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Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Voter Guides Dealing with Disability Issues Available Online

How candidates will handle issues for Minnesotans with disabilities is illustrated in voter guides for every state. (maplewoodmn.gov)
How candidates will handle issues for Minnesotans with disabilities is illustrated in voter guides for every state. (maplewoodmn.gov)
November 4, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – A group advocating for rights for people with disabilities has spent the last year contacting all the candidates running for president, governor and U.S. Senate in the general election, asking them to fill out a survey explaining how they would address the issues that 56 million Americans with disabilities face.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of the group RespectAbility, said of these Americans, more than 35 million are eligible to vote on November 8th, representing close to one-sixth of the total electorate.

"We have a number of questions: from employment for people with disabilities, to the issue of sexual assault, to the issue of health care, transportation, education, foreign policy," she explained. "All around, the issues that impact the one in five Americans who have a disability."

She says Minnesota has made some strides with the leadership of Governor Mark Dayton, but the state can still do better in terms of competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. According to census data from 2014, Minnesota ranks sixth in the country in terms of employment rate of people with disabilities. However, only 44 percent had jobs.

Laszlo Mizrahi says presidential candidate Hillary Clinton completed the questionnaire.

"It's particularly frustrating in the case of Mr. Trump, because Hillary Clinton responded so very, very early and very thoroughly to the candidate questionnaire," she said. "And in the primary, saw the same happen with Jeb Bush and John Kasich and other Republicans."

She added there is a voter guide for each state, and they've posted answers by national and state candidates at TheRespectAbilityReport.org

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MN