DHS shakeup; Chaotic weather strains food supply; New stadium boosts Vike’s value

Top DHS officials leaving agency

“Personnel shake-ups come amid continuing federal probe of Minnesota’s Medicaid program,” Politics in Minnesota.

Obama struggles to pick up blue-collar workers

MPR News: “Many white, blue-collar workers soured on the president and his policies want to know what the president will do to improve the economy.”

Climate change and the food supply

“Perhaps the biggest single question about climate change is whether people will have enough to eat in coming decades. We have had two huge spikes in global food prices in five years that were driven largely by chaotic weather. And this year we may be in the early stages of a third big jump,” New York Times.

New stadium boosts Viking’s value 22%

Forbes “concluded that the two teams that had the biggest jump in value were the Minnesota Vikings ($975 million) and the San Francisco 49ers ($1.17 billion), whose values jumped 22 and 19 percent, respectively, as a result of stadiums being built,” ESPN.

Minnesota campaign cash rules may be unlawful, court says

“A Minnesota law that limits some organizations from making restricted political contributions is ‘most likely’ unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in St. Louis ruled,” BusinessWeek.

Minnesota voting amendment would change much more than you might think

“All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted,” writes Sec of State Mark Ritchie in MinnPost.

Minnesota GOP senators violate campaign finance laws, judges rule

“The Minnesota Senate Republican caucus and 12 of its members violated campaign finance laws by using taxpayer money to print partisan campaign literature in Senate offices, a panel of administrative judges ruled,” Pioneer Press.

State marriage amendment to be debated Sept. 11

“Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, will debate the amendment with the Rev. Deborah Celley. Matt Gehring, legal analyst and research department staff Member of the House of Representatives, will speak regarding the legal aspect of the amendment,” Brainerd Dispatch.

State Patrol to close Virginia 911 center

“The Minnesota State Patrol will be closing down its Virginia 911 center by no later than May 1, the state Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The move is part consolidating such operations into two centers in the state. A full story will be on this website later today and in Thursday’s MDN,” Mesabi Daily News.

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