Politics & Policy

COMMUNITY VOICES | North Minneapolis Transit Forum: SWLRT

A little after 4 pm on Wednesday April 9, the Met Council will consider a slightly revised recommendation for the scope and budget of the Southwest Light Rail Project.  When completed, the new


Canceling Columbus Day: Minneapolis vote set

Columbus Day in Minneapolis may soon be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day if a coalition of advocates, city leaders and organizations can convince a majority of the 13-member Minneapolis City Council to approve the change.


Bill to boost broadband in Minnesota struggles in legislature

In a revealing video about the Internet access problem in rural Minnesota, Annandale City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp [above] describes her town's struggle with connectivity. The video is the latest in a series on the Minnesota Senate DFL YouTube page intended to shed light on the critical situation in the state.


Under a new Minneapolis ordinance, music venues would have to provide free earplugs to concert-goers

Audience members listen and dance to Night Moves close to the stage at the Varsity Theater on Friday night. The proposed ordinance would require venues to provide earplugs to concert attendees. (Photo by Patricia Grove)

A new city law might force music venues to give concertgoers’ ears a break.

The change would come in the form of free earplugs, which Minneapolis venues would have to provide under the new ordinance.


The President as Pharaoh: Drones reveal hardness of heart

As we approach the Biblical season of Passover and Easter, it is instructive to explore some of the implications of "exodus" for us today. Having read Rabbis' Waskow and Berman's excellent Freedom Journeys, calling us to re-enact the struggle for liberation from bondage every year, I took to thinking about our Commander-in-Chief in the light of the forces aligned against Moses and his oppressed people.


House releases 'inadequate' $850 million bonding proposal; $125 million cash plan

Members of the House Capital Investment Committee are pictured during an October tour of the Mankato Events Center Auditorium/Convention Center. The facility was included in a $914.6 million House bonding bill released Tuesday. (Session Daily file photo)

Public colleges and university buildings could get some much-needed repair and three civic center projects could be constructed — but funding to continue State Capitol renovations is up in the air.


Immigration reform: A case of progress on hold

In some neighborhoods, it would be called “preaching to the choir.” In academic circles, it would be updating and quantifying facts. But in south Minneapolis and other communities in Minnesota – both rural and urban – it begs the question: “What’s the hold up?”


Condoleezza Rice's visit sparks protest: Students and faculty are asking the University of Minnesota to revoke her April 17 speaking invitation

Members of the University of Minnesota community are voicing disapproval of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s campus visit next month, citing her involvement in the George W. Bush administration’s wartime policies.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Condoleezza Rice and the Humphrey School: It's not about free speech

Dear Humphrey School Faculty, Fellows Staff and PASA members,

April 17 will be a sad day for the University of Minnesota and in particular for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. That is when Dr. Condoleezza Rice, at the Humphrey School's invitation, will deliver a Distinguished Carlson Lecture as part of the month-long series of events commemorating the reopening of Northrop Auditorium.


The Senate version of the Minnesota Broadband Development Fund bill

Earlier I combed through the House version of the Broadband Development Fund legislation. Today I’m combing through the Senate version for differences. There aren’t many – but there’s at least one big difference. The Senate is still talking about $100 million in funding, while the House has reduced that to $25 million.

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