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Tuesday, October 20
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 p.m.  Program


Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon


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Lynn Hinkle - Policy Director

Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association


The Minnesota solar industry has expanded from a 150 million dollar to a 1 billion dollar market in under 5 years.  Lynn Hinkle will explain how Minnesota became a leader in renewable energy by passing renewable energy legislation in 2007 that requires the use of wind and solar energy which are abundant in the state.  2013 legislation requires public utilities to obtain 1.5% of their electricity from solar energy. The 2013 legislation facilitates the development of small "solar gardens" that produce up to one megawatt of electricity. The solar gardens can be owned by utilities or any other entities.  Property owners whose rooftops are not suitable for solar installations and renters can purchase subscriptions to a solar garden.  Mr. Hinkle will describe how the new solar garden program works,  how you can benefit from the program, and what effect the new solar energy legisation is expected to have on the growth of the solar energy industry in Minnesota.


Our meeting will NOT feature the Electric Car Club.  We'll invite them for a stand-alone talk in the spring so we can test drive the Tesla (or at least sit in it!)


Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.


Buffet Dinner:  $10.

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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

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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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