Just days from now, Minnesotans will go to the polls and find contests for their State Senator and Representative, a U.S. Senator and the President on the ballot. And they will also find two incredibly important questions on the back of their ballot: proposed constitutional amendments that have the potential to cause harm to Minnesota's reputation as both a welcoming place and a state that consistently sets the national standard for voter par... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s best hope for reducing disparities and achieving broad improvement in educational results was on display last week at a packed ballroom at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Some 300 of the “Granite City’s” most involved citizens, from CEOs to principals to parents to social workers to new immigrant leaders, turned out to applaud the unveiling of St. Clo... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT After many hours spent talking to folks at the “Our Vote Our Future” booth at the State Fair last week, I’m convinced that if most Minnesotans knew just a few more relevant facts, they would decisively reject the proposed constitutional amendment that would upend and undermine our state’s voting process. The so-called “photo ID” amendment, quite properly described by Min... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The sweetest and funniest moment for me at the unveiling of Hubert H. Humphrey’s statue last week was former President Bill Clinton’s soaring rhetoric about the economic uplift from racial equity and civil rights, and about Humphrey’s dream-come-true of “a more perfect union.” Clinton thanked Humphrey for transforming his once segregated state of Arkansas and the American Sout... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A well-publicized report from the Economic Policy Institute last week revealed the Twin Cities once again with the largest disparity in the nation between whites and blacks in unemployment rates. A few redeeming background facts got lost in the media coverage. The Twin Cities does not have the worst black unemployment rate. Five metro regions rank higher: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Miami... Read More
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