Politics & Policy

Bad pollsters active in Minnesota

Last night I got a robocall poll from none other than Rasmussen Reports. I went ahead and did the whole thing. It was about the U.S. Senate and Governor races, which other polling has consistently shown to be pretty much locks, and quite possibly even double-digit wins, for Al Franken and Mark Dayton, respectively. The robo-voice asked whether I vote in every election (“yes”). Some questions later it spit out something like “Sometimes, something comes up that may prevent people from voting. Do you think there’s any chance that maybe you won’t vote on election day?” (That’s not an exact quote, I wasn’t recording it, but it’s the gist.) That may indicate that Rasmussen intends to apply a super-tight “likely voter” screen, in order to get numbers more favorable to Minnesota Republicans, which the latter, and corporate media, can then pimp as evidence of Mike McFadden and Jeff Johnson “surging.” Or, Rasmussen may correctly recognize those races as lost causes for the GOP, and tell it like it is, so they can claim to have been “accurate.” Either way, I suggest not taking seriously whatever they provide. The firm may be under new ownership, but it’s still Rasmussen.

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Hmong youth engaged in the North Minneapolis Greenway

"Greenway yog ab tsi?", or "What is a greenway?" in the Hmong language, is a question that has been asked more than 100 times of North Minneapolis community members in and near Hmong International Academy by middle school students of color in the YMCA Beacons Minneapolis program at Hmong International Academy (HIA) – a Minneapolis Public School in the Jordan Neighborhood of North Minneapolis.

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Student bonfire sheds light on college access

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Students from Augsburg, Macalester, St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota gathered around a bonfire in Como Park last Saturday, Sept. 27 to discuss topics like the achievement gap, college access and the coverage of minorities in the media.

Huddled around a bonfire in Como Park, eating s’mores, 14 college students sat and told each other a different kind of horror story — the story of the state’s achievement gap.

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Star Tribune runs full-page anti-transgender ad

(Photo by Andy Birkey) The full-page ad, published in the Sept. 28 Star Tribune sports section, was from the Minnesota Child Protection League, targeting a proposed policy to allow transgender students to participate in high school athletics.

The Minnesota Child Protection League, an anti-LGBT group that opposes LGBT inclusion in the state’s public schools, bought an ad in the Sunday Star Tribune. The ad says, “A male wants to shower beside your 14 year old daughter. Are you okay with that?”

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MN Human Rights Commission updates community on new legislation at equity-focused C.h.a.t. event

(Photo by Charles Hallman) Kevin Lindsey

On September 10, at the second C.h.a.t. in a series (Community Health Talk Series) Kevin Lindsey, the Commissioner of MN Department of Human Rights, highlighted the state’s efforts to achieve equity and inclusion in the areas of workforce development, health care, state governing practices and procurement practices. In his presentation, he also discussed how to file a discrimination complaint, the hiring of state contractors, the more recent implementation of “Ban the Box” legislation and the Women’s Economic Security Act.

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Five reasons why African Americans should vote this year

(Photo by David Goehring published under Creative Commons License)

Black voter turnout two years ago was nearly 70 percent but election analysts mainly attribute this to President Barack Obama’s name on the ballot.

According to United States census data, over 66 percent of registered Black voters went to the polls for the November 2012 election. That’s two percent higher than registered White voters, and nearly six percent higher than U.S. voters overall.

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Minneapolis to host global summit in 2015

A global sustainability group announced earlier this week that University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will co-chair a summit on environmental policy next year.

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South Minneapolis Somali community asks for ethnic, healthy food shelf

(Photos by Cirien Saadeh)

When it comes to food shelves in Minneapolis, halal food is hard to come by. But a group of Somali women want to change that.

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Can marijuana be a new 'NORML' for Black Minnesotans? Local activist says legalization could benefit community

(Photo by Brandon Jones) Minnesota NORML Executive Director Marcus Harcus

The new buzz around town is around the legalization of marijuana. People are discussing both medical and personal use. I had a sit-down conversation with a local community leader who is attempting to obtain justice around the issue of legalization.

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