President Barack Obama outlined his ambitious transportation agenda during a speech this afternoon at St. Paul's Union Depot, and full video of his remarks are available on page three of this post.But you'll have to read about what he actually said elsewhere. Instead, for your browsing pleasure, we ... More >>
State, city, business, and Vikings officials want Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl in 2018, and it's not because of the goodness of their hearts.SEE ALSO: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Kristen Montag, communications director for Meet Minneapolis -- the non-profit tasked with putting ... More >>
New Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is wasting no time in trying to one-up her predecessor's hipster credentials.SEE ALSO: Betsy Hodges unveils her party musicThough she has yet to crowdsurf like R.T. Rybak, Hodges took to Twitter tonight to live tweet Die Hard.
All those cranes in the sky? It's not just you.Minneapolis is in a construction boom, and the city announced this morning that 2013 was a record year for construction building permits. See Also: New development in Minneapolis: Is it really as cookie-cutter as people say?
In the smooth transition of power from R.T. Rybak to Betsy Hodges, it appears likely that there won't be any drop in the coolness factor found in the Minneapolis mayor's office. During Mayor Hodges' brief time in charge, she has started a ten-day "One Minneapolis" tour. It included a day entirely de ... More >>
-- Update, including a poem from Rybak himself, at bottom --Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is resting with his family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital after undergoing heart surgery earlier today.FROM THURSDAY: Rybak cracks awesome joke as he prepares for official unauguration Rybak had bee ... More >>
With only one full day left in his term as mayor, R.T. Rybak offered up this tweet on New Year's Eve night:Happy New Year,n hope for no snowstorm or other catastrophe in the next day so I can go out with a whimper as befitting a happy lame duck.-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) January 1, 2014 Jus ... More >>
The day after Betsy Hodges was elected, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave her this advice: "Whatever you do, you don't want to take lessons from the mayor of Toronto."SEE ALSO: Our unauguration interview with R.T.He was speaking, of course, of Rob Ford, the colorful, crack-smoking mayor of ... More >>
In the wake of the Terrence Franklin controversy, Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau announced yesterday that the MPD will no longer investigate its own officer-involved shooting cases. Those cases will now be handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, she said.SEE ALSO: M ... More >>
A little misty-eyed as @MayorRTRybak says goodbye to the city council after 12 yrs of service. pic.twitter.com/jYMs3IUbdx-- Scott Seroka (@sseroka) December 13, 2013 After more than a decade as Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak will attend the last City Council meeting of his tenure today. SEE ALSO: May ... More >>
Minneapolis mayor-to-be Betsy Hodges already has to deal with questions about whether she can fill R.T. Rybak's cycling, Trampled by Turtles-loving, crowd-surfing shoes as Cool Mayor. Add to the list: Will Hodges ever refer to herself as "da Maya"? See Also: - RT Rybak declares Limerick Day with a ... More >>
A Minneapolis Police Department press release addressing the circumstances of Ivan Romero's death contradicts itself in two adjacent paragraphs.SEE ALSO: MPD Chief Harteau says Betsy Hodges is putting words in her mouth about cop cameras Romero, 24, died in the intersection of West 26th Street and B ... More >>
Vine user "maker of ropes" put together a very cool video that gives you a glimpse of all Minneapolis' mayors in six seconds.SEE ALSO: The Wall Street Journal's weekend in Mpls owns Reuters' "breakfast at Potbelly" version What do they have in common? Well, aside from Sharon Sayles Belton and may ... More >>
Yesterday, St. Paul Dictator Mayor Chris Coleman and Betsy Hodges -- now officially the mayor-elect of Minneapolis, finally -- got together for lunch at the IDS Center.SEE ALSO: Blacks in Minnesota 8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites, study says The lunch followed a traditio ... More >>
Tuesday marked the end of Robert Lilligren's more than decade-long tenure on the Minneapolis City Council and the end of Mark Andrew's mayoral dreams.Lilligren's race was arguably the nastiest of all the City Council contests. And while Andrew's matchup against the other leading mayoral contender an ... More >>
It's still possible for Mark Andrew to become the next mayor of Minneapolis in the same way it's still possible for the Vikings to make the playoffs this season -- in other words, it's not happening anywhere outside a mathematical model.SEE ALSO: Hodges and Andrew exchange harsh words, sort ofThat's ... More >>
Meg Tuthill had the Star Tribune's endorsement and Lisa Bender took some heat from yours truly for having a tacky campaign headquarters.But in the end, Bender, the DFL-endorsed candidate, had more than enough support from 10th Ward voters to cruise to a victory over Tuthill.
Last week, Lavender Magazine -- a LGBT-focused magazine published in Minneapolis -- came out with its 2013 city election endorsements.The magazine endorsed Mark Andrew for mayor, writing:Mayor of Minneapolis: Mark Andrew. He is the only real candidate with government and private sector experience w ... More >>
James Brown is 32 and lives in Minneapolis. The biggest political topic for him is the environment.How do we know this? It fell off a truck. That's not a euphemism for theft. As far as we can tell, the information, which was originally collected by political foot soldiers, literally fell off a truck ... More >>
As the Minneapolis mayoral race enters its final week, some are accusing Mark Andrew of busting out some last-minute dirty tactics.SEE ALSO: Mpls mayoral race: Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew exchange harsh words, sort of Andrew is taking heat for distributing an intentionally misleading mailer and for ... More >>
Yesterday, the leading contenders to succeed R.T. Rybak as Minneapolis mayor debated during a Latino-focused mayoral forum at Incarnation Catholic Church in south Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Mpls mayoral race: Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew exchange harsh words, sort of The candidates were asked about where ... More >>
Yesterday, Minneapolis City Council member and mayoral hopeful Betsy Hodges held a press conference where she said "now is the time" for the MPD to start putting body cameras on officers. She suggested body cams have the support of MPD Chief Janeé Harteau, saying, "This is something in committee ... More >>
Yesterday, the Minneapolis City Council's Transportation & Public Works Committee recommended approval of a plan that would install a roughly $200 million, 3.4 mile streetcar line from Northeast to South Minneapolis.SEE ALSO: Green Line test trains now running down University Avenue [IMAGES] Tha ... More >>
It's certainly not Keith Ellison-Chris Fields, but it's the best fans of Twin Cities politics can hope for this year.SEE ALSO: R.T. Rybak dissed by North Carolina newspaper Recently, the rhetoric between the two leading contenders to succeed R.T. Rybak as Minneapolis mayor -- Betsy Hodges and Mark A ... More >>
Betsy Hodges' latest endorsement is looking pretty good in more ways than one.SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison backs off Weiner endorsementSouth High School graduate turned world-famous movie star Josh Hartnett is throwing his support behind Betsy's bid to become Minneapolis mayor. That may bode well for Hod ... More >>
Not sold on Mark Andrew or Betsy Hodges as possible R.T. successors? Here's another option -- Captain Jack Sparrow (Yes, that's his real name).SEE ALSO: Jackie Cherryhomes "Viral Ad" fails hard [VIDEO] The man formerly known as David Viebahn is probably the most colorful of the 30 or so people who h ... More >>
With Mark Andrew and Betsy Hodges emerging at the leading candidates to replace R.T. Rybak as Minneapolis mayor, the Jackie Cherryhomes campaign decided to try and raise her profile with a viral ad.SEE ALSO: Minnesota for Marriage's Hinckley rally was also full of fail [VIDEO] Problem is, they viola ... More >>
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When nearly 1,400 delegates gathered inside the Minneapolis Convention Center auditorium on Saturday morning, six candidates for mayor of Minneapolis were on the ballot for DFL endorsement: former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew; City Council Members Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff, and Don Samu ... More >>
The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>
In the three months since R.T. Rybak announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term as mayor of Minneapolis, a full cast of characters has emerged to vie for his seat in City Hall. There are the three City Council Members with their history of competition and split votes. There's the sole non-DFL candidat ... More >>
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North side City Councilmember Don Samuels officially announced his bid for Minneapolis mayor at a press conference Wednesday, making him the third on the council vying for the spot. SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff announcing campaign for Minneapolis mayor Four councilmember oppose Hofstede
After months of teasing a mayoral run, Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff will make it official at a press conference at noon today. SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff files for mayoral run Betsy Hodges files to run for mayor
Minutes after R.T. Rybak announced he wouldn't seek a fourth term as mayor, City Council Member Betsy Hodges threw her hat firmly in the ring to replace him.Now, nearly a month later, Hodges is arming up: yesterday, she announced that Andrew O'Leary, former executive director of the Minnesota DFL pa ... More >>
Congressman Jim Graves didn't work out. Mayor Jim Graves? People close to the hotel magnate are reportedly telling him they like the ring of that.SEE ALSO: Jim Graves: The City Pages interviewCiting "reliable information," the Minnesota Progressive Project's Dan Burns writes that Graves is "being e ... More >>
City Council Member Gary Schiff has thrown his hat into next year's mayoral race -- sort of.See Also:- Betsy Hodges files to run for mayor as she and Gary Schiff await Rybak's decision- Dangerous Man Brewing Co. to open early January - Gary Schiff accused of making classist liquor store-brewpu ... More >>
City Council Member Betsy Hodges recently filed the paperwork necessary to run for mayor next year.SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff wants city of Minneapolis to send Cruz home police bill to PNC BankBut will she actually follow through with it? Hodges says it depends on whether R.T. Rybak decides to seek a fou ... More >>
On May 2, the Minneapolis City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would restrict access to city-controlled public plazas between midnight and 6 a.m.The ordinance, originally introduced as a resolution by Council President Barb Johnson on April 13, is a response to the Oc ... More >>
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