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Keith Ellison represents the 5th District of Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives and Co-Chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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A Letter to PBS: Let's Talk About Making it Easier for Everyone to Vote in the Democratic Debate on Thursday

(92) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 5:31 PM

Dear Public Broadcasting Service:

We have had 13 presidential debates and heard from the candidates on a wide range of issues from White House floral arrangements to presidential eligibility, yet voting rights is glaringly absent from the conversation. In fact, Democratic candidates have only spent about three minutes on the...

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Diapers or Food? A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

(67) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:47 AM

If you had to choose between buying diapers for your newborn child or paying this month's rent, what choice would you make?

Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us...

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Pope Francis Is Speaking Truth to Power. Let's Answer His Call to Action.

(25) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:51 PM

This week the Pope, the world's most influential religious leader, is speaking to the world's most powerful legislature. The Pope's message of helping the poor, healing the planet, and balancing the scales of justice is a timely call to action. People everywhere will hear the Pope speak their truth to...

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Net Neutrality Matters to Communities of Color

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:33 PM

The Internet is a place where people who do not have a seat at the table can amplify their voices. That's why working people must be front and center when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decides what to do about net neutrality.

Net neutrality -- the concept...

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Gun Safety Is Too Important to Trivialize

(45) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Every now and again, people on the far right take a quote from a progressive out of context and use it to attack them. Recently I was targeted by a right-wing blogger who claimed I endorsed repealing the Second Amendment during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.

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Minnesotans Are Standing Up to Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:07 AM

They should call them three-year floods. In the last decade, Minnesota has seen three 1,000-year flooding events, which have damaged homes and claimed lives. What scientists used to predict would happen every 1,000 years has happened in our home state an average of every three years.

Climate change is...

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Workers in Minnesota Fight to Survive

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 7:22 PM

Maricela Flores, a single mother of four, struggles every day to find ways for her family to live on $8 an hour. Hundreds of Minnesotans like Maricela leave their homes and families after dinner to work late night shifts for contracted janitorial companies. They clean retail stores around the state,...

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In the Richest Nation in the World, Our Farm Bill Should Not Lead to More Hunger

(30) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Today I voted against the House farm bill reauthorization, a vote that helped to block passage of this legislation. The Republican farm bill forced us to make a false choice between feeding hungry children and supporting American agriculture.

The House FARRM Act would have cut $20.5 billion from the...

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Sequester Slashed $110 Million From National Park Service

(26) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:37 PM

The recent Memorial Day holiday marked the start of vacation season for many American families. Unfortunately, a favorite pastime for Americans and international tourists - visiting our country's beloved national parks - will feel different this year. The budget for our national parks system has been cut over $100 million...

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Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal

(12) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Last week President Obama announced a budget that includes something called "Chained CPI" as a way to reduce Social Security benefits. I will not support it. And will not vote for any plan that includes cuts to benefits Americans have earned. The proposal has already sparked large protests by groups...

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Ryan Blueprint Would Wipe Out Decades of Progress

(324) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican Party leaders have staked their party's future on a false premise. They say the wealthy are already providing for everyone else, and middle class families need to sacrifice for a change while millionaires reap the benefits.

This year's Ryan budget is a product...

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Eliminate the Sequester

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:07 AM

If Congress cannot come up with a replacement to the sequester before the end of the week, we should eliminate the sequester entirely. One million working Americans should not be forced to pay the price for Republican stubbornness. If this goes into effect, it will be one of the most...

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Cut Oil Subsidies, Not Jobs

(49) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Last week, I said that if Congress has to make cuts, we should embrace the idea of ridding ourselves of wasteful giveaways to the fossil fuel industry. Here's an idea. Let's cut the Master Limited Partnership loophole and fossil fuel subsidies.

The Master Limited Partnership is an obscure...

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3 Progressive Principles for the Next Deal

(100) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 4:55 PM

With yesterday's vote behind us, Americans face an even bigger fight in the coming months: funding our government, avoiding devastating cuts known as sequestration, and avoiding default on our country's bills. The most recent negotiations saw a massive grassroots effort that successfully protected Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits and...

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Make Pentagon Savings Part of Budget Negotiations

(9) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 3:04 PM

As members of opposing parties, we often have legitimate differences of opinion on what is best for the country. But differences of opinion do not mean that we cannot work together when our interests align. Earlier this month, we joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to respectfully ask our leaders...

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We Must Take Action to End Gun Violence

(36) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 10:15 AM

We join millions of other Americans, and the community of Newtown, in grief for the families of the children and adults killed on Friday. As parents, we cannot imagine the deep pain that such a tragedy leaves in its wake.

Our nation has endured far too many...

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After Wisconsin, a Movement to Get Money Out of Politics

(307) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Last Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kept his job, but with a high price tag. In a state of only six million people, $60 million was poured into the race, $50 million of which went to Governor Walker. And almost half of that was spent by...

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All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim

(193) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 8:06 AM

"It's not what you call me, but what I answer to."
--African proverb

Although a decade has passed since Sept. 11, 2001, and the world has been abuzz about Islam and what it means since then, it is clear Muslim-Americans must tell their own stories.

Many have attempted to...

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If It Ain't Broke, Break It: The Crisis Congress Continues

(30) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 1:49 PM

For the past few months I've been writing about House Republicans' failure to make government work as part of a self-fulfilling prophecy about the role of government. Since their philosophy says that government should be small and/or government doesn't work, decisions are made to ensure it doesn't work.


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Spearing Another Sacred Cow

(349) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 9:38 AM

It's happened again: I said something that speared a GOP sacred cow and the right-wing Twitterverse is losing its cool. The first time this happened was last October after Chris Hayes interviewed me on his MSNBC show UP with Chris Hayes and the topic was jobs. [Spearing Sacred...

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