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Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM

Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


john-hottingerThis month, we'll be joined by former State Senate Majority Leader and former North Star Sierra Club board chair John Hottinger to talk about the political and environmental implications of infrastructure like the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sen. Hottinger served from 1991 through 2007.


From the Mankato Free Press:
Early in his career, he passed a law banning smoking in day-care centers. He led passage of a reform of corporate subsidies that eventually earned the support of two groups that were almost diametrically opposed at the beginning of the debate — the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action.


“It’s probably still the best in the nation,” he said of the law.


One of his most memorable efforts didn’t become law but was remarkable in how far it advanced. Hottinger pushed in 1995 for a constitutional amendment to create an endowment that would provide ongoing funding for early childhood development programs — even in times of state budget deficits.


Free and open to the public! Come early, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.






MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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