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Sep 20th

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Op ed about the Homeowner's Bill of Rights

The tragedies of foreclosures for the family involved are no mystery. Yet, the burden foreclosure creates also rests squarely, and silently, on the shoulders of local and state taxpayers. Minnesota municipalities expend nearly $20,000 per vacant property each year for maintenance costs, and houses within an eighth of a mile of a foreclosed home loose almost $2,000 in equity simply because of proximity. To discontinue the trend of Minnesota having three times as many foreclosed homes in "post-crisis" 2012 compared to 2005, or 20,000 foreclosures per year for the sixth year in a row, I support enacting the Homeowner's Bill of Rights, currently in the legislature. The bill enacts common sense laws to give basic rights to families who face foreclosure.
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Felony Disenfranchisement Is Jim Crow Era Holdover

Last week, the Delaware State legislature approved a constitutional amendment to all but remove the last Jim Crow-era voter suppression law from its books.
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Nobody asked me, Why we need a Congress?

Nobody asked me, but, I'm having increasing difficulty remembering why we need a Congress in this country. They don't do doodly squat except get in the way of the wishes of the voting public. In fact, it's becoming increasingly clear that they don't represent the people at all. They represent the big money interests that finance their campaigns, their investment portfolios and their travel junkets.
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Time to get smart on crime

The United States has five percent of the world's people but twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners. For the sake of our families and future we must do better.
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The State of Equality and Justice in America: No one can change the change

The State of Equality and Justice in America: No one can change the changeThe state of equality and justice in America is shameful-especially since the election of President Barack Obama. Unlike many of my friends who think America is going to hell in a hand basket, and have given up thinking things will get better for those who've been marginalized for so long, I still have hope for a better day.
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Employment gap creates economic divide

Employment gap creates economic divideComing the day after the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the new unemployment numbers show that unemployment is still high - and remains much higher for African Americans.
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The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Federal Government must step up

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Federal Government must step upForty years ago, the Supreme Court created an unmitigated disaster for our nation's school children when it ruled on the case of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez.
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