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Race for Minnesota House picks up steam amid busy election year

Democrats have to gain 11 seats to flip control of the Republican-led House.

By Jessie Van Berkel Star Tribune JUNE 16, 2018 — 7:06PM

Ellen Cousins surprised some Minnetonka neighbors on a recent afternoon, greeting the old acquaintances with news that she’s running for the state House. Later that day in Mounds View, Kelly Moller was in the swing of what’s become an evening routine: talking with strangers about gun control, schools and health care.

“The election isn’t until November, but I am out early because there are a lot of people I have to meet,” Moller told Sovady Huston, who lingered at her front door to chat with the first-time candidate about education and her frustration with President Donald Trump.

There are still five months until Election Day, but DFLer Moller, Republican Cousins and other Minnesota House candidates are already fighting for voters’ attention and donors’ money amid a whirlwind of congressional and statewide races. The local competitions for 134 House seats may not be the big-ticket battles of this election year, but the House majority is still extremely valuable to both parties, and it’s swung between the GOP and DFL frequently in the last dozen years.

Republicans used their wide majority in the House to block many pieces of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s agenda in recent years. They want to maintain that backstop in case another Democrat takes the governor’s seat — or to reshape state government alongside a GOP governor.


Time to send some money to the DFLers........................

Because I don't like right wing fascist, with ties to the trump daughter, with land near the Boundary Water Canoe area and having a mining company, pollute that area...................and go around and blame the DFL party for not creating jobs............and anyone that has experienced that part of the country and those that would like to see it.............would be amazed, when you can look down into a lake and see the bottom because of the crystal clear water, and then see the Northern Lights in the winter and fall



White House Confirms That Mulvaney Deputy Is Pick to Lead Consumer Bureau

By Glenn Thrush
June 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has picked a deputy at the budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the consumer watchdog agency, a White House spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday.

The choice of Ms. Kraninger, who oversees the preparation of the budgets for cabinet departments, generated immediate opposition, with critics pointing to her inexperience in consumer and financial services issues and her association with Mr. Mulvaney. She was selected over the objection of some White House officials, who argued that her nomination could founder.

“The president intends to nominate Kathy Kraninger” as the new head of the consumer bureau, which was created under the Obama administration to curb abuses by banks, the payday lending industry and other financial services companies, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement. Word of Ms. Kraninger’s likely appointment was first reported on Friday.

On Saturday, White House officials played down the fact that she has never held a job as a regulator or worked in the financial services industry. “She will bring a fresh perspective and much-needed management experience” to the agency, Ms. Walters said, “which has been plagued by excessive spending, dysfunctional operations, and politicized agendas.” The Trump administration has criticized the consumer bureau’s aggressive regulatory posture under its Obama-appointed director, Richard Cordray.


Another administration official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Mr. Mulvaney had picked Ms. Kraninger because she was seen as more palatable, particularly to Democrats, than another candidate, Todd J. Zywicki, a conservative professor at George Mason.

Mr. Trump intends to officially nominate Ms. Kraninger this coming week and “hopes that she will be promptly confirmed by the Senate,” Ms. Walters said.


I would like to remind everyone.................that George Mason University----------------has programs funded by the Koch empire including the George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School


And then there is Andrew Olmem



She is not qualified to be nominated for this position....................none..............

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

Matt "Guitar" Murphy .....RIP......brother.....you were truly amazing

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy, Blues Brothers Guitarist, Dies at 88

Source: Billboard

Matt "guitar Murphy best known as the guitarist for the Blues Brothers, died Friday (June 15). He was 88.

Murphy's passing was confirmed by his nephew Floyd Murphy Jr., who performed alongside his uncle. "He was a strong man that lived a long long fruitful life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took," Floyd Jr. wrote on Facebook.

Murphy's cause of death had not been revealed at press time. In 2002, he suffered from a stroke that pushed him into semi-retirement, Rolling Stone reports.

Murphy was a veteran of the Chicago blues scene in the 1940s and '50s, and worked with a wide variety of artists, including Ike Turner, Etta James, James Cotton, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Boy Williamson. But he is best known as Aretha Franklin's soul food chef husband and band guitarist in the 1980 classic comedy The Blues Brothers.

Read more: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8461313/matt-guitar-murphy-blues-brothers-guitarist-dies-at-88

Major U.S. airlines aren't heeding China's warning to refer to Taiwan as a part of the country

JUN 16, 2018 | 7:00 AM

A demand by China that all air carriers worldwide refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on online maps and drop-down menus as Chinese territories — not as independent regions — is being ignored by the U.S.’s biggest airlines.

At least for now.

The order from Beijing came in May, and dozens of foreign-based carriers have already fallen in line.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press confirmed that 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, were referring to Taiwan as a part of China on their global websites. China claims democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, but the two have been ruled separately since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s.

In a statement, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “Foreign enterprises operating in China should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China’s law and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people.”

The White House, however, blasted the order, calling it “Orwellian nonsense.”


Anthony Scaramucci, L.A.'s Gary Winnick encouraging pardon for 'junk bond king' Michael Milken


JUN 15, 2018 | 6:10 PM

Some of President Trump’s current and former advisors have urged him to pardon Michael Milken, the “junk bond” king of the 1980s who went to jail for securities fraud but has since become a high-profile philanthropist and crusader for cancer prevention, child education and other causes.

Anthony Scaramucci, a financier who briefly was White House communications director last year, confirmed Friday that he is among the advocates along with Gary Winnick, a former associate of Milken’s in the 1980s.

At Trump’s inauguration last year, “Gary said to me, ‘Of all the people, given his lifetime achievements and his commitment to health and global progress, Michael has earned a pardon,’” Scaramucci said in an interview.

“It was really an idea that Gary Winnick brought to me at the inaugural,” Scaramucci said, adding that he added his support in meetings with Trump.


Go fucking figure...................fraudster may pardon a fraudster, that hurt a lot of people

House Republicans pass bill that spells chaos for low-income housing

People will wait longer for affordable housing "because Congress decided to let some people cut in front of them."


On Thursday, House Republicans passed a bill designed to help low-income people suffering from opioid addiction obtain affordable housing, but opponents of the measure contend that it only worsens the affordable housing crisis. Affordable housing advocates say that while the bill sets aside thousands of rental assistance vouchers for people with substance abuse disorders it will force many other economically vulnerable people — including seniors, veterans, families, homeless people, and victims of natural disasters and domestic violence — to wait longer for affordable housing.

There are currently long wait-lists for federal housing vouchers which provide rental assistance. Rather than create new vouchers, the bill would pull thousands from the existing stock and allocate them to substance abuse treatment centers so they can be distributed to people in those programs who are fighting addiction.

“We are concerned about taking away existing resources for specific populations and think that instead additional resources should be provided to support the needs of these individuals,” Jessica Cassella, a staff attorney with the National Housing Law Project told ThinkProgress.

Additionally, the bill would put more restrictions on those housing vouchers by allowing those treatment centers to limit the amount of time people can receive rental assistance vouchers to one or two years. It would also empower the Department of Housing and Urban Development to impose strict work requirements in order to receive them — a harsh practice the agency has already proposed.


The republican bait and switch............................hurt one group(s), and then tell everyone see we are compassionate..............bull shit

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough.....................

Duterte wants to arm thousands in the Philippines' already deadly war on drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tactic in his war on drugs involves giving free handguns to 42,000 community leaders.


President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs and crime in the Philippines has killed thousands, is reportedly considering a new tactic in his fight: Arming the public.

Duterte wants to distribute guns to “42,000 community leaders, known as “barangay captains,” after consulting with the police and intelligence agency,” as the New York Post reports.

The guns would be free for anyone not involved in illegal drugs; privately purchased handguns would be subsidized. “Duterte has repeatedly said thousands of community officials were involved in the trade, without elaborating.”

From The Post:

Activists and Duterte’s political opponents say the campaign is overwhelmingly targeting users and small-time peddlers in poor communities and accuse police of systematically executing suspects, often based on weak intelligence.

The authorities reject that and say all those killed were drug dealers who put up violent resistance and left police with no choice but to shoot them.


Hawaii becomes the first state to ban the use of pesticide linked to brain damage

Scott Pruitt's EPA has gone to elaborate lengths to protect the manufacturers of chlorpyrifos, which is harmful to children and farm workers.

JASON LINKINS JUN 16, 2018, 2:28 PM

More than a year after the Trump administration controversially overturned a decision to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, the state of Hawaii has taken the matter into its own hands.

The Aloha State has passed a law barring the use of such chemicals, which have been linked to adverse side effects in humans, including debiltating neurological and developmental maladies.

On Wednesday, Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) put his signature to Senate Bill 3095, which will ban the use of chlorpyrifos pesticides in the Aloha State at the start of the next calendar year. The law also bars the spraying of any pesticide within 100 feet of schools during normal hours of attendance.

“Protecting the health and safety of our keiki and residents is one of my top priorities. We must protect our communities from potentially harmful chemicals. At the same time, Hawai‘i’s agriculture industry is extremely important to our state and economy. We will work with the Department of Agriculture, local farmers and the University of Hawai‘i as we seek safe, alternative pest management tools that will support and sustain our agriculture industry for generations to come,” said Ige.


Nothing to see here: how the World Cup distracts from major news stories

Russia raised its retirement age, Saudi-led troops attacked in Yemen and Iran arrested a human rights lawyer – all while their teams were playing soccer

As Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal for Portugal against Spain, he must have known he would be covering back pages across the globe – and front pages back home.

Ronaldo’s hat-trick was not the only story that emerged about the Portugal star on Friday. Just hours before he took the field in Sochi, it was confirmed he had to a $21.8m (€18.8m) fine and suspended jail term to settle . While there was nothing to suggest Ronaldo masterminded the timing of the news, no prizes for guessing which story got top billing.

In the World Cup, it’s often said, “the world is watching”. But for countries seeking to bury controversial news or unpopular policies, another way to put it is that the world is looking the other way.

A number of nations at the World Cup have made announcements that would usually bring condemnation, either at home or internationally, to coincide with kick-offs in Russia.

As Russia celebrated their first game, for example, news broke that the Kremlin was planning to increase the national retirement age by five years, to 65 for men and 63 for women. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev also announced a 2% raise in VAT. He said he expected parliament to vote on both measures before summer recess, meaning that, if approved, they would become law before the World Cup is over.


I am not into soccer, at any level.....................but reading what just these three countries are doing................
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