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These Iowans got their first caucus experience in Minnesota

BY: - February 4, 2020

Thirty-two Iowans gathered in St. Paul Monday night. Between excited moments of recognition — “Oh, you’re from Cedar Rapids? Me too!” — they had important political business to finish. For the first time ever, Iowans unable to caucus for Democratic presidential candidates in their home state had the option to attend a number of satellite […]

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Bemidji activists to hold funeral for the Constitution ahead of State of the Union

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hours before President Donald Trump delivers his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday, a child will place a copy of the Constitution in a handmade coffin in Bemidji. Attendees, dressed in black, will read the Bill of Rights and portions of the Constitution before placing their hand-written fears into the coffin. “It’s nothing fancy,” […]

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SEIU health care workers headed for strike vote with HealthPartners

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are headed toward a strike vote this week after failing to reach an agreement about their health coverage with their employer HealthPartners.  HealthPartners and the negotiating team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota worked late into the night on Friday, with their previous contract expiring […]

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

BY: - February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]

Marvin Manypenny was a hell raiser for American Indian sovereignty and treaty rights

BY: - February 3, 2020

In 1998, as a candidate for White Earth tribal secretary-treasurer, Marvin Manypenny wrote on the front of a campaign pamphlet: “Tribal sovereignty is vital to the preservation of the White Earth Anishinabeg Ojibway Nation.” On the back: “The rights to govern ourselves is completely and indisputably ours.”  Manypenny didn’t win that election — though his […]

Minnesota school choice advocates look to landmark SCOTUS case

BY: - January 31, 2020

A United States Supreme Court case could boost Minnesota’s school choice movement after years of failed legislative attempts to create state grants, tax credits and tuition programs for families whose children attend private schools. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a landmark case with the potential to upend school funding across the United States […]

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Mayor Frey aims to rein in off-duty police work, creates task force

BY: - January 31, 2020

When former police officer Mohamed Noor clocked in for his 10-hour police shift on the July night he shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk in south Minneapolis, he had just come from a seven-hour shift moonlighting as a security guard. More than two years later, Mayor Jacob Frey plans to create a task force to examine […]

Minnesota gets top rating in LGBTQ equality report

BY: - January 30, 2020

Minnesota received the highest ranking in an annual assessment of state policies affecting LGBTQ people, released today by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization. The state is one of 17 categorized as “working toward innovative equality” by the State Equality Index, which takes into account each state’s nondiscrimination, criminal justice, health and safety […]

Former Woodbury Mayor Mary Guiliani Stephens to challenge DFL Sen. Susan Kent in swing district

BY: - January 30, 2020

State Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, is facing a new Republican opponent for her senate district seat: former Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.  Kent, who is two days away from challenging DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk for caucus leader, now faces a formidable opponent in a swing district she won by fewer than 400 votes […]

Women mayors twice as likely than men to face online abuse, threats of violence

BY: - January 30, 2020

Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, the first woman in the city’s history to hold the post in the era of social media, recalls clearly the shift in criticism she received when she went from city councilwoman to city executive.  “The number of times I was told I should get raped was extraordinary,” she said in […]

Minneapolis council member to lead housing authority

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame got the job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The Sahan Journal reports Warsame was tapped to be the next CEO/Executive Director of MPHA, which serves some 26,000 people through managing the city’s public housing and administering the Housing Choice “Section 8” Voucher Program. It was announced Wednesday at […]

Who are the popular kids? Klobuchar tops Trump, Walz, Smith

BY: - January 29, 2020

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose presidential campaign is sprinting to the finish ahead of the Iowa caucus next week, continues to be the state’s most popular politician, according to public-opinion polls aggregated by APM Research Lab and Minnesota Public Radio. A mixture of 2019 polls by Morning Consult, Kaiser Family Foundation/Cook Political Report and the […]