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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