"Name recognition is key," says Steve Clift, director of Democracies Online. Compared to campaigns in other parts of the United States, he contends that graphically the Twin Cities are still in the stick-figure stage.
According to a city report released just weeks before the July floods, Minneapolis will have to come up with more than $100 million a year for the next 25 years to fix its crumbling streets and sewers--or face much worse.
The vacancy rate among buildings that accept Section 8 already hovers between zero to 2 percent, and it's going to get worse. According to a recent study, landlords are "increasingly reluctant to accept Section 8 tenants."