Minn. Senate takes first major vote, approves lifting nuclear ban

The Minnesota Senate voted Wednesday to lift Minnesota's longstanding ban on new nuclear plants, handing Senate Republicans an easy victory on their first major floor vote of the legislative session. The debate lasted more than an hour and included five amendments from DFLers, all of which were voted down. The final tally was 50-14 in support of the bill, including some support from DFL lawmakers.

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Rachel Maddow: In America Today, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower Would Be Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate

On January 28, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow spent most of her show talking about just how far the conservatives have moved over the years. She recalls that Dwight Eisenhower was a champion of Social Security, unemployment insurance and strong labor unions.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149700/rachel_maddow%3A_in_america_today%2...

Laborers' Looman named DOLI assistant commissioner

Minnesota Commissioner of Labor and Industry Ken Peterson has appointed Jessica Looman to the position of assistant commissioner for construction codes and labor standards. Looman has worked for the past 10 years as general counsel for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota. There she worked on issues including collective bargaining, prevailing wage and unemployment insurance. Read more »

"AFTERSHOCK" Reich and Colbert on our new economy

Professor Robert Reich from U Cal Berkley appeared on the Colbert Report show to talk about his most recent book:"Aftershock". Reich was the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration and a real champion of Organized Labor. He is very candid about the redistribution of wealth which has lasted at least 30 years.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/361761/october-11...

Unemployment Insurance, tax credits for working families, boost economy much more than high-income tax cuts

The federal legislation that extends Unemployment Insurance for people looking for work, along with the extension of improvements to tax credits for low-income working families, are expected to produce far more “bang for the buck” in terms of economic growth than the extension of tax cuts for high-income households. These findings come from a recent analysis by Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. Read more »

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