On Abraham Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12, 1809) in 1913, beloved former President Teddy Roosevelt delivered one of the great speeches in American history, a ringing declaration for a more expansive democracy and government, one that helped its own people succeed and did much more than protect the property of its wealthiest citizens. As the party that once was Roosevelt's searches for its soul Read More
Protesting the increasingly unfair advantage of the top 1 percent underlies much of the new energy around politics and policy these days. And that can be healthy, because the economic decline of the middle class and the working class is a major challenge of our times. But it's important to stay active and informed on a more constructive front as mainstream Minnesotans try to channel that anger and enthusiasm in 2012. And one of the bes... Read More
Research shows that getting kids and their parents in a post-secondary mindset as early as possible -- creating not just hope but an expectation for college attainment -- makes a big difference in whether they get credentials. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his top economic development official, Mike Christenson, without a lot of fanfare, have been working this angle for years. Every year in the fall Mayor Rybak addresses every 9th grade... Read More
The U.S. Census Bureau's report on "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010," is out and it's worth digging in to the spreadsheets showing year-by-year change over the last 25 years for each state. More than 500,000 Minnesotans currently are without health care, even more (560,000) are living below the official poverty level (a ridiculously paltry $22,113 for a family of four) and median income... Read More
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