5/19/08 Headlines: Mortgages and class warfare; Immigrants and unions; Circuit bending; Session round-up


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Pawlenty accused of “class warfare”
by James Sanna, TC Daily Planet
As a bill to help homeowners in foreclosure reaches the desk of Governor Tim Pawlenty, many doubt the bill will make it into law. Governor Pawlenty has repeatedly said he will veto the Minnesota Subprime Foreclosure Deferment Act because, according to his spokesperson, “it would negatively impact the credit market for the approximately 98 percent of homeowners not in foreclosure.”

Union drive was under way at plant raided by immigration authorities
by staff, Workday Minnesota
Workers were trying to unionize the Agriprocessor, Inc., meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, before it became the scene of the nation’s largest-ever immigration raid, union officers said.

Bending circuits, subverting consumer culture
by Mark Weaver, TC Daily Planet
Squeaks, squeals, blips, and borps emerged from every corner. Techno music was the soundtrack. Computerized voices, farm animal sounds, and well-known childhood melodies rang out. Conversations reflecting the complexity of a schematic prevailed. The word “nerd,” a self-imposed moniker, flew frequently and freely about as “circuit benders” from all over the world came together to talk about their passion: reorienting the circuitry of electronic toys to make them generate tones and sounds that can be used in the creation of music.

End of Session round-up
by staff, Session Daily
A budget agreement, 3.9 percent property tax levy cap, a start to “historic” health care reform, a funding increase for education, bonding for the Central Corridor and a new Lake Vermilion State Park are part of the agreement bringing the 2008 session to an end.


Minnesota activists support Iowa immigrants
Julia Opoti, TC Daily Planet
When news broke that hundreds of immigrants had been detained on charges of working illegally at a meat plant in Iowa, immigrant activists were mostly concerned that workers’ rights were being violated.

What does green building mean for Minnesota?
by Erin Boeke Burke, Minnesota 2020
In the ever-evolving lexicon of the public good, one of the popular new acronyms is LEED. Increasingly, new restaurants in Minneapolis, schools from Rochester to Zimmerman, and corporate headquarters in St. Paul are being described as “LEED buildings.” Which raises the questions: what exactly is LEED, and what does it mean for moving Minnesota forward?

From hazardous waste, good business
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
According to the Pollution Control Agency, 10 percent of the 13 million gallons of paint sold every year in Minnesota — 1.3 million gallons — is never actually used. A bill sponsored by Rep. Brita Sailer is designed to make it easier for consumers to recycle unwanted paint by having the manufacturers collect it at retail locations. Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed it May 15, in part because it would have established a paint stewardship fee.

Project Opera on Access to Art
Staff, MTN
Project Opera, a program of the Minnesota Opera, teaches young people from grades 4 through high school the fundamentals of operatic singing and performance. Their high school-aged ensemble puts on a fully staged opera every spring. Access to Art Correspondent Beth Peloff attended a rehearsal and performance of the Nightingale, their current production. View in the multi-media box in column 3.


The Obama phenomena
by Myles Spicer, TC Daily Planet
The media in America simply does not understand the Obama phenomena. Indeed the media in general, are conflicted and confused when describing Obama, and not without good reason – because Obama is a political anomaly that has never appeared on the American presidential scene. So “understanding” him is without precedence, and surely is not easy. As is commonly described, many of Obama’s campaign characteristics are “out of the box” and somewhat unique.


Run, Jesse, Run
by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero
The barely disguised antipathy Minnesota’s corporate news media displayed toward Jesse Ventura during the 1998 election and his subsequent time as governor always had more to do with snobbery and social class than policies or politics.