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In a spirited and feisty Fifth Congressional District Debate on KFAI, Democrat Keith Ellison and Republican Chris Fields debated the issues and challenged each other’s integrity.

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Story by Terry Carter

The St. Paul City Council unanimously passed a resolution on June 13th to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would declare that corporations are not people.
The Minneapolis City Council is expected to take up a similar measure. This is part of an effort called “Resolutions Week” where local units of government nationwide are being asked to take a position on the issue of corporate personhood and the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
Minnesota’s Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison has been active in the effort to push a Constitutional amendment. He talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter on The Takeaway.

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Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison talks about immigration and gun violence.

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The one hundred and thirteenth Congress is now underway in Washington, and 5th district Representative Keith Ellison has a leadership position in his caucus.  He will serve as Chief Deputy Whip.   Representative Ellison talked with Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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A conversation with 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison about the November 6th contest against Republican Chris Fields.

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Minnesota's 5th district Congressman, Keith Ellison, says he will judge any budget deal that comes out of the talks between Presdient Obama and House Speaker Boehner by which segement of society pays the greatest cost.  "Does it make the most vulnerable and the middle class bear the weight of it, or is it shared among all income classes?", Ellison asks.  The answer to that question will determine his vote.  Congressman Ellison talked with Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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The advocacy group Environment Minnesota recently called Xcel Energy's SHERCO power plant in Sherburn County the single largest producer of carbon pollution in the state of Minnesota.  

Environmentalists would like Xcel to stop burning coal at Xcel, and the organization Fresh Energy is campaigning to get people to send that message to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. 

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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and went to seminary in Australia to become an Anglican priest.  His life changed dramatically when he went to South Africa and took a conscientious stand against the apartheid regime, joining the struggle for liberation. 

As a result he was exiled, targeted for assassination, and brutally attacked.    

His response was to take up a new vocation as a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to help other victims of violence and trauma.

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Ronald Buford is one of the local organizers of the “Million Father March”, an attempt to encourage men to be more involved in their children’s education.

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