In an early August press conference President Barack Obama highlighted the need for immigration reform. “We have a broken system; it’s under-resourced and we’ve got to make choices in terms of how we allocate personnel and resources,” Obama said. “My preference would be an actual comprehensive immigration law. And we already have a bipartisan law Read more →
Archives for August 2014
“The convergence of the progressive left and libertarian right over police demilitarization is yielding a liberal-tarian moment—and it’s brought to you by the Koch brothers,” writes The Daily Beast’s Tim Mok. Kara Dansky, the author of a report on the militarization of police and a senior counsel at the ACLU, also said the time is Read more →
The Obama administration is faced with a growing challenge by Islamist militants. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, now controls parts of those nations. Read more →
Social media is everywhere. And many people use Twitter or Facebook or Instagram to navigate entire portions of their lives. But what about health care? Would you accept (or prompt) a friend request from your doctor, dentist or medical center? If you’re a health professional: How do you navigate social media? Liz Baier’s dentist, in Read more →
The Blue Plate Restaurant Company drew fire for reducing its employees’ tips to make up for a hike in the minimum wage, but it’s now walking back on that decision.
Tim Nelson reports:
Owner David Burley says Blue Plate has dropped the controversial charge, and will also raise the pay for non-tipped staff to $9.69 an hour starting Sept. 1. That’s a premium above the state’s current $8 an hour minimum wage, which went into effect Aug. 1. Today’s Question: Should waiters have to depend on tips? What is the fairest way to compensate waitstaff? Read more →
The Duluth City Council is scheduled to take up a resolution Monday evening seeking state permission to open a city-run casino. The move would require a change to the Minnesota Constitution. Since the Fond du Lac Ojibwe band stopped sharing casino revenue with the city, Duluth has been trying to figure out how to fill Read more →
Dads who take leave are more involved with their kids later in life, but only 10 to 15 percent of U.S. employers make paid time off an option. Read more →
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated three challengers to win the Republican Party’s nomination for governor. In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, longtime Democratic legislator Phyllis Kahn and veteran Republican state Rep. Jenifer Loon both survived strong challenges. Sunfish Lake business executive Mike McFadden won an easy victory Tuesday Read more →
People from across Minnesota are heading to the polls today to determine the party nominees for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, other constitutional offices, and the Minnesota House.
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St. Paul Public Schools administrators are taking a serious look at starting high school later in the morning. Read more →