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    Minnesota Democrat Governor Candidate Visits Duluth

    January 14, 2018 10:49 PMMinnesota Democrat governor candidate representative Paul Thissen made a stop to Duluth on Sunday to meet with community members.Thissen was the former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and represents the district 61-B in south Minneapolis. He has been a part of the Minnesota Legislature for 15 years.Thissen was at the Reef Bar cheering on the Vikings.He says he wants to help the middle class by making things like healthcare, childcare, and higher educati...  Read More...

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    Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Thissen Visits Duluth

    January 14, 2018  Graham HakalaDULUTH, Minn. –  Another candidate or Minnesota governor has thrown his hat into the ring for the DFL.  Paul Thissen is a former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, who also served as a DFL Minority Leader.   Read More...

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    Editorial: Conversing with candidates for governor: Today, Paul Thissen

    By PIONEER PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD | Pioneer PressPUBLISHED: December 27, 2017 at 12:12 am | UPDATED: December 27, 2017 at 5:02 pmA mom from Mora is among Minnesotans whose experiences resonate with Rep. Paul Thissen as he campaigns for governor. She has two kids in high school, but only one can participate in school activities because the fee to do so is beyond her budget.   Read More...

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    Paul Thissen: Refugees? The facts are clear: No pause needed in Minnesota

    By Paul ThissenI spent a morning last week at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul.  The highlight of the trip was a visit to an English Language Learner classroom filled with junior-high-aged children whose families had recently arrived in Minnesota.   Read More...

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    Minn. health chief resigns amid state elder abuse concerns

    Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger will step down at the end of the day, Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Tuesday.The move comes weeks after a Minneapolis Star Tribune series exposed widespread elder abuse in Minnesota nursing care facilities that for years was systematically ignored.The stories incensed Dayton, who appointed a panel to respond to the concerns and questions raised by the newspaper's reports.   Read More...

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    Democrats stand with SEIU in Mayo spat

    ALBERT LEA — Mayo Clinic faced a wave of criticism Tuesday from state Democratic leaders during SEIU Healthcare Minnesota's strikein Albert Lea, including one who weighed in from the nation's capital while voting on the GOP tax bill.While five of the six DFL gubernatorial candidates visited the striking union workers in person, Congressman Tim Walz tweeted from Washington, D.C., that his "heart is with SEIU." No Republican leaders attended the picket or issued a statement for or agains...  Read More...

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    Two Minnesota legislators say they will push to protect net neutrality in wake of FCC decision

    Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, two DFL legislators announced a plan to “counteract” the decision and said they hope other states take similar steps.Rep. Paul Thissen and Sen. Ron Latz said Tuesday they would introduce legislation next year prohibiting internet service providers, like Comcast and Verizon, from blocking residents’ access to websites and applications.   Read More...

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    Lawmakers want state to take up ‘net neutrality’ fight

    A pair of Democratic legislators proposed Tuesday that Minnesota toughen state standards for internet service providers just as the federal government is giving them more flexibility in pricing and content control.State Sen. Ron Latz of St. Louis Park and Rep.   Read More...

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    Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants

    By PAUL THISSEN December 01, 2017 - 6:42 PMAs a state representative, my job under the Constitution is to work “for the security, benefit and protection of the people … ” Right now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make that job much harder.The FCC wants to prohibit the Minnesota Legislature from protecting Minnesota consumers when giant internet and telecommunications companies want to take, sell and profit from their private data without consent.Last spring, C...  Read More...

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    Minnesota students that owe lunch money are still facing 'lunch shaming' from schools

    Minnesota students that owe lunch money are still facing 'lunch shaming' from schoolsA law passed in 2014 was supposed to stop this from happening.Put yourself back in your middle school cafeteria.Backpack on, you and your friends amble to the back of the line, grab a tray, and move down the line to get food. A few of your buddies get through the checkout first – then you step up there and find out you owe money.So the cafeteria worker takes the food off your tray, throws it in the...  Read More...

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