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Legislature focused on giving our children a brighter future

May 6, 2013

"As a parent, I always strive to weigh how legislation under discussion at our state capitol will impact our children.

We need to make sure every student, regardless of background or age, has access to a great education so they can reach their full potential. We also need to make sure those students can get a good job after they graduate from high school, college, or any form of post-secondary education.

I'm proud to report that DFL lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives are taking serious steps to achieve both of those goals."

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MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO

Asset-building program for poor tries to win back state support

April 10, 2013

Moran said she's glad her colleagues at the Capitol understand that it's important to invest in people.

"We need to know and believe that poor people are smart people," she said. "When you give them an opportunity, when you invest in them, they make good choices."

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MPR

MINNPOST

18 Minnesota legislators sign national letter asking Congress to fund early education

December 6, 2013

Eighteen Minnesota legislators joined with colleagues around the country in sending a letter to the Congressional Budget Committee calling for it to make early education funding a priority in budget decisions.

The letter signed by 500 legislators from 49 states said:

"We believe that maintaining and expanding high quality early childhood education is an effective and efficient expenditure even when budgets are tight. We urge you to make these investments in young children a priority in your deliberations."

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MINNPOST

STAR TRIBUNE

Minnesota counties, DFLers challenge welfare drug tests

January 29, 2014

At a Wednesday hearing at the Capitol, Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, proposed legislation that would effectively overturn the drug-testing mandate by giving counties discretion over whether to administer the tests.

“We are concerned that we may not be getting the bang for the buck that we want,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, president of the Association of Minnesota Counties and who testified in support of Moran’s bill. “Evidence suggests that drug testing [of welfare recipients] is fear-based, not future-based.”

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Star Tribune

ASIAN AMERICAN PRESS

Eliminating minority health inequities

March 30, 2014

Last Friday, State Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-65A) joined members from several councils calling for public hearings to address the “Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota Report” released by the Minnesota Department of Health in February.

“Minnesota is often recognized as one of the healthiest states in the nation,” Moran said. “This report shows that not all Minnesotans have the equal opportunity to live healthy lives – many people of color suffer from racial inequities on a daily basis that affect their health.”

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ASIAN AMERICAN PRESS

INSIGHT NEWS

Rep. Moran receives National Award for legislative service

October 3, 2013

This week, Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) was selected as a 2013 WiLL Pacesetter and honored at a national conference, "Women at the Tables of Power," sponsored by the Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), in Washington, DC.

WiLL Pacesetters are recognized for their noteworthy legislative service, their contributions to sound, progressive policy, and their groundbreaking leadership in their respective states. Rep. Moran was chosen for her commitment to excellence and a resolve that the voices of women of all races and stations in life are fully and fairly represented in shaping public policy"

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TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET

Children ask the world of us

May 10, 2013

As a mother of 7, I have always had an open door policy for my children’s friends and many of the young people in my community. Most of my children’s friends have been a part of our lives since they were in Junior High. Today, they continue to visit my house knowing it’s a place where they are safe, nurtured, cared for and most likely will be fed.

I truly believe in creating a safe, nurturing, and peaceful environment in my home. This is a role that I believe so many mothers play. This is also a role that I believe women can more widely assume in our local, national, and even international communities.
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Daily Planet

MultiCultural Life

Representative Rena Moran awarded fellowship to Midwestern leadership institute

August 8th, 2011

"State Representative Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) was among 37 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

"Representative Moran will meet with fellow lawmakers from Minnesota and 10 other Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan on August 12-16, in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments' 17th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD)"
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Insight News

Rep. Rena Moran honors Vang Pao on House floor

January 18th, 2011

"State Rep. Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) delivered the following speech on the Minnesota House floor on Thursday, January 13th to honor the memory of General Vang Pao, who recently passed away at the age of 81.

"My heartfelt condolences go out to the Hmong American community and to Hmong all over the world. The passing of General Vang Pao is an immeasurable loss to all of us, Hmong or non-Hmong, well versed in the story of the secret war in Laos, or new to the Hmong American community."
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Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Moran upsets DFL endorsee Ellis in House 65A race

By Dave Orrick
August 11th, 2010

"From homelessness to a state lawmaker-in-waiting.

In an upset, community organizer Rena Moran beat DFL-endorsed candidate Jeremiah Ellis in Tuesday's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary to succeed retiring state Rep. Cy Thao.

In a DFL-faithful area, Moran becomes the heavy favorite to win the Nov. 2 general election against Republican Paul Holmgren..."
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Once-homeless mother becomes favorite to ultimately win seat

City Pages

Rena Moran beats DFL-Endorsed Jeremiah Ellis in 65A

By Nick Pinto
Wednesday, August 11th 2010

"Rena Moran's path from homelessness to a seat in the statehouse was all but assured last night with her victory over Jeremiah Ellis in the DFL primary for St. Paul's 65A legislative district.

Moran beat Ellis by 1436 to 1231 votes, becoming..." "Throughout the history of Minnesota, St. Paul has never sent a black legislator to the statehouse. That's all but certain to change this year. In the overwhelmingly Democratic 65A, both candidates vying for the DFL nomination are African American..."
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Rena Moran beats DFL-Endorsed Jeremiah Ellis in 65A

Truth To Tell on KFAI Radio

PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: DFL Primary Contenders for Senate District 67 #2 and House District 65A

hosted on air by Andy Driscoll
On-air date: Mon, 07 26th 2010

"A better margin if not a better voter turnout will come with the primary shakeout for House District 65A, left vacant by departing Representative Cy Thao. In this case, just two candidates are squaring off, and one of them IS DFL-endorsed. But Jeremiah Ellis faces a formidable challenge from a story of homelessness rising to activism in the person of Rena Moran. The race may be close, but the turnout may, again, be too low to be truly representative of all the people in these districts, 65A being no exception...."
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PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: DFL Primary Contenders for Senate District 67 #2 and House District 65A

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Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Moran, Lee lead fundraising in races for key St. Paul legislative seats

By Dave Orrick
July 27th, 2010

"With more than $19,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, neighborhood activist Rena Moran out-raised St. Paul Public Schools administrator Jeremiah Ellis — the Democrat-Farmer-Labor-endorsed candidate — by more than $5,000 in the race to succeed retiring state Rep. Cy Thao in House District 65A. The district includes parts of the North End, Frogtown, Summit-University, Rondo and Thomas-Dale communities..."
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Spending on mailings and other literature to ramp up in primary push

City Pages

Making History - Two candidates are battling to be the first black legislator from St. Paul

By Nick Pinto
Wednesday, Jul 28th 2010

"Throughout the history of Minnesota, St. Paul has never sent a black legislator to the statehouse. That's all but certain to change this year. In the overwhelmingly Democratic 65A, both candidates vying for the DFL nomination are African American..."
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Making History

Politics in Minnesota

HD 65A winner almost certain to become first St. Paul African American at Capitol

By Paul Demko
Wednesday, Jul 28 2010

"No matter who wins the DFL primary contest in House District 65A, history will almost certainly be made. The victor – either Jeremiah Ellis or Rena Moran — will stand poised to become the first African American ever to represent St. Paul in the Legislature...."
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Politics in Minnesota

Daily Planet

Run, Rena, Run

By Rachel Dykoski, Rachel Says
February 28, 2010

"You see, a woman who has surmounted agonizing events, a mother and community organizer announced her run for State Representative office in her St. Paul district of 65A. Rena Moran could potentially win the first seat to be held by an African American woman in the Minnesota legislature representing the capitol city..."
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Run, Rena, run

Hmong Times

Rena Moran to Run for Cy Thao's Seat in the Legislature

By Amy Doeun
June 30, 2010

"This year Cy Thao chose not to run for his seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives again. In March of this year Rena Moran, with the help of Aimee Xiong, planned a fundraising event at the Destiny Café in St. Paul. Moran has worked with the Hmong community for years, primarily through Take Action Minnesota. And there are some similarities in their experiences..."
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Hmong Times

Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Once homeless, St. Paul candidate Rena Moran now strives for the House: Rena Moran in role of activist outsider while seeking seat

Copyright (c) 2010, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
Apr, 25, 2010

"Ten years after she and six of her seven kids piled out of a van at midnight and moved into a Minneapolis homeless shelter, Rena Moran, now a gainfully employed, married homeowner, is campaigning to become a state lawmaker..."
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Once homeless, St. Paul candidate Rena Moran now strives for the House: Rena Moran in role of activist outsider while seeking seat
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