Wednesday, February 13, 2013
President Obama proposed it in his State of the Union. Would a minimum-wage hike help or hurt workers, government or businesses?
Do you agree with President Obama that Congress should raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour? Here is what the president said in his 2013 State of the Union (see YouTube): We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Watch archived video via The UpTake as President Obama addresses gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center in north Minneapolis.
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Friday, February 1, 2013
The following is the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office January newsletter.
On January 28, Sheriff Stanek and law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss mental illness and gun violence. Sheriff Stanek was invited to attend the meeting because of his work as president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA). Also in attendance was a group of local police chiefs from cities that have been the scenes of recent mass shootings; Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and the police chiefs from Newtown (CT) and Aurora (CO). Sheriff Stanek urged President Obama to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Among the comments he made in the discussion with President Obama: “Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss mental illness and gun violence.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House Monday to discuss mental illness and gun violence. Sheriff Stanek began the meeting in by expressing concerns that he has raised in recent weeks in Minnesota. Among the comments he made in the discussion with President Obama: “Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence,” said Sheriff Stanek. “We have an access problem. Individuals with severe mental illness should never have access to guns.” Sheriff Stanek was invited to attend the meeting because of his work as president of the Major County …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
From community service activities to glitzy balls, the weekend will be packed with presidential pomp. What are your plans for viewing the inauguration? Tell us in the comment section below.
The following is the updated schedule of events for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Note: All times are Eastern. SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall Location: The National Mall Start Event: 9:30 AM ET The First and Second families are issuing a call to action for all Americans to join together in service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is encouraging all Americans to participate in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 1 – a tradition started by the Obamas at their first Inaugural four years ago. As part of this Day of Service, the …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Minnesota is one of 10 states to receive the exemption waiver Thursday.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Minnesota would be one of 10 states to receive a reprieve from the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In exchange, Minnesota would have to outline new, “bold” reforms to improve teacher effectiveness, grade school accountability and close the achievement gap in social and ethnic categories. “My administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility,” Obama stated in a White House issued press release Thursday. “If we’re serious about helping our children reach their potential, the best ideas aren’t going to come from Washington alone.” Minnesota requested a waiver from NCLB in August 2011, laying out a plan in its …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Richfield's Congressional representative attended Iftar where President Obama honored Muslim Americans who died on Sept. 11, 2001; comments on Iowa polls.
The Ames, Iowa, straw poll is set for this Saturday. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will be there; Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not. In a Star Tribune article about the poll, Reporter Kevin Diaz wrote, "Democrats like to note that whatever its shortcomings as a cross-section of America, Iowa put President Obama on a trajectory to win his party's nomination, giving him an early, crucial edge over then-rival Hillary Clinton." Diaz then went on to quote Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): "It is a very homogenous state, and it's not necessarily representative of the whole country," he said. "But at the same time, they've done a decent job." On Wednesday night, Ellison was one of more than …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Ellison says he prefers to break Ramadan fast with family.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) will join President Obama and 119 other guests at the White House Wednesday evening for an iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast. It's a special occasion with many dignitaries in attendance, but Ellison said he prefers private iftars: Roll Call, a Capitol Hill news organization, also noted that Thomas Jefferson hosted the first known White House iftar in 1805. 'Not Totally Dedicated' Ellison's Muslim faith continues to draw attention. A columnist at the conservative WorldNetDaily website chided Republican presidential contender Herman Cain for backtracking on a pledge not to include Muslims in his administration's cabinet. Cain apologized for saying "many of the Muslims, they're not totally dedicated …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Richfield Patch's Whiz Kid of the Week is announced.
Richfield Whiz Kid of the Week: Jared Carr Carr was nominated by Jennifer Jacobs, who works in African American outreach at RHS.