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Trump’s Increased Deportation of Immigrant Americans

Minnesota could be dramatically affected by the stepped-up activity of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by direction of Donald J Trump (R) and this issue warrants serious corrective action in Congress. Here is a press release from the incoming DFL...

Announcement of Asian Pacific Caucus

The 2018 election will bring the total of Asian Pacific Community legislative members up from 2 to 6 and they will seek opportunities to coalesce and share knowledge with fellow members.  We received this press release. Slate of newly elected Asian American state...

St Paul City Council Seeks Interim Member

The announcement of St Paul City Council member by Dan Bostrom’s (Ward 6, DFL-St Paul) early retirement didn’t come as a surprise to us, we asked about such an occurrence from his staff Scott Renstrom and received a political answer and suggestion we speak with the...

Sticking with the Moniker Scheme

We are trying to find a good reference or a nickname incoming for Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-36B, Brooklyn Park). Because of her ice in the veins style, we thought something inline with the Elsa (Frozen) might be in the right vein, and then Ravenna, Evil Queen i.e....