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    Thissen calls for end to closed meetings at Capitol

    TONKA BAY — South Minneapolis state Rep. Paul Thissen, if elected governor of Minnesota, would get rid of closed meetings at the State Capitol and subject legislators to the same public meetings laws that shed light on city and school officials.His comments came before a group of 25 DFL Party supporters who gathered Thursday, Sept. 21.

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    Paul Thissen on the Mike McIntee Show Podcast

    Paul Thissen talks with Mike McIntee about the need for transparency, and his primary goals as Governor of Minnesota. Click the link to listen to the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/am950-show-podcasts/paul-thissen-mike-mcintee-show-92117  Read More...

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    Thissen to speak at Albert Lea hospital rally

    ALBERT LEA — Save Our Hospital has secured two speakers for the Sept. 30 Rally for Rural Healthcare outside Mayo Clinic's Albert Lea campus.

    Rep. Paul Thissen, the former Democratic speaker of the house and a candidate for governor in 2018, and Dr. Matthew Kumar, who has filed four federal antitrust complaints against Mayo, have both agreed to speak, according to Save Our Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Vogt-Erickson.

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    Minnesota Representative Argues for Cannabis Legalization to Help Dismantle Racial Inequality

    by Tyler Koslow

    Minnesota Rep. Paul Thissen believes the recreational legalization is necessary to curb racial inequality in the state’s criminal justice system.

    Paul Thissen, the former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is arguing that the first step to reforming the unbalanced criminal justice system is legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Recently gathered data seems to back up Thissen’s claim, showing a disproportionate number of minorities being locked up for drug-related charges inn Minnesota. In 2015, 6,829 people were arrested for marijuana possession, making up a whopping 39 percent of all drug crimes in the state.

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    One Step to Dismantling Racial Inequality in our Criminal Justice System: Legalize Marijuana

    When Philando Castile was pulled over for a broken taillight, Officer Yanez smelled “burnt marijuana” in Castile’s car. Yanez later told investigators that the presence of marijuana made him believe his life was in danger. The tragic results of that traffic stop bring into sharp focus ...  Read More...

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    Representative Mike Sundin Endorses Paul Thissen for Governor

    Representative Mike Sundin, (DFL) 11A, announced that he is endorsing Representative Paul Thissen for Governor. Sundin, a 3rd term representative from Esko, Minnesota, which extends to Carlton, Pine and St. Louis counties, is also a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.“As a 39 year union member, I’m proud to stand with Paul Thissen on Labor Day and announce that I am endorsing Paul for Governor of Minnesota,” Sundin said.   Read More...

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    Rep. Paul Thissen launches run for governor

    Minnesota Representative Paul Thissen (DFL-District 61B) announced that he would run for governor on Thursday.“There are two reasons I’m running for governor,” he said. “The first is there are huge economic forces bearing down on Minnesota families and we need a governor that is going to stand-up and fight for the average Minnesotan.  Read More...

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    Former House speaker Thissen hits the road again for governor bid

    Former House speaker Thissen hits the road again for governor bidBy Zach Kayser on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.BRAINERD, Minn. — DFLer Paul Thissen aims to unite Minnesota voters over economic fairness and open government in his bid to become the state's next governor.The former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives is running on protecting Minnesotans from economic shifts, and he touted his record as a House member by pointing out how he backed initiatives like the rece...  Read More...

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    DFL candidates for governor, 1st District visit town

    DFL candidates for governor, 1st District visit townBy Sam WilmesEmail the authorPublished 5:44 pm Friday, June 16, 2017DFL candidates for state and federal offices discussed their qualifications and goals for the party at a picnic Thursday at Pioneer Park in Albert Lea.Former Minnesota House DFL Speaker Paul Thissen, who announced his candidacy for governor earlier that day, attended the event. He said two things are motivating his candidacy.“The big issue we are facing in the state right...  Read More...

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    Former House Speaker Thissen adds his name to crush of gubernatorial candidates

    Former House Speaker Thissen adds his name to crush of gubernatorial candidatesBy RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER | rstassen-berger@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer PressPUBLISHED: June 15, 2017 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: August 15, 2017 at 1:32 pmState Rep. Paul Thissen, a former House speaker who made a run for governor seven years ago, announced Thursday that he will seek the state’s highest office again.Thissen brings a Minneapolis voice to the crush of names vying for governor.   Read More...