Scott Benson

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    The struggle for Tim Dolan's soul

    In the month since he was named by Mayor R.T. Rybak to be chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, Dolan has withstood what is likely more public scrutiny than any police chief candidate before him.

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    September 20, 2006

    Not hailing the chief

    More than a week after Mayor R.T. Rybak announced his choice of Tim Dolan to lead the MPD, one Minneapolis City Council member is still raising questions.

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    September 15, 2006

    Popped off about the top cop

    Some city leaders are unhappy with the process that led to Tim Dolan being selected to head the MPD.

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    April 3, 2006

    Big blow for Benson

    MPLS City Council member's aspirations for higher office iced

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    February 14, 2006

    Mpls city councilors win new cars!

    Last Thursday, lifelong Minneapolis resident (and my sister-in-law) Kim Walsh was watching Fox 9 News, which reported that the Minneapolis City Council was preparing to vote on a "car allowance" for council members. The report told viewers that the $400 monthly maximum stipend is the largest stipend ... More >>

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    January 4, 2006


    When R.T. Rybak brought Bill McManus to town to head the MPD, both men talked big about reforming the troubled department. But when the chief ran into political resistance, some say, the mayor blinked. Now their relationship has hit the skids, and the fut

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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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    April 13, 2005
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    April 7, 2005

    MPLS [heart] Clear Channel

    MPLS [heart] Clear Channel: The semantics of ownership The most striking thing about Tuesday's debate over the future of the Hennepin theaters was that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council has no qualms about getting in bed with Clear Channel Entertainment. The second most striking thing was t ... More >>

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    March 18, 2005

    Crosstown Project: A Smokescreen for Transit Cuts?

    Crosstown Project: A Smokescreen for Transit Cuts? The news came in the form of a press release from MnDOT that Carol Molnau, Governor Pawlenty's "Transportation Czar," had "accepted" a plan to rebuild Minnesota Highway 62. Depending on who you talked to, Molnau either agreed to the recommendation ... More >>

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    February 23, 2005
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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 25, 2004

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    Allina signs on to the Sears complex; McManus takes oath

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    January 28, 2004

    Will Shill for Stadium

    Hennepin County's plan to fund a new Twins park lets Minneapolis off the hook--on paper

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    February 12, 2003

    State of the City

    Minneapolis pols draw lines, choose sides

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    February 5, 2003

    Tim Pawlenty's New Deal

    How Minnesota's new governor set the table for this year's budget-slashing "crisis" in state healthcare spending

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    September 25, 2002

    The Jordan Shuffle

    The city plays politics with police/minority relations

  • Books

    July 24, 2002

    Table for Thirteen

    The Mckinsey Report: Curtailing the power of the Minneapolis City Council

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    May 23, 2001

    Rainbow Coalition

    In Minneapolis this year's election features a bumper crop of gay candidates