February State Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
Steve Simon

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

February 15, 2018 — 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 484 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. Read More

Activist Wants To Stop Muslims From Participating In Minnesota’s GOP

The following article by Rowaida Abdelaziz was posted on the Huffington Post website February 12, 2018:

A conservative activist in Minnesota introduced a resolution last week to “minimize and eliminate the influence of Islam” in the state’s Republican Party.

Jeff Baumann, a notorious anti-Muslim activist in Minnesota’s Senate District 36, also urged in the resolution that “no Islamic leader, religious or otherwise, shall ever be allowed to deliver the invocation at any Republican convention or event.”

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Members of Congress respond to more than money – sometimes

The following article by Jan Leighley, Professor, Department of Government, American University, was posted on the Conversation website February 9, 2018:

Demonstrators protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, in front of the U.S embassy in Brussel, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Does citizen activism really affect the actions of elected officials?

Despite the ubiquitous role of money in campaigns, elections and policymaking, some citizens clearly still believe in the power of protest.

In the month of December 2017 alone, an organization called The Crowd Counting Consortium “tallied 796 protests, demonstrations, strikes, marches, sit-ins and rallies,” some of them featuring thousands of people, across the country. Over the past year, the offices of many members of Congress and other elected officials have been jammed with constituents voicing their opinions on the Affordable Care Act, the immigration program called DACA, abortion and sexual harassment, among others. Read More

10,000 Lakes

The following is from an e-mail from Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sent February 7, 2018:

Credit: Glen Stubbe

My Office has been inundated with inquiries about the lawsuit against 3M Company regarding fluorochemicals. The purpose of this advisory is to provide background on the litigation.

History

The Manhattan Project.

The Manhattan Project was a top-secret project undertaken by the American military during World War II.  Its mission was to create the nuclear bomb.  A major hurdle in the Manhattan Project was the inability to separate the uranium needed to make the bomb.  The scientists discovered that fluorine gas could be used to separate the uranium.  Fluorine is a greenish-yellow gas that is buried deep in the rocks beneath the earth and is among the most dangerous elements that exists. It was called the “Wildest Hellcat” or the “Devil’s Poison.”   It can burn water.  It can burn steel.  It can burn asbestos. Read More

February Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
Steve Simon

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

February 5, 2018 — 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 494 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

Minnesota Republicans no-show for environmental debate. All of them.

The following article by Jacob Steinberg was posted on the City Pages website January 30,2018:


This scene, from a hiking trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), was probably not on the agenda at the College Republicans’ fundraiser. Credit: Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

A dozen of Minnesota’s candidates for governor were invited to present their plans to address the state’s pressing environmental issues at last week’s “Our New Environment” Minnesota Governors Forum.

DFL candidates, among them DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, and former Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen convened at Hamline University on Jan. 24 to debate water quality, renewable energy, the controversial Enbridge Line 3 replacement, and the PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Read More

Supporter of anti-Muslim policies Raheel Raza speaks at Minnesota State Capitol

The following article by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch staff was posted on their website January 29, 2018:

Raheel Raza

Last Wednesday, controversial Pakistani-Canadian activist Raheel Raza visited the Minnesota State Capitol to meet with Republican state lawmakers.

Raza’s appearance was met with vocal resistance from Democratic lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, who penned a letter to Rep. Roz Peterson asking her to rescind Raza’s invitation. Hortman’s office provided a copy of the letter to Hatewatch. Read More

Forest Service scales back environmental study of mining near BWCA

The following article by Jennifer Brooks was posted on the StarTribune website January 26, 2018:

Trump scales back study of proposed copper mine.

Credit: Brian Peterson / StarTribune file

– The Trump administration is scaling back an environmental review of mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, infuriating environmentalists but delighting Iron Range communities eager for new jobs.

The Obama administration ordered a comprehensive study a year ago, as part of a broader effort to block a copper-nickel mining operation from a huge swath of forests and lakes next to one of Minnesota’s most beloved outdoor recreation areas. Instead of that study, known as an environmental impact statement, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday it would conduct a more modest review, called an environmental assessment. Read More

Solar tariffs would kill jobs, harm environment

The following commentary by the USA Today Editorial Board was posted on their website January 16, 2018:

If China wants to subsidize the greening of America, let them: Our view

Credt: GaborfromHungary via morguefile.com

Any day now, President Trump is expected to decide whether to punish China with tariffs on cheap solar cells and panels it exports to America.

For a president who raged against China during the presidential campaign, calling its mounting trade deficit with the United States “the greatest theft in the history of the world,” it might be tempting to finally substitute action for rhetoric. But a decision to slap big import taxes on the Chinese-made solar parts would be a serious mistake, one likely to kill far more American jobs than it saves.  Read More

January, 2018 Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

January 16, 2018 — 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 495 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. Read More