State of Minnesota Archives: on Civil Rights


John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice

John Adams represented British soldiers accused of murder in the Boston Massacre. He saved their lives. Twenty-five years later, Adams was elected the second President of the United States.

Debo P. Adegbile's office, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, represented Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black Philadelphia journalist accused of murdering a police officer. They proved that Abu-Jamal's death sentence violated the United States Constitution. They saved his life as his sentence was reduced to life without possibility of parole.

For his work, which was in the tradition of John Adams, the U.S. Senate denied Adegbile's appointment to be head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. He lost by three votes. Sen. John Walsh cast one of those votes.

If courage is to be the centerpiece of Walsh's campaign, then he should demonstrate it on the floor of the Senate.

Source: The Missoulian on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 11, 2014

Jim Abeler: No state authorization of same-sex marriage

Jim Abeler voted Nay on passage of HF.1054. Legislative outcome: Bill Passed House, 75-59.

Legislative summary: An act relating to marriage; providing for civil marriage between two persons (replacing the current definition of "a man and a woman"); providing for exemptions and protections based on religious association.

Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses) May 9, 2013

Mark Dayton: Supports federal funding of arts organizations

Arts Funding: Dayton and Gibson voiced their support for federal funding of arts organizations, including public radio. Grams said he is concerned about whether the government should be financing the National Endowment for the Arts, and presently supports funding it at a reduced level.
Source: By Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio on-line Nov 6, 2000

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