Four reasons why "liberal" conspiracy theories about ed reform (and Don Samuels) sound so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm's conspiracy piece about "billionaire and TFA"  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national last week. Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss (a staunch opponent of ed reform) reprinted Lahm's original piece from "In These Times." 


Don Samuels calls cops over hotdog giveaway

(Photo courtesty of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change) A Minneapolis police officer shows up at NOC's office on West Broadway. Video below.

With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 4 election, Minneapolis school board candidate Don Samuels may have gotten himself in some hot water with a local Northside philanthropic nonprofit.


Gutierrez calls for Latino voter turnout in Minnesota

(Photo by Eric Best) Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, pose for the crowd at the Oct. 8 event at El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street.

The nation’s top Latino elected official joined local leaders last week to encourage Minnesota’s Latinos to vote on Election Day.


What's the Minnestoa Legislative Privacy/Data Commission's next move?

For many long time advocates of privacy and open government at the Minnesota Legislature, yesterdays meeting of the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy may prove to be a turning point for the residents of Minnesota. For years the Legislature when a specific issue of privacy/open government and advanced technology clash the policymakers take a stab at it, think they have solved the problem, but technology sneakily bypasses the law.


Rep. Rick Nolan uses "turds" to describe past Minnesota water quality

(Photo from video by The Uptake) Video below

Yesterday’s 8th Congressional District candidates debate in Duluth between Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) and challengers Stewart Mills (GOP) and Ray Skip Sandman (Green) touched on several topics, including social security reformation, gun regulation and oil pipeline expansion. But the highlight of the debate was easily when Rep. Nolan used the word “turds” to help prove a point as he described just how bad Minnesota’s water quality used to be.


Vote Republican for more government shutdowns

The U.S. federal government shutdown of 2013 started a year ago yesterday, and ran through October 16. Believe it or not, those who don’t happen to be wealthy white men were particularly impacted. It was wildly unpopular politically; congressional generic ballots saw huge jumps in Democrats’ favor when it was over, but that unfortunately hasn’t lasted. Americans’ short political memories are indeed the despair of many; if not for that, right-wing conservatism would be long gone as a political force, and practically everyone would be better off as a result.


Sudden closing of Community Action of Minneapolis shifts energy assistance responsibility

Minneapolis residents who received energy assistance from the nonprofit Community Action of Minneapolis were told this week that they will now be receiving their services through Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin.


Primed for power: Patricia Torres Ray is working to launch more women into office

(Photograph by Sarah Whiting)

State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray is on the campaign trail even though she is not running for re-election this year. She is busy working to get other women elected to political office.


Code + Collaboration: Open government is greater than the sum of its parts

The challenge of genuine, sustained, respectful collaboration, both the hope and the life blood of the information age, fascinates me. Over time I have learned to value viable collaboration and to celebrate the power of a diverse community of human beings who share the serious work it takes to identify, then achieve, a common purpose. I understand that collaboration is organic. More important, I appreciate that, while people and organizations will pay for goods and services, no one wants to pay for collaboration.

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