Politics & Policy

Rethinking homelessness and following Utah's lead

Despite Minnesota's improving economy, many are still struggling. There are 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota, including 4000 children. Many homeless people were doing okay, until losing their job, developing health problems, facing domestic violence, or battling mental illness or addiction.

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Minnesota House candidate Yolandita Colón hopes to bridge party divide

(Photo courtesy of vote4colon.com)

Yolandita Colón is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, she seems to stand for progressive causes like educational equality, meaningful immigration reform, improved housing for all, and human rights and social justice. On the other, she favors lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, and has very conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

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VIDEO: Perske attacks Emmer for "Threatening" divisive record, Emmer has no response

(Still from debate video by The Uptake) Full video clip below.

During Monday’s 6th Congressional District debate in St. Cloud, Minnesota DFL candidate Joe Perske chose to spend his final remarks calling GOP runner Tom Emmer bullying, divisive and uncooperative. When Emmer was asked to rebuttal, he declined to answer. The candidate elected will take over Michele Bachmann's seat.

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Thoughts on Minneapolis' proposed Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance

Minneapolis folks, the draft ordinance for Accessory Dwelling Units is available! It’s like Christmas-come-early for urbanists. Ok, maybe not that extreme, maybe it’s more like President’s Day? I dunno. Either way, the pace that the city council and planning staff have moved this particular topic through to this point is very encouraging, as is the level of support (92%!) so far from Minneapolitans. That’s insane – I can’t imagine 92% of us agreeing on what color pavement our streets should be, so, good job!

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Stocking the staples: Minneapolis considers minimum requirements for grocery stores

(Photo by Elizabeth Brumley) Owner Abed Hassuneh works behind the counter at Santana Foods Monday. Santana foods sells some staple foods, but the Minneapolis City Council is considering an updated grocery store ordinance that would mandate an increase in required staple foods carried in stores.

More fresh fruits, vegetables and other core food items may be coming to Minneapolis corner stores this spring.

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Minneapolis City leaders aim for greener energy with newly approved Xcel and CenterPoint contract

(Photo by moleofproduction published under Creative Commons License)

Minneapolis’ top energy providers will collaborate with government leaders to meet the city’s sustainability goals, after a City Council vote on Friday and a multi-year campaign from sustainability activists and University of Minnesota students.

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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." 

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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.

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Minnesota is first to free the beagles: A second chance at life

Back on May 20 of this year, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill into law, which included the Beagle Freedom Law (and the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law) — thus making Minnesota the very first state to pass the Beagle Freedom Law. Yip yip hurray!

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The importance of local races

Before she was in Congress, Michele Bachmann was a state senator, and before that, pertinent to the title of this post, she was on her local school board. The fact I don’t have to explain who she is might demonstrate the importance of that one school board race.

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