Monday, May 13, 2013
State Sen. Barb Goodwin, who represents Fridley, spoke in favor of the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota that passed the state Senate Monday.
Updated below: Minnesota state Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-Columbia Heights), who represents Fridley, spoke on the floor of the Minnesota Senate Monday against adding exemptions for people who oppose gay marriage to the bill to legalize same sex marriage. Goodwin called the amendment offered by state Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) "one of the most discriminatory things I have seen in a long time." The amendment, to allow people to refuse services related to gay marriages based on the service-providers sincerely held religious beliefs, failed to pass. "It violates every human rights statute ... that we have," Goodwin said on the Senate floor. "It's important to separate our religious beliefs that we want to impose on others." Goodwin said the …
The Minnesota Senate passed the gay-marriage bill on Monday, May 13, 2013. The Minnesota House approved it last week, so Senate approval sends it to the governor's desk.
The Minnesota Senate debated and voted to pass a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota on May 13, 2013. Watch full video of the debate and vote here or at The UpTake.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The bill is poised to move to the floors of the Minnesota House and Senate.
Update: The same-sex marriage bill passed the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee on a voice vote just after noon on Tuesday. Check above for a replay video. The Minnesota House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. Original post: Watch a video livestream of the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee Tuesday as the committee debates and votes on a bill that would make same-sex marriages legal in Minnesota. It is the up fourth item on the committee's Tuesday morning agenda. The video in the window above (or at The Uptake) will show first the Minnesota Senate Education Committee discussion of another bill addressing the problem of bullying.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
With 'yes' vote from Fridley's senator, the MN Senate Judiciary Committee sent same-sex marriage bill to full Senate on 5-3 vote. A House committee later followed suit with its version.
A "yes" vote from Fridley's state Senator, Barb Goodwin (DFL-Columbia Heights), helped move a same-sex marriage bill from committee Tuesday to the full Senate. (Click on YouTube from The UpTake to see her comments, or watch them at YouTube.com.) The Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate File 925, a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, on a party-line 5-3 vote Tuesday afternoon. Update: The Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law Committee heard testimony and debated the House version of the bill Tuesday, approving it late Tuesday night. Lawmakers said they would likely set the bills aside for a while to focus on the budget, according to WCCO. (See "Ex-Legislator: 'I Blew My Vote' on Gay Marriage.") …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Rev. Dodd Lamberton, senior pastor at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church in northeast Minneapolis read the prayer to open the Senate session Monday.
Rev. Dodd Lamberton, senior pastor at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church and a resident of Fridley, offered the prayer to start the day at the Minnesota Senate on Monday. Here is what Rev. Lamberton said Monday, as the Senate's chaplain for the day: For a growing number of people, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have become more than suggestions. Along with regular attendance at 12 Step meetings in relationship with other recovering people, they become a way of living—sober—one day at a time. At a 12 Step meeting not long ago a newcomer talked about how shocking sobriety is after many years of active addiction. He made the word "sober" into an acronym. For him, SOBER has come to mean "Son of a gun, everything's real." Well, every day is …
Monday, January 7, 2013
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Monday, January 7
State Senator representing Fridley says she hopes the Minnesota Legislature holds off controversial issues until next year.
State Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-41) emailed this announcement Monday—a day before the new session begins at the Minnesota Legislature: Thank you all for re-electing me to serve you in the State Senate. As the 2013 legislative session begins, I look forward to calls, e-mails, letters and office visits from people in our district. My new office is in the Capitol on the first floor, 124 D. Please call anytime you want to discuss an issue, give an opinion, or visit me. I can be reached at 651-296-4334. I have been assigned to four committees. I will serve as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. I will also serve on the full Finance Committee, Commerce, and State and Local Government. My focus, and hopefully all of ours, will be to concentrate …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Republican Kurt Bills faces off against incumbent DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Name: Kurt Bills Age: 42 Place of residence : Rosemount, MN Attended college : Yes College : Winona State University Degree : B.S. in secondary social studies education, B.A. in US history Year of graduation : 1994 College : Winona State University Degree : M.A. in education Year of graduation : 2000 Job titles held : Economics teacher Employers : Rosemount High School Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Federal office Running for position: United State Senator Chamber/district: State of Minnesota Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010; Rosemount City Council in 2008 Website : http://kurtbills.com/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/KurtBills Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/kurtbills …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
But she said her bill wouldn't have helped 29 teachers let go at Pines School.
Updated below. State Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51) said Tuesday she felt "frustration" and saw "cruel irony" in getting laid off as a teacher after she shepherded a bill changing teacher-layoff rules through the Minnesota Legislature this year. Wolf, who represents part of Fridley and Spring Lake Park at the State Capitol, also was a teacher at Pines School at the Lino Lakes juvenile detention facility. She and 28 other teachers lost their jobs when the school shifted from Anoka County control to the Centennial School District. She was also chief author of what she called a "reform bill" that would have put an end to seniority determining which teachers districts lay off—the so-called "last-in-first out" or LIFO rule that unions support. The bill …
Gov. Dayton vetoed her 'LIFO' bill; now Pines School has laid her off.
State Sen. Pam Wolf is out of her other job as a teacher at Pines School in Lino Lakes, according to the Star Tribune, along with 28 other teachers laid off as the school moves from Anoka County control to join the Centennial School District. SEE UPDATE: Wolf calls layoff "cruel irony" after her effort to reform how teachers are laid off in Minnesota. Wolf has represented part of Fridley in the Minnesota Senate since January 2011, when she taught right up until the day of her swearing-in as a new Republican senator in the District 51 seat formerly held by DFLer Don Betzold. Now Wolf has been laid off from her position teaching social studies and physical education at the school located within the Lino Lakes juvenile detention center, the …