Bathroom Bill Ignites Debate in Minnesota

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

The bill H.F. 3396, also called the Individual’s Right to Privacy and Safety in Public Accommodations Act, authored by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen has ignited a heated debate in Minnesota over transgender rights. If passed, the bill would define sex in Minnesota as being either a male or a female as biologically defined. There are a great deal of transgender citizens living in Minnesota who are excluded from the definition of sex proposed by Gruenhagen in his bill.

Gruenhagen’s bill, based on his definition of sex, would ban transgender people from using “employer restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and similar facilities relating to sexual orientation.” The bill’s provisions would also be extended to public schools and universities. Understandably, this has caused quite a stir in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Politics 2014: Where are the Debates? Where’s the Drama?

Al franken - 2014 Minnesota elections

Some Minnesotans might be surprised to hear that we’re at the brink of a major political storm. A slow stream of articles have touched on some of the races sprouting from the August primaries, but a full-scale clash (annoying TV ads, smear campaigns, debates, etc.) between the parties is still on hold. The building pressure will likely result in short but sharply negative contests.

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Interesting Races Sprouting From Tuesday’s Primaries

Minnesota Precinct Caucuses -DFL -GOP - Statewide - Your Vote Counts - February - 2014

Tuesday had its share of winners and losers in the world of Minnesota politics. The big story was the sub 10% turnout of eligible voters (which is low for our state); but for me the excitement was found in the genesis of full-fledged autumn campaigns. A notable few are actually quite interesting.

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Number of Uninsured Minnesotans Down by 40%

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California

Reports indicate the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell from 445,000 on September 30 of 2013 to 264,500 on May 1 of 2014 — this according to a study released last week by the University of Minnesota. This represents a 40% decrease in the number of people in Minnesota without health insurance since the rollout of “Obamacare” (the Affordable Care Act) on October 1, 2013.

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Looming Budget Issues for Minnesota?

st. paul capitol - matthew deery

For the fourth straight month Minnesota has taken a significantly lower amount of tax revenue than expected. Back in February, budget officials announced a projected $1.23 billion surplus for the fiscal year 2014-2015. This forecast, which helps to inform lawmakers on tax and spending issues, is not quite holding true to form; though officials urge caution in drawing conclusions for how it will surface in the budget.

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