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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 1/10

MN anti-trafficking law serves as federal model; GOP convention-planning snafu; and more.

Minnesota anti-trafficking model inspires federal legislation

from The Advocates Post by Michele Garnett McKenzie

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act in 2011, laying the groundwork for a victim-centered response to sexually exploited children and those at risk of sexual exploitation. The Advocates for Human Rights knew when we drafted the Safe Harbor Act that it marked a sea change in how sexually exploited youth are treated in Minnesota by identifying these kids as victims of crimes, rather than criminal perpetrators.

Balls and Strikes: The MN GOP State Convention — A failure to plan is a plan for failure

from by Michael Brodkorb

The state convention is an opportunity for political parties to showcase their candidates to voters across Minnesota. Media outlets attend the convention and report on the speeches and presentations by candidates and party officials. Instead of the Republican Party of Minnesota providing their candidates with a clear stage to showcase their platforms, Republican candidates will have to battle for media coverage with DFL candidates at their convention 230 miles away in Rochester.

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Rape is a crime: What’s up with the archdioceses and that list of names?

from Thoughtful Bastards by Paul Udstrand

There is a reason that the Catholic Church and its priests find themselves in this situation, having to submit to what is admittedly a less-than-perfect solution. The origin of this dilemma lay in the decisions made decades ago that the church and its problems are somehow separate or beyond secular law. We don’t know which if any of these accused priests are actually guilty or innocent because these crimes have never been properly investigated. The church took it upon itself to investigate these alleged crimes.We know that you cannot trust institutions will properly investigate themselves. Standard practice is to bring in outside investigators. In this case, we have well established, well trained, and publicly financed investigators who available 24-7. We call them the “Police”.

Simple policy statement: legalize marijuana

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Let’s legalize marijuana.

That is a simple policy statement and personally, I think it would be good policy. 

People who know me might find this policy advocacy a little strange because I have never in my life tried marijuana or wanted to. But with Colorado breaking through the barrier and legalizing it for recreational use, I think its time the rest of us followed suit….for a number of reasons.

The magic of right-of-way

from by Justin Foell

Metro Transit says the bus will only preempt the signal if it’s running behind schedule. Why not do it all of the time to instead see how much time can be shaved off the schedule permanently? Ridership can often be correlated with convenience and I think many people would see the bus as more convenient than their car if it got every green light while they are stuck in their car at every red.

Deciding the future of the historic Blue Earth County fairgrounds

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thursday evening, Blue Earth County Fair Association shareholders meet at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato to discuss the future of the fair, supported in the past by rural sponsors like Crystal Valley Coop, Watonwan Farm Service and the Blue Earth County Farm Bureau.

Update: Shareholders vote to sell historic Blue Earth County fairgrounds

‘Co-op War’ factions face off outside Mill City Foods, Minneapolis, 1976

from MN70s by Dave Kenney

Tensions between two competing factions in the Twin Cities food cooperative movement turned violent on January 9, 1976, when several members of the “Co-op Organization,” or “CO,” assaulted two workers at Minneapolis’s Seward Community Co-op. The CO was a group of politically-motivated activists dedicated to serving the interests of the working class. Opposing them were the more loosely organized “whole foods” folks who wanted to provide healthful and socially-responsible alternatives to the big grocery stores.

Gluten free Duluth, Minnesota: Where can we eat?

from the Savvy Celiac by Amy Leger

A good chunk of The Savvy Celiac readers are from the Midwest and the question is often asked, “I am taking my family up to Duluth, MN for the weekend, where can we eat gluten free?”

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