Republicans seek drastic cuts in MN Human Rights Department

“They [Republicans] seem intent on taking away the state’s ability to fight for equal rights. We believe that it is morally and ethically wrong,” explained Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Mpls). He was responding to Minnesota House and Senate Republicans, who last week passed the Public Safety Omnibus Bill that included deep cuts to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR).The House version of the bill included a 65 percent cut, and the Senate version requested a 50 percent reduction in the MDHR budget.”We need to be doing more, not less,” suggested Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. According to Lindsey, the proposed cuts would make it even more difficult than it already is to processes cases in a timely manner. Presently, Lindsey says that his limited staff takes more than 400 days to complete investigations into charges that are brought. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Don Samuels no friend of the little people

It’s disappointing that Don Samuels supporter John Goff (Johnny Northside) in one of his recent blogs, would refer to the candidates contesting Samuels for the 5th Ward Minneapolis City Council seat as “midgets.” For starters the word midget is considered defamatory and derogatory to the stature impaired. They prefer to be called little people. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading