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The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - MN: Women's

In 1973, Minnesota ratified the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but still hasn't adopted one at the state level. (lauramusikanski/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legal experts are debating whether the U.S. Constitution will be changed after the Equal Rights Amendment cleared a big hurdle this week. Even if it is, supporters want a similar change in Minnesota. The federal amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, reached a mi

Women in Minnesota make up the majority of workers in the state who work in low-wage fields and earn minimum wage or lower, according to a 2018 survey. (Brodie Vissers)

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis is one of seven cities in the United States that are hosting the State of Womxn of Color Roadshow, with national and local speakers focused on closing achievement gaps for minority women in the workplace. Minnesota state officials have been challenged with closing ga

Abortion-rights supporters in Minnesota say state lawmakers have proposed 400 new laws to restrict abortion access, despite a 1995 state Supreme Court decision that affirmed an expansive right to abortion. (LorieShaull/jaw.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A campaign to educate Minnesotans on state laws surrounding abortion access is part of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair that continues through Labor Day. The campaign by UnRestrict Minnesota follows a recent lawsuit aimed at overturning a slate of Minnesota laws that restrict ac

About 80% of confirmed judges under the Trump administration are male and around 90% of them are white, according to the Congressional Research Service. (QuinceMedia/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A judicial watchdog group says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created an "assembly line" for approving conservative judges who will determine the civil rights of Americans for decades to come. Before recessing last month, the Republican-controlled Senate confirm

Two of the biggest predictors for adverse birth outcomes are inadequate prenatal care and lack of Medicaid coverage, according to a new report. (Herney/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report shows states that expanded their Medicaid program have reduced maternal deaths and infant mortality rates and overall improved positive birth outcomes. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families report shows that providing health coverage for wo

Minnesota could become the 25th state to add an Equal Rights Amendment, or similar protections, to the state constitution. (MAPE)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A proposal to add an amendment to the Minnesota constitution guaranteeing equal rights regardless of gender has cleared the state House and now moves on to the Senate for consideration. House File 13, sponsored by New Brighton Democrat Mary Kunesh-Podein, states, "Equality

The current federal minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, has not increased since July 2009. (Consumerist.Com/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — A new report says black workers in Minnesota and across the country would see the biggest boost if Congress raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would increase wages for 38 percent of all African-American workers, and 23 percent of whit

Federal law allows 60 percent of the U.S. workforce to take unpaid time off to care for a sick family member or new child, but many workers in rural communities canít afford to skip a paycheck.(Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U. of Minn.)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol debate a paid family and medical leave policy, a new report from the University of Minnesota says the state's rural residents face the greatest need for this type of benefit. Report author Debra Fitzpatrick says multiple trends

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