Dec. Social Media Clinic 12/19
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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) related document drop continues today at the Guardian, with the ALEC-associated States Policy Network (SPN) in the sights of the British paper with the publication of State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax.
Three items in Bluestem's morning read illustrate how the faces and voices of Greater Minnesota are changing.
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Via MSN, Michael Virtanen of the Associated Press is reporting in Spoils of war: Police getting leftover Iraq trucks:
With the Central Minnesota Tea Party blog flogging anti-Muslim sentiment in a new post, it's not hard to see the need for the interfaith dialogue that CAIR-MN and partners organizations are hosting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Francis Hall, Franciscan Center, in Little Falls.
During the last session, the industrial sand industry argued that Minnesota shouldn't be left behind from the gold rush going on in Wisconsin, and we should so not add regulations.
During last spring's hearings on proposed frac sand legislation in the Minnesota legislature, industry and union lobbyists insisted that no new state rules were needed,since no statewide "one size fits all" regulation would do a better job regulating silica sand quarries than counties could.
While a standard trope on the left about the Tea Party movement is that it is the Koch-funded John Birch Society 2.0, as a student of Minnesota's Tea Party chapters, Bluestem finds this less than useful.
The Islamic Center of St. Cloud has withdrawn its proposal to build a mosque and education center in the Granite City's south side neighborhoods. An ACT! for America leader from Minneapolis who populates Greater Minnesota tea party gatherings and blogs with anti-Muslim sentiments was among those speaking against the proposal.
On the Central Minnesota Tea Party blog, ACT! for America Minneapolis Chapter Leader Debbie Anderson asks readers to Stop the Islamic enclaves into St. Cloud! in an entry posted September 28, 2013:
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