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  • Saturday, August 22, 2009

    MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, Progressive Candidates, The Minnesota Project, Drinking Liberally

    Some News from Minnesota:

    Minnesota’s Mass Transit Movement...and on a related topic: Another Light Rail Project Moves Forward

    GOP Idea Gap: Defeating Reform As A Political Strategy...it is amazing that the Greedy Oil Party really has nothing to offer except saying "No" to everything

    Minnesota deserves more than a Bachmann soundbite.


    Progressive Candidates: Here are some candidates endorsed by Progressive Majority running in Minnesota.

    Beth Olson: Candidate for Duluth City Council (Open Seat)



    Beth Olson is a 38 year old first time candidate from Duluth, MN running for the Duluth City Council, at large. Beth is a social worker in Duluth and a community leader. She is running to build a stronger, more inclusive city. Currently, the Duluth City Council has a conservative, anti-labor majority by one vote. The election of Beth will flip the Duluth City Council to a progressive majority. Beth has been working tirelessly to reach key voters with her progressive message. Beth will be a dynamic member of the city council and help it to build a progressive vision for one of Minnesota's leading cities.

    Click here to support and learn more about Beth.


    Jim Llanas: Candidate for Maplewood City Council (Challenger)



    Jim Llanas is a 41 year old software salesperson and candidate from Maplewood, MN running for the Maplewood City Council At Large. Building on our work in Maplewood in 2007, we have an opportunity this year to elect another progressive to the council and extend our majority. Jim is running to ''put residents first'' and he's actively working to reinstate the Maplewood Human Rights Commission, which was eliminated during the conservative majority's tenure. Jim has done an outstanding job bringing his message to the voters of Maplewood and Progressive Majority is excited to help him in his campaign. There are currently three candidates (including one incumbent) running for two at-large seats.

    Click here to support and learn more about Jim.


    Lonni Skrentner: Candidate for Edina School Board (Open Seat)



    Lonni Skrentner is a 63 year old first time candidate from Edina, MN running for the Edina School Board At Large. Lonni is a retired teacher and a lifelong advocate for kids and schools in Edina. She is a member of Education Minnesota and is extremely well known in her community. She is running to strengthen the Edina public schools and brings with her a strong commitment to public education. Lonni's leadership and vision will prove invaluable to ensuring the long term strength of Edina's public schools.

    Click here to support and learn more about Lonni.


    Blogging Minnesota:

    Lefty Blogs Minnesota: Liberal News Roundup in Minnesota

    Minnesota Progressive Project. : Updates on campaigns in Minnesota. The combined efforts of the Minnesota Campaign Report and MN Blue.

    MNDem.com brings commonsense, family-oriented, and slightly left leaning observations to Minnesota voters. "The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better." -- Paul Wellstone

    Change We Must Fight For


    PROGRESSIVE GROUPS IN MINNESOTA:

    The Minnesota Project is a nonprofit organization that connects people with policy to nurture collaborations that build strong local economies, vibrant communities and a healthy environment.

    Our programs are focused on clean renewable energy and efficient use of energy; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that protect the environment; and the production and consumption of local and sustainably-produced foods.

    The Minnesota Project works in ways that emphasize collaboration, community building, and capacity building. For over twenty-five years we have fostered local empowerment, bridged diverse interests, encouraged shared values, and initiated working dialogues that create positive action and policy.

    Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agricultre Newsletter: A Partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Sustainer's Coalition.

    Alternative Energy Resources in Minnesota: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Minnesota. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.


    And for those who like mixing fun and politics, here are a couple of Drinking Liberally groups in Minnesota:

    Minneapolis
    Every Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
    331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE (13th and University in Northeast Minneapolis)
    Hosted by Robin Marty

    Morris
    First and Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm
    Old #1, 412 Atlantic Avenue
    Hosted by Jeff Lamberty

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