The Minnesota attorney general has joined a lawsuit against the country's second-largest for-profit college company, alleging that two of its schools in the state illegally collected taxpayer-financed financial aid.
According to the attorney general's office, the deals contained unlawfully high annual interest rates of up to 782 percent that were often illegally extended from paycheck to paycheck, trapping the consumer into high interest payments over an extended time.
- Age: 43.
- Home: Eagan.
- Political experience: Elected attorney general in 2006.
- Other background: Solicitor general four years. Deputy attorney general four years. Private practice lawyer.
- Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison. William Mitchell College of Law.
- Family: Husband, Gary Swanson.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson puts consumer protection at or near the top of her priority list. Her main challenger, Chris Barden, talks first about suing the federal government over health care reform, followed by election law changes and said that after 40 years of Democrats in the office, it is time for a Republican.
Representatives on Thursday passed a measure telling the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to do a better job of transferring credits among institutions. A day earlier, senators approved a similar bill, but one with more mandates on MnSCU.
All 68 Republican members of the Minnesota Legislature are asking Attorney General Lori Swanson to challenge the constitutionality of a requirement that individuals buy health insurance and a population-based tax on states.
The Minnesota governor’s race looks to be close, with a new poll giving Republicans reason to smile. The poll shows that Republican state Reps. Marty Seifert of Marshall and Tom Emmer of Delano hold their own against better-known Democrats, a sign of what some are saying will be a good GOP election year.
The Republican Party of Minnesota could use a few good candidates for attorney general. Or at least one. With nine months to go before the November election, the GOP still has no announced candidate to take on Democratic incumbent Lori Swanson.
The state teachers union said one more school district settled a contract ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline. That leaves an estimated 28 districts that missed the deadline. A statement sent Saturday by the Education Minnesota union said teachers in Bemidji approved a contract Friday evening.
Associated Press/Forum Communications
, January 17, 2010
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