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MinnPost.com | 18. juni 2013
Fresh U.S. Census data shows Asians to be the fastest growing ethnic group in the state, their numbers driven by immigrants pursuing high-tech jobs and young families having babies.Minnesota’s Asian population increased 3.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, an increase of 7,750 persons in a single year.What’s unique about the Asian population is its “tremendous diversity’’ on many fronts, explains state demographer Susan Brower. Take, for instance, the fact that 82 percent of Asian Indian Minnesotans have bachelor’s degrees or higher compared to 14 percent of Hmong, the largest Asian group in Minnesota, Brower said Friday.Income closely follows educational attainment, with about one-third of Hmong Minnesotans living in poverty compared to about 3 percent of Asian Indians.
OpenSecrets.org | 18. juni 2013
As all good fundraisers know, it takes money to make money.And in the months leading up to the 2012 election, the most expensive in U.S. history, money was flying around Washington, D.C.: Congressional campaigns and party committees spent huge amounts at restaurants and hotels, much of which went to stage fundraising events. The Center for Responsive Politics followed the breadcrumbs and half-finished glasses of wine to craft our own tour of the city for those interested in discovering some eye-opening, and mouth-watering, secrets about money and politics.
Center for Public Integrity | 18. juni 2013
In a rare criminal prosecution under the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice scored a double victory this year, winning convictions against a western New York coke manufacturing plant and its former environmental manager. Next up: sentencing for the company and its manager in July — and hope, in the town of Tonawanda, just upstate from Buffalo, that the prosecution will help end decades of concern over the toxins tainting the community.