For ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson, the most likely explanation for the way Chris Lollie was treated by St. Paul law enforcement -- including his rough arrest and the charges he was subsequently hit with -- is skin deep."The justice system is slanted against African American males, ... More >>
While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with ... More >>
Today's top comment comes from longtime regular swmnguy, who demonstrates with his response to our story about Reid Sagehorn's lawsuit that at least some of our "Top Commenters" have that status for a reason.Swmnguy's comment echoes some of the things ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson said ... More >>
President Obama announced Monday that he plans to draft new rules barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity -- a standard of employment that has been on the Minnesota books for 21 years. Back in 1993, our state legislature added sexual or ... More >>
What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.THE BACKSTORY: Camera unlawfully tak ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council approved the MLB's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game.SEE ALSO: MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech The ... More >>
-- Update at bottom --The Washington Redskins are in town tonight to play a nationally televised game against the soap opera that is the Minnesota Vikings.One subplot is the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' offensive nickname, which has prompted the American Indian Movement to plan a protest o ... More >>
Politicians will speak to the press this afternoon about a possible plan to equip police officers with body cameras as early as 2014. SEE ALSO: Minneapolis paid out $868k in police settlements for 2012 KSTP broke the story last night, citing unnamed sources who claim that "the plan is to ... More >>
The ACLU reached a settlement agreement last week with Asad Zaman, the former executive director of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. Terms of the agreement, which was recorded in federal court last Thursday, have not been publicly disclosed. Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU, declined to com ... More >>
In a column published last night, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal blasts Minnesota Republicans for pushing a voter ID amendment through the legislature."I never cease to be amazed -- in a really bad way -- at the lengths to which Republican lawmakers will go to cut down the num ... More >>
Come November, Minnesotans will get a chance to weigh in on a voter ID amendment.Just after midnight this morning, the House approved the amendment on a 72-57 party-line vote. The Senate followed suit this afternoon with a 35-29 vote.Here's how the ballot question will be worded -- 'should the const ... More >>
Mary Franson has caused us to shake our heads a couple times already this month -- first when she compared food stamp recipients to wild animals, then again when she outed herself as a careless driver to "scoop" the Strib's Jon Tevlin.But today, instead of shaking our heads at her, we're nodding ... More >>
Bradlee Dean has really screwed up the town of Dunkerton, Iowa. Dean and his Christian-rap-metal troupe, Junkyard Prophet, hosted a supposed "anti-bullying" assembly at the Dunkertown high school last week that literally left some of the kids in tears. Among the more controversial messages deliv ... More >>
TiZA's bankruptcy case rages onTarek ibn Ziyad Academy is closed but its bankruptcy case continues in federal court, and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to the case is considering filing a claim against the school's former landlords. "I am probably going to commence such a proceeding," John ... More >>
Click. Record. Click. Stop. Wait. Repeat. That was the custom of most kids my age back in the late eighties to the mid-nineties, sitting on the floor of your bedroom with the boom box resting on your knees and waiting, sometimes hours, for them to play your jam just so you can record it on a blan ... More >>
Protesters are again willing to risk arrest.A countdown is on to this evening, when Hennepin County officials have set the deadline for disallowing sleeping, signs and portable toilets in Government Plaza, effectively ending the "occupation" part of the Occupy MN movement. But the protesters are ... More >>
In a series of meetings held over the past couple of days, Occupy MN organizers have received tentative approval for their plans to camp out in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. The plaza is public property, but organizers still met with the Hennepin County ... More >>
Bob Flecther, the former Ramsey Sheriff.Right before the Republican National Convention in 2008, Ramsey County deputies raided the homes and meeting space of six people preparing to protest the event. Officers carted away boxes of books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, stickers, and buttons--and f ... More >>
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Screen grab via ZazzleA budget issue, or just your basic anti-immigrant rage?Lino Lakes isn't quite Wonderbread white, but it's close, according to census figures. In 2008, 17,425 out of the 18,985 people living there were categorized as white. Fewer than 200 people are of Hispanic or Latin ... More >>
Franken says GLBT students deserve the same protections as anyone elseIt ought to be illegal to bully a school student based on sexuality. That's the the gist of legislation introduced today by Sen. Al Franken. "Our nation's civil rights laws protect our children from bullying due to race, ... More >>
Plus: More ACORN drama, TiZA charter school
In an interview, the Minneapolis lawyer defends her comments about Islam and Keith Ellison.
Seriously Joel, is this the "thoughtful approach to news" donors are paying for?
Cartoonist's flapjack-topped noggins target everyone from McCain to Franken to Harry Potter
Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
A school board in western Minnesota is split
New city policy would require drug tests for all new hires
Edina City Council votes to deny revenue bonds from a Christian school amid First Amendment concerns, pressure from the ACLU
Statehouse continues its bold crusade against horny massage therapists
Last year, when the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Minnesota's strict restrictions on judicial campaigning--thereby opening the floodgates for political parties to jump into the fray--there was a flood of dire predictions about the consequences for our judiciary. And why not?
Wal-Mart sues logo parodists, ACLU sues the Air Force Reserves, W to get an upgraded Marine One, maps of religion in America, the Al Gore/global warming documentary, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Minneapolis moves toward a final 2006 city budget
Pawlenty's welfare reforms are modeled on ideas that have already failed in the state next door
Coming to a capitol near you: The Patriot Act Junior
Never mind fingerprints--state law-enforcement officials want blood
Apparently imprisonment isn't sufficient punishment--witness the state's new money-saving deal for inmate health care
The Politics of HIV Testing
The terrors of counterterrorism.