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    DFL gubernatorial candidates talk health care

    DFL gubernatorial candidates talk health careHeather J. Carlson, hcarlson@postbulletin.com Oct 17, 2017 Minnesota State Representative Paul Thissen answers a question pertaining to rural health care during the DFL Gubernatorial Debate Tuesday night at the Heintz Center in Rochester. Other DFL candidates are, from left, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, U.S.   Read More...

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    Rep. Paul Thissen celebrates MN #StartupWeek by promoting IDEA Act

    Rep. Paul Thissen has introduced the IDEA Act. The Innovation, Discovery and Entrepreneurship Act creates a robust public-private partnership to generate meaningful high-paying jobs and put exciting, new ideas into the marketplace.  Read More...

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    DFLers vie for union votes

    DFLers vie for union votesBy Peter Passi on Oct 6, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.DULUTH — Six DFL gubernatorial hopefuls took the stage Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, in front of a sea of people wearing union-themed green T-shirts at the annual convention of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees Council 5, hosted this year by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.Through moderator Barbara Reyelts, the audience peppered the candidates for Minnesota governor with questions ...  Read More...

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    Supreme Court should protect Labor Unions

    Public employees are the people who make our communities work and the case of Janus v. AFSCME threatens public employee labor unions. The Supreme Court made the correct decision 40 years ago with its decision that labor unions were critically important to a democratic society. It should respect that long-standing precedent and continue to protect the rights of working people.  Read More...

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    ‘We are not done’

    Prior to the march, former House Minority Leader and candidate for governor Paul Thissen called on the hospital system to pause the planned transition to give the community a chance to stop the elimination of services in Albert Lea. He said the hospital needs to be open and transparent. Over the past five years, Mayo Clinic has made profits that range between $400 million and $800 million per year, said Thissen, who discussed the responsibility he said the hospital has to taxpayers based on the state investment in the Destination Medical Center project. He said he is open to re-writing language regarding the DMC, as well as making it easier for communities to bring in a health care provider. Thissen predicted if the hospital system transitions most inpatient services, similar situations could unfold in other communities.  Read More...

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    More than 300 protest Albert Lea hospital consolidation

    Rep. Paul Thissen, former House minority leader and a candidate for governor, implored Mayo to delay its planned transition and to allow Albert Lea to stop the elimination of services in town. He also pointedly said the hospital has a responsibility to taxpayers because of Minnesota's investment in Destination Medical Center, which helps fund infrastructure in Rochester. Thissen also became the first state lawmaker to suggest DMC legislation could be rewritten because of the Albert Lea debate.  Read More...

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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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