When Minnesota same-sex couples start getting married on August 1, they'll have the same status on the federal level as all other couples. As reported by SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 today that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defines marriage as the union of one man ... More >>
Chris Kluwe's NFL career didn't end when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings.SEE ALSO: New Vikings punter Jeff Locke gave Chris Kluwe props for helping defeat marriage amendment Kluwe, 31, has inked a one-year deal to become the Oakland Raiders' punter. He'll be taking a pay cut -- his contract ... More >>
Political thriller re-creates the courageous TV campaign against Augusto Pinochet
After 42 years, the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota might finally come to a close
Today, President Obama made clear that he does not support a proposal that would enshrine a gay marriage ban in Minnesota's constitution.Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for Obama's Minnesota campaign, said today in a statement: "While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in ev ... More >>
Late last month, the NCAA told UND the school "must forfeit competition" unless it scrubs the "hostile and abusive" Fighting Sioux name and Indian head logo from gear worn by athletes, school band members, cheerleaders, dancers, and mascots.UND officials have apparently decided not forfeiting i ... More >>
The NCAA is officially out of patience when it comes to the University of North Dakota's controversial Fighting Sioux nickname.In a letter sent to the UND provost yesterday, Bernard W. Franklin, the NCAA's chief inclusion officer, wrote that UND "must forfeit competition" if it does not scrub the ... More >>
The University of North Dakota's athletic teams will be known as the Fighting Sioux at least until June, when a referendum may determine whether the school keeps the nickname permanently.But, referendum or not, some of UND's traditional competitors have already had enough of the Fighting Sioux, a ... More >>
The people of North Dakota may get a chance to decide whether the University of North Dakota continues to use the Fighting Sioux nickname or not.Last night, supporters of the nickname delivered a petition with about 17,000 signatures to the NoDak secretary of state. State law says that if 13,452 ... More >>
Just 20 more ideas, and we'll get this stadium thing figured out.The Minnesota Vikings new stadium has led to a stack of ideas from public officials on how to get the thing built and paid for. Tax on Ramsey County? State legacy funds? Block E Casino downtown? Now, there are two more ideas: One, f ... More >>
Unemployment? Foreclosures? Massive budget deficit? Take a number.Remember how Republicans kept telling us this election was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, tax breaks and more jobs? The crappy economy gave conservative Christians cover from having to talk too much about over-sharing the ... More >>
There will be two Twin Cities protests Saturday in response to California's passage of Proposition 8, whic ... More >>
Rural schools say chronic underfunding is leading them to desperate measures
Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-84 margin.
Minnesotans in 99 school districts will vote Tuesday on $229 million dollars in school levy money. In one district, Paul Dorr, a sort of mercenary who targets small-town school referendums, is working his mojo. Don't miss the City Pages profile of the aggressive and quite strange Paul Dorr.
Tom Stransky is arguably the most ardent foe of bringing light rail to St. Paul. But recently the signs have disappeared from Stransky's bookstore at the busy intersection of University and Snelling Avenues.
Will county candidates suffer for their ballpark enthusiasm?
The House bill sails through the conference almost entirely intact.
Here is the final hour--save for a brief gap while the videotape was being replaced--of the Minnesota House testimony on the Twins stadium bill, after all the amendments had been considered.
Grow flipped for the stadium and Hennepin County commissioners are busy reaffirming their commitment to a new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis. But stadium proponents still must get past the House Tax Committee and its arch fiscal conservative chair, Rep. Phil Krinkie (R-Shoreview).
While the stadium games have heated up again at the Capitol for this legislative session, not everyone in local government is enthused.
How a little-known political consultant from Iowa is beating back the menace of public education, one school referendum at a time
The Strib's sometimes-contrarian editorial board joins the pro-stadium chorus
Tim Pawlenty's false populism
The latest round in the ongoing battle to ram a publicly subsidized Twins stadium into law despite widespread opposition to the concept occurred last night during a marathon session of the local government committee in the Minnesota House. The key vote of the evening was on an amendment by Rep. Fr ... More >>
By Johnson Lee and Zimmermann Opposing the use of public money for a baseball stadium. Whereas, Minnesota Statute 297A.99 calls for voter approval of local sales tax imposition; and Whereas, by a 1997 referendum, Minneapolis taxpayers have already expressed their desire to limit public funding of ... More >>
Minneapolis city council members Dean Zimmermann and Natalie Johnson Lee 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 >>
The ballpark deal that wouldn't die: After a decade of threats, insults, and doomsday scenarios, how did the Twins get the most Pohlad-friendly stadium plan yet?
Say, about that library we promised you...
R.T. Rybak alters his stance on a publicly funded ballpark
Jesse lit the fire. Now a group of legislators prepare to feed the unicameral blaze.
The courts may rule on same-sex marriage, but voters will likely have the last word
Even as she paints Sharon Sayles Belton as an opportunist, mayoral candidate Barbara Carlson has changed her position on a new, publicly funded Twins stadium.
Everybody's behind the Minneapolis schools referendum this year--including local business interests that opposed it last time. Why? Because their taxes will go down, while those of most homeowners will go up.