Natalie Johnson Lee

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    September 29, 2014

    Council Member Blong Yang Defends Involvement in Community Action of Mpls

    On the same day officials raided Community Action of Minneapolis, a nonprofit accused in a state audit of misappropriating $800,000 in taxpayers dollars, Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang defended his short tenure on the organization's board of directors.Yang, who was appointed to the board ... More >>

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    August 2, 2006

    When Is Free Speech Too Free?

    Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.

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    January 18, 2006

    Messenger, Shot

    For 35 years, Larry Blackwell has worked on civil rights issues at city hall. Now he's been shown the door--again.

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    December 8, 2005

    Marked man: candidates line up to take on Stenglein

    Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein could be facing a tough re-election campaign next year. The three-term independent Hennepin County Commissioner, who unsuccessfully ran for m ... More >>

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    December 7, 2005

    The Billion Dollar Bash

    Minneapolis moves toward a final 2006 city budget

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    November 16, 2005

    Nine Things We Learned Last Tuesday

    Some highlights from the city elections that time (and voters) forgot

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    November 9, 2005

    Money changes almost everything

    Last night's mayoral and city council elections in Minneapolis re-affirmed one political truism: incumbents enjoy a colossal advantage over challengers. Of the 11 incumbents who ran, nine were returned to office. The two who lost--Natalie Johnson Lee and Dean Zimmermann--were both running against fe ... More >>

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    November 8, 2005

    Election day fun facts and deep thoughts

    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.

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    November 2, 2005

    From the pole to the polls

    Two Minneapolis council members have taken donations from downtown strip clubs. So what?

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    October 27, 2005

    Redistricting MPLS: How it really went down

    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.

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    October 26, 2005

    Black on Black Grime

    The Natalie Johnson Lee/Don Samuels race for city council is one of the nastiest campaigns in local memory

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    September 23, 2005
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    July 29, 2005
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    June 1, 2005

    Add It Up: Mpls Council Member Finds Hidden Fees in Stadium Deal

    The city isn't contributing any money toward the Twins ballpark--on paper anyway. One city leader does the math.

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    June 1, 2005

    Stubbed Out

    Despite hefty losses, Minneapolis bar owners can't get anyone to reconsider the smoking ban

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    May 25, 2005

    More details for MPLS on ballpark

    City Council postpones opposition to Twins stadium As reported on The Blotter earlierĀ (third item), Dean Zimmermann and Natalie Johnson Lee are trying to get their colleagues on the Minneapolis city council to publicly denounce the ballpark deal. So far, no dice: Action on their resolution against ... More >>

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    May 13, 2005

    MPLS council members on ballpark: Hey, this deal sucks!

    Minneapolis city council members Dean Zimmermann and Natalie Johnson LeeĀ introduced an anti-ballpark resolution at this morning's full council meeting. The entire resolution is here, but this passage seems particularly worthy of some thought. Whereas, by a 1997 referendum, Minneapolis taxpayers ha ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2005

    Loyal Opposition

    City Council allies Zimmermann and Lilligren face off in Minneapolis's Sixth Ward

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    May 19, 2004

    Department of the Living Dead

    Why is the city's civil rights office such a chronic mess?

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    February 25, 2004

    MPD Scandals, Continued: A Primer

    The Duy Ngo case: McManus bets the farm; Will Olson land on the hot seat?

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    February 11, 2004

    Up For Grabs

    Target throws money at the north side--but who gets it?

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    January 14, 2004

    Boss Lady

    Meet Barb Johnson, the most powerful politician in Minneapolis

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    November 5, 2003

    Playing Dead

    Tht NAACP abandons its watchdog role over Hollman

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    October 29, 2003

    A Whiter Shade of Pale

    Why mayor Rybak is loathed on the north side

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    September 10, 2003

    Skin Tight

    Samuels and African Americans, pt. II; Another Sabri Snafu

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    September 3, 2003

    Where the Buck Never Stops

    Missing jobs and development in Jordan; cops' union leader blasts Olson

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    August 27, 2003

    Black Like Who?

    Race matters on the council

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    August 20, 2003
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    May 28, 2003

    Something for the Little People

    The Twin Cities-based Northwest Area Foundation has a $450 million endowment to use on charitable programs. So why has it been nearly invisible for years?

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    February 12, 2003

    State of the City

    Minneapolis pols draw lines, choose sides

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    January 29, 2003

    Minnesota Greens: Your Antiwar Party

    After a terrible November 5, Minnesota's forgotten "major" party retools

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    December 25, 2002

    Reckless Eyeballin'

    Longtime civil rights activist and agitator Ron Edwards talks about the city he loves and hates

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    December 4, 2002

    Dancing as Fast as She Can

    Is the director of the Minneapolis Civil Rights department really doing anything?

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    September 25, 2002

    The Jordan Shuffle

    The city plays politics with police/minority relations

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    September 4, 2002

    Trouble Shooters

    A violent night in north Minneapolis and the community activists who helped the cops stop it

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    August 14, 2002

    When Sorrow Turns to Anger

    Wishing for a few more moments of silence

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    July 10, 2002

    A Road by Any Other Name

    Which local heroes deserve their own stretch of asphalt?

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    April 24, 2002

    Drawn and Quartered

    Welcome to redistricting 101. Now shut up.

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    April 10, 2002

    Built for Conflict

    Steve Minn's gotta fight for his right to develop

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    March 20, 2002

    Fear Factor

    Jackie Cherryhomes is scary

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    March 6, 2002


    What happened to the files of former Minneapolis City Council president Jackie Cherryhomes?

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    November 14, 2001
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    November 14, 2001
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    October 31, 2001

    The Education of Sharon Sayles Belton

    No party endorsement, a disastrous primary, and an opponent who attracts wealthy liberals: Can Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton revive her reelection campaign?

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    October 31, 2001
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    October 10, 2001

    Left Field

    Joan Campbell's surprising loss leaves two candidates fighting for the Second Ward's liberal base

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    September 5, 2001

    Poor's Standard

    Laying down the law on campaign signs

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    July 25, 2001

    Help Wanted

    There's new controversy surrounding the Hollman project: Who's getting the jobs?

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    April 18, 2001

    An Unlikely Challenger

    A self-employed community activist takes on a Minneapolis political powerhouse

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    September 6, 2000

    Watchdog Training

    City council members vow to pay closer attention to the Hollman project

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