MSA and MPIRG Get Out the Vote Tasking themselves with the tall order of increasing student voter participation in the mid-term election, members of the Minnesota Student Association partnered with those from Minnesota Public Interest Research Group for a blitz of events before the polls close Tuesday. Volunteers from MSA and MPIRG will door-knock across campus from the residence halls to off-campus houses and apartments to make sure students know where to vote and what to bring with them. Winters said students who decide to vote last minute still have time to educate themselves about the issues. “Vote your values,” he said, encouraging students to assess what they really care about and vote for the candidates that take a stand on those issues.
Hamline University hosts Gubertorial Debate
On Monday, September 27, 2010, just inside a month before Minnesotans hit the polls, gubernatorial candidates Republican Tom Emmer, Democrat Mark Dayton and Independent Tom Horner will face off in Kay Fredericks Ballroom to debate key issues in the race for the governor's chair. Fox 9, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press will make up the media panel that will pose questions to the candidates with Jeff.
Josh Winters Speaks on New Era for More Campaign Cash
On January 21, 2010, Josh Winters was interviewed for the Star Tribune on Campaign financing. "It's a game changer," said Josh Winters, executive director of Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), a nonprofit group often associated with liberal causes..."We're never going to be able to compete with that kind of money in politics," said Winters, of MPIRG, a student-run group which has advocated for environmental and consumer causes. "It's going to dwarf any of what advocacy, union or non-profit groups can pull together."
MPIRG Launches Sexual Experiences Survey
In the first five weeks of fall semester, sexual violence has been at the forefront of many college students all over Minnesota. It’s a topic the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group is looking to broach as it re-launches its Minnesota Gender and Sexuality Violence Study for the first time in 25 years.The survey is a random sampling of 10 percent of the student population.
Participants will take a questionnaire that asks them about sexual violence, said Taylor Shultz, an MPIRG intern who has worked closely with the study. “My sincerest hope is that we have seen some reductions,” Winters said of the survey results. “Of course my biggest fear is that we haven’t made a whole lot of gains. Either way, it’s important to know where we stand with the issue.”
MPIRG Shifts Health Care Goals
The public option would be a government-run insurance program that would compete with private insurers, while the single-payer program would expand to provide universal coverage to a larger group of citizens. Due to recent shifts in the political climate, both of those provisions are becoming increasingly unlikely. While MPIRG members have been active on the political front, Winters said there are tentative plans to engage students and raise awareness on the health care debate by organizing educational events on the University campus this semester. While the future of federal health care reform remains uncertain, the student-directed Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) has launched a campaign in hopes of bringing a single-payer plan to Minnesota.
Who Are We?
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota. MPIRG works with nine colleges and universities in Minnesota. The current issues are the environment, fair trade, women’s rights and affordable housing/homelessness. Learn more at www.MPIRG.org.