Politics & Policy

At the NCSL: Sabo recognition and a middle-class agenda

The 40th annual summit meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures was held in Minneapolis last week and lawmakers from 50 states and 26 countries fittingly honored one of NCSL's most important founders, Martin Olav Sabo.

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Aiming at the Moon (and hitting ourselves): Redefining how we relate to the world

Early Wednesday morning, August 21, I was heading out for coffee from my motel in LaMoure ND, and a sight begging to be photographed appeared a few steps to my left, and I couldn’t pass on it. Here’s the snapshot. The waning moon appeared to be in the “bullseye”.

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Minnesota informed

If the conversation on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is politically charged this week, there’s good reason. Gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center are several hundred elected representatives from around the nation and the world. All week I have had the opportunity to marinade in the lively presence of attendees at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)—elected representatives and staff of the fifty states’ very diverse governmental entities as well as an impressive contingent of international visitors.

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OPINION | Who killed Mike Brown? What to do?

Mike Brown is dead. The Ferguson police took their time in giving up the killer, Darren Wilson. But we know the name of his accomplice. So we know who and what killed Mike Brown. It was the political, economic, social system called capitalism.

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North Carolina minister invites Minnesotans to join fight against extremism

Rev. Dr. William Barber (center) led a “March for Equity” in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, August 16.

America “needs a moral compass,” said the president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter who last week visited Minneapolis. Even more than we need a “progressive” movement, “We need a moral movement that reframes the conversation,” stated the Rev. Dr. William Barber.

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Twin Cities mayors pledge racial equity

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Clockwise (from right): Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Professor john a. powell, Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

The Twin Cities could be the nation’s best example for racial equity — so pledge the mayors of the state’s two largest municipalities. In welcoming the estimated 500-plus attendees at the August 5-6 “Convening on Racial Equity” at the University of Minnesota, both St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told the audience that they are committed to addressing racial equity in all aspects of government and society.

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Minneapolis councilmember Cano meets with 2909 Bloomington Ave. S. families

(Photos by Jay Clark) Young 2909 Bloomington residents greet councilmember Alondra Cano, give her tour of backyard

On August 7, councilmember Cano met with over 50 family members living at 2909 Bloomington Ave. S., to hear about safety concerns and work with residents to get problems fixed.

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City data could help you catch a bus and improve your neighborhood

(Photo by justgrimes published under Creative Commons License)

City-generated data my soon help people track buses from their phones and help monitor problem properties for things like noise violations and landlord abuses. These are just two potential uses that may go public by November under the city’s new open data policy.

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Somali president visits Twin Cities, receives mixed welcome

(Photos and video by Christina Cerruti)

It was completely dark by the time Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus on Aug. 9. But the lack of light didn’t stop protesters, many of whom had been demonstrating for hours, from rushing to the curb and chanting “Down, Hassan, down!” as the president arrived.

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