Scott Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote for the Southwest Journal and Skyway News (now the Downtown Journal) in Minneapolis from 1999-2005. He also wrote for The Capital Times, a Madison Wisconsin daily, from 1993-1999.
Approximately 1,500 people gathered locally for a march to remember and honor the 1965 Selma civil rights marches and to inspire people to continue to work for equality and justice.The march was called “Crossing Bridges: Selma to Minnesota.” It symbolically crossed the Cedar Street bridge over I-94. Fifty years ago, the first of three Selma voting rights marches was met with brutal resistance as marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The Rev. Martin Luther King responded by calling on people of all faiths from across the country to come to Selma to support a second march. The third march went from Selma to the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. The marches played a major role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.The crowd gathered at the Capitol Sunday and walked a half mile down Cedar Street to Central Presbyterian for an interfaith service. Continue Reading
Minnesota’s black unemployment rate was a shocking 27 percent in the third quarter of 2011 – by far the highest level in the 25 states examined in a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Continue Reading
Minnesota’s legislative leaders are considering a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote in both the House and Senate to raise taxes. It could be a bad move for the state, increasing jitters among national credit rating agencies that are already nervous about Minnesota’s financial flexibility and creditworthiness. Continue Reading
It was little noticed, but Minnesota did score a small victory this legislative session: The state budget created a level playing field between similar businesses, and it updated our tax system to catch up with modern technology.