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Are Minneapolis' school board seats being bought?

This negative ad mailer targeting DFL Minneapolis school board incumbent Rebecca Gagnon was paid for by the Minneapolis Progressive Education Fund. The advocacy group has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to go toward the Minneapolis school board election, with most of it coming from out-of-state donors.

Will a seat, or two, on the Minneapolis school board be sold to the highest bidder?

The amount of money flowing into the 2014 Minneapolis school board race is enormous, according to the campaign finance reports that were submitted by candidates and various advocacy groups.

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Smarten up – politically and fiscally – with State Smart!

A little learning is a dangerous thing.
 Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
 There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
 and drinking largely sobers us again. -Alexander Pope

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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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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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OPINION | FOIA Improvement Act: Why Minnesotans should care

The frenzy is on as the 113th Congress moves into its last lap and mid-term electioneering hits peak. Left in suspension is a rush of politically charged bills pulsating to get through committee, desperate to avoid sudden death at the stroke of a partisan pen.

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Poverty down nationally, Minnesota takes steps for further progress

New Census information released today gives a snapshot into the economic recovery’s reach in 2013. The good news is that the national poverty rate fell in 2013 for the first time since 2006, although there was no significant change in the number of people living in poverty.

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Mehr Jay Shahidi: Is this Cold War 2?

The editors of Time magazine needed almost 6 years to pay attention to my article published in Twin Cities Daily Planet on September 8, 2008, in which I stated that Cold War Two had started (see Ti

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Solidarity rally for Mike Brown, against police brutality draws nearly 1,000

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling for more tools, training, transparency and accountability within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.

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St. Paul man from cellphone arrest video identified; police dropped charges in July

(Photo courtesy of Christopher Lollie) Chris Lollie and his two-year old son, C.J.

UPDATED:

The man in a recently released cellphone video who was tasered and arrested by St. Paul police officers after refusing to give up his name has stepped forward on Wednesday, Aug. 27 after posting the video online. St. Paul police dropped charges on July 31.

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St. Paul cops allegedly taser and arrest black male for sitting in public space

(Video below)

UPDATE: Christopher Lollie, the man identified in the video claims charges against him were dropped. Read more here.

A video showing the arrest of a black St. Paul man for allegedly sitting in a public space and refusing to give up his name surfaced yesterday, Aug. 26 — only weeks after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri re-sparked the national debate on race and police profiling.

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