As we detailed earlier this week, school board candidate (and former City Council member) Don Samuels isn't happy with a report recently published in The Investigative Fund that takes a tough, unflattering look at the copious national money pouring into his campaign.But the journalist who reported t ... More >>
Over the weekend we had the chance to talk at length with Don Samuels, the former Minneapolis City Council member and mayoral candidate who's now running for school board.The immediate reason we called Samuels was to talk about the controversy generated by Samuels's decision to call 911 last Thursda ... More >>
Former City Council member and current school board candidate Don Samuels is taking heat for calling the cops on a hot dog giveaway organized by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change on a sidewalk right outside its north Minneapolis headquarters at 911 W. Broadway Ave.Samuels says he thought the hot d ... 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.
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 >>
The mayoral race heats up, plus Minneapolis shows New York how bike sharing is done right
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 >>
Yesterday, we drew attention to an eyebrow-raising comment Minneapolis City Council member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels recently made when discussing how unions reacted to his vote in favor of a new Vikings stadium.THE BACKSTORY: Don Samuels: Unions gave me "an envelope with a couple grand" for ... More >>
Buried in a recent Star Tribune piece about the Minneapolis mayoral race is a shocking quote from City Council member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels.SEE ALSO: Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minneapolis mayor In one passage, Samuels seems to say that a coalition of union work ... 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 >>
In a press release distributed yesterday by Jacob Frey, four Minneapolis City Council members came out in open opposition to their council colleague, Diane Hofstede.SEE ALSO:-- Meg Tuthill already has a City Council challenger, and his name is Kendal Killian -- Brett Buckner to challenge Don Samuels ... More >>
Diane Hofstede is a polarizing figure. Yesterday, four of her colleagues on the Minneapolis City Council openly opposed her reelection in a press release distributed by her opponent, Jacob Frey. Today, three of her colleagues (Barbara Johnson, Don Samuels, and Meg Tuthill) responded by publicly supp ... More >>
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
North Minneapolis community organizer Brett Buckner will announce a bid for Don Samuels' Ward 5 City Council seat this afternoon at Avenue Eatery on West Broadway. According to Buckner's Linkedin account, he's worked for Keith Ellison, the Minnesota DFL, and the Minneapolis NAACP. He's currently li ... More >>
Don Samuels is the City Council member who represents Ward 5, better known as north Minneapolis. But on Sunday morning, he used a long editorial on the front page of the Star Tribune's opinion section to suggest he might also be the closest thing to Walker Texas Ranger you're going to find in City H ... More >>
See Also: Mpls City Council hosting hearing on Civilian Review Authority overhaul today Senate passes bill to limit Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority's power Despite near-unanimous criticism during a public hearing Wednesday afternoon, a Minneapolis City Council committee voted in favor of a ... More >>
See Also: Senate passes bill to limit Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority's power David Bicking asked to resign from Civilian Review Authority After a temporary delay to gather input from the public, the battle over the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority continues today.
The fuzzy math behind the city's struggle to curb the crime wave
This morning, Ninzel Banks became the second north Minneapolis toddler killed by a stray bullet in the last six months.Banks, 5, was hit about 8:35 a.m. while sleeping on a couch in a home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue North.Relative Robert Tolliver is staying at the house. Tolliver told the St ... More >>
Today, after months of backdoor negotiations and hemming and hawing, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members pledged support for a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.At a news conference, Mayor R.T. Rybak told Gov. Mark Dayton: "We want to hand you the signed letters of seven city c ... More >>
Tony WebsterNorth Minneapolis landlords are holding rent deposits from people whose homes were damaged by the tornadoIt's been three weeks since the tornado devastated North Minneapolis--and many victims are still waiting for their landlords to make things right.
Kristopher Miller was shot dead on May 11.Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with murdering North High School staffer Kristopher Miller, who was found shot dead in front of his home last week. Griffin, 40, was arrested l ... More >>
Minnesota's surprising place as a hub of toy crazes
It's a rough life for man's best friend
Mayor R.T. Rybak praised the council for giving the green light to Dolan.
First they had a job. Then they didn't. Now 15 Minneapolis cops have been hired yet again--Happy Holidays!
That didn't take long: We have the final vote tally in the Minneapolis mayoral and city council races.
Benny Quash, Bob Edwards, and Marck Dickhut become outlaws of comedy
The city says it wants to stop drug dealers by closing convenience stores. But owners see an underhanded form of eminent domain..
In the name of restoring order on the North Side, Minneapolis housing inspectors are issuing citations at a record pace. But is that flaking paint on Jean Coste's garage contributing to North Side crime—or just the city coffers?
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
Little more than an hour ago, it was illegal to "dance upon any public street" anywhere in the city of Minneapolis. In a move unparalleled for its leadership and bravery, the City Council just deleted ordinance 427.240, reportedly on the books since 1960.
Some highlights from the city elections that time (and voters) forgot
What's the most predictable part of the citywide Minneapolis elections this year? It's not that the FBI will be snooping around at least one Minneapolis council member even after the election, though that's a good guess.
With less than two weeks before a citywide election cycle culminates in Minneapolis, it's clear that the new ward boundaries that go into effect in January still loom large in this year's campaigns.
The Natalie Johnson Lee/Don Samuels race for city council is one of the nastiest campaigns in local memory
Technical legalities aside, there's reason to believe that the suit may not be outside the spirit of the law.
Target throws money at the north side--but who gets it?
Stephen Porter may have been humiliated and abused by cops. Or he may be the best thing that's happened to the MPD in a long time.
Samuels and African Americans, pt. II; Another Sabri Snafu
Missing jobs and development in Jordan; cops' union leader blasts Olson
Race matters on the council
A City Pages Roundtable
Minneapolis pols draw lines, choose sides
Faith versus meat-and-potatoes politics in the city council race to replace Joe Biernat