Politics & Policy

Minneapolis council member Blong Yang, on 100 days in office: "Don't lose faith in government"

Fifth Ward Council Member Blong Yang told NorthNews the most surprising aspect of his new job is how much hard work it is. He said there are lots of meetings with developers and business people, though he is, at 100 days in office, getting a chance to tackle the agendas on which he ran, and hoping to hear more from resident constituents.

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Condoleezza Rice speaks for sold-out crowd, 200 protest her campus visit

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to University of Minnesota graduate students and faculty during a small group discussion Thursday afternoon in Northrop Auditorium. (Photo by Amanda Snyder)

After weeks of controversy surrounding former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the University of Minnesota, her appearance Thursday went ahead as scheduled.

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Nancy Brataas: Leader, pioneer, definer of democracy

How many times have we mused about the “good old days” when our political system understood the role of compromise and measured success in terms of the positive impact it had on the common good.

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The Constitution and the failures of contemporary American politics

Is the polarization and dysfunctionalism in contemporary American politics an accident or a product of design failure? The more one thinks about it the conclusion may well be that the many of the problems now confronting the United States are the product of a faulty Constitution, or at least one that may perhaps have outlived its times.

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Reflection of New Minnesotans: Diaspora communities 'pave pathways' for human rights

Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability is a manual for diaspora communities put together by Minnesota's The Advocates for Human Rights. In this episode, staff from The Advocates and local immigrant and refugee activists discuss the new resource, and their experience advocating from afar for human rights in their home countries. [Audio below]

When the University of Minnesota is involved, councilmember Jacob Frey isn't shy

City Council member Jacob Frey speaks to the press Friday in Dinkytown about being safe after Saturday's Gophers men's hockey team's NCAA championship game. (Photo by Bridget Bennet)

Jacob Frey has already made a noticeable mark on Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, even though he’s been a City Council member for less than four months.

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How to tell if a poll is an outlier

It just so happens that we have excellent real-world examples, contained in a poll of Minnesotans recently conducted by SurveyUSA for KSTP. SUSA is among the most accurate pollsters, cycle after cycle. But in this game, even the best sometimes miss.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | University of Minnesota faculty statement on the visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice

[Editor's note: This is the text of a petition/statement by University of Minnesota faculty members objecting to this week's visit by Dr. Condoleezza Rice.] On April 17, 2014, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the University of Minnesota to give the Distinguished Carlson Lecture, an annual activity of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, endowed by a private gift from the Carlson Foundation. This year, the lecture has an additional significance, as it is part of the series of events entitled, "Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice," sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the American Civil Rights Act of 1964. As the flagship speaker for the main event of the series, Dr. Rice is explicitly being honored as a civil rights leader and being brought in to speak about civil rights given her purported leadership and expertise on American civil rights.

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