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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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    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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