Politics & Policy

Palestine supporters say Gov. Dayton backs Israeli Zionists

"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.

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Saado Ali Warsame: Minnesota's Somali community reflects on slaying of fearless singer

(Photo from Facebook) Saado Ali Warsame

For more than four decades, Saado Ali Warsame, killed last week in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu, used her songs and voice to plant seeds of peace and unity in Somalia and its diaspora communities in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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The last hurrah of Jesse Ventura

Whatever the verdict in the libel case against Chris Kyle, Jesse Ventura has lost. He had lost years before the trial and everyone knew that except for Ventura himself. In so many ways this trial revealed that Ventura came to believe all the hype about himself that he was a popular and respected political figure. The reality is that he was never the icon that the media and he made himself out to be and this trial is Ventura's last gasp for fame.

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How many journalists does it take?

How many journalists does it take to change a light bulb?

“We just report the facts, we don’t change them.”

I don’t believe that for a minute.

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Political shorthand: On saying nothing while suggesting everything

It’s near 100 days to the 2014 United States Election (by my count, the actual 100th day is next Sunday. Election is November 4, 2014.)

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For only $15/Minnesotan, we could have the Senate offices we need

$1 million equals about 20 cents per Minnesota resident (5.4 million population; triple the population in 1905)

$1 billion equals about 3 dollars per United States resident (314 million population)*

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St. Paul's NAACP head aims to leave the world a little better place

Jeff Martin

“You got some people who are in it for the notoriety. You got some people who are in it for a specific cause, and they don’t go outside their cause. And you got some people in it that shouldn’t be in it,” says Jeff Martin, St. Paul’s NAACP President, as he grins and takes a sip of coffee.

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is backfiring and needs to go

I was raised Roman Catholic, and took it fairly seriously, but not super-seriously, as a youth. At least as an altar boy (it was only boys doing that, then) I had something to do during Mass, to cut the boredom, a little. Then I got to college and got sunk in philosophy and became an atheist, as I am now. At the time I thought pretty highly of myself and my “intellectual courage,” but I recognize now that “courage” was not a factor. My temperament is scientific/skeptical, much more so than religious, and that’s that.

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Minneapolis residents express concerns over new absentee voting

(Photos by Jessie Hausman) Avenue Eatery owner Sammy Mcdowell pauses from his work to talk about absentee voting.

Minnesotans can now vote from the comfort of their homes.

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