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  • Local elected officials co-sign letter supporting Bernie Sanders


    Posted: Mar 01 2016
    I’m honored that so many dedicated, loyal, and faithful public servants are standing together with our community for Bernie Sanders. We, the undersigned state senators, representatives, and local elected officials of Minnesota, endorse Bernie Sanders for President in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Caucus on Tuesday, March 1. We believe Minnesotans and Americans together are ready for a bold vision for the future. A future built upon clean energy and jobs for working families - where corporations are not people and money does not equal free speech.
  • Minnesota political and business leaders say, 'Don't be #UnMinnesotan'


    Posted: Feb 03 2016
    Disgusted by the anti-Muslim fervor showing up in the presidential race and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and American Muslim, teamed up with Republican businessman John Taft, a great-grandson of President William Howard Taft. Together, they reached out to political and business types to create a statement they hope will spark a movement.
  • Congressman Keith Ellison Endorses Angie Craig for Congress


    Posted: Jan 06 2016
    MINNEAPOLIS—Congressman Keith Ellison released the following statement today, announcing his endorsement of Angie Craig, who is seeking the DFL endorsement in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District: “I am proud to announce my endorsement of Angie Craig for Congress. Angie will work diligently to advance economic prosperity for all families, to strengthen our commitment to seniors, and to promote high-quality public education and debt-free college. Angie will be a hard-working, values-driven Member of Congress for the people of Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. “I also want to thank Dr. Mary Lawrence for running. She is a champion for veterans and her candidacy demonstrates the DFL’s abundance of political talent here in Minnesota.”
  • Rep. Keith Ellison hones new voter-turnout strategy for Democrat


    Posted: Dec 26 2015
    Ellison is launching a new voter effort that Democrats around the country have high hopes will lead to more victories in nonpresidential elections, particularly in races where they have lost by razor-thin margins. Even nudging up voter turnout a few percentage points could have massive implications for legislative and statewide races. As a fifth-term Minneapolis Democrat who routinely wins his elections by more than 65 percent, Ellison is increasingly convinced that the future of Democratic victories is hiding in apartment buildings and low-income urban areas across the country.
  • Keith Ellison: Stop denying insurance coverage for gender reassignment


    Posted: Dec 18 2015
    Despite monumental gains in civil rights for the LGBTQ community, trans people still face discrimination, violence, limited access to healthcare, poverty and unemployment. A staggering 41 percent of transgender Americans attempt suicide at least once in their lives. More than 55 percent of trans Americans have been fired due to their gender identity. Trans Americans are four times more likely to be living in extreme poverty than the general population.
  • The most prominent Muslim elected official in America sees a ‘message of hope’ in Trump’s ‘weakness’


    Posted: Dec 14 2015
    Keith Ellison, the most prominent Muslim elected official in America, was having a pretty good day. Never mind that the Republican front-runner in the presidential contest — Donald Trump — had proposed to temporarily bar all people of the congressman’s faith from entering the United States, roughly a quarter of the world’s population. Never mind that his House colleague — Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, the only other Muslim in Congress — received another death threat. And never mind that a Republican colleague — Iowa Rep. Steve King — was, at that very moment, questioning his patriotism in the press, saying the Detroit-born progressive Democrat has not sufficiently denounced Sharia law. Ellison had greeted King with a smile several times that day, even shaking his hand.
  • U.S. Rep. Ellison emerges as key political leader amid Jamar Clark protests


    Posted: Nov 29 2015
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison abruptly left Washington earlier this month to fly back to Minneapolis and emerged at the center of explosive confrontations between black activists and police outside the Fourth Precinct station. In those first, uncertain days after a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in north Minneapolis, Ellison displayed credibility among different factions of the black community, and also had stature in the mayor’s office and could help broker a sit-down meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of the shooting victim, Jamar Clark.

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