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Knocking Doors & Fighting For Equality in Minnesota

Autumn has finally arrived in Minnesota! After a couple weeks of unseasonably warm weather, there is finally a cool, crisp feel to the air. With the sun shining, we set out today to knock on doors in Minnetonka, Minnesota. In addition to working hard to elect Mark Dayton as governor, we are also focused on keeping fair-minded majorities in the state house and senate. In fact, the state legislature has the opportunity to take up a safe schools bill today when they will convene for a brief special session. While we are hopeful that Governor Pawlenty would sign such legislation if it is passed, we are reminded that he vetoed a bipartisan anti-bullying bill in 2009. Despite the epidemic right here in their backyard, many Minnesota legislators – including our Republican gubernatorial opponent, Tom Emmer – have come out against safe schools legislation. In order to ensure passage of this legislation and other bills important to our community, it is imperative that this November Minnesotans elect a pro-equality governor and keep pro-equality majorities in both legislative chambers. This week, Quorum – the LGBT business association here in the Twin Cities – hosted a luncheon in honor of National Coming Out Day. I had the chance to chat with openly gay State Senator Scott Dibble and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Senator Dibble has been the chief sponsor for safe schools legislation in the state senate and Speaker Anderson Kelliher is a staunch straight ally and progressive champion. We are lucky to have such leaders in the legislature, and both are working hard with HRC to elect Mark Dayton this November. With less than three weeks to go, it really is all hands on deck here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of exciting volunteer opportunities. On Saturday the 23rd, President Obama will be in Minnesota and we would love to have you there. To get more involved, or just to find out what HRC staffers will be working on locally, feel free to shoot me an email at terry.mcguire@hrc.org. Wherever you are reading this, I hope you are getting fired up and ready to make your voice heard this November!

Prepared and paid for by Human Rights Campaign Minnesota PAC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington D.C., in support of Mark Dayton for Governor.

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