies can be found on our website Open Positions.

Applications may be submitted online, and must be submitted within 21 days of the “Publish Date” listed on our Open Positions page, to be assured of full consideration by the appointing authority. Appointing authorities may choose to review applications received by the Secretary of State after the 21 day application period. Read More