There is no circumstance under which the Senate is going to do inflation. They can sit there until the snow melts — it’s not going to happen. We have checked with our members and we don’t have the votes for that. —
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
Members of the House and Senate minimum wage conference committee traded offers Tuesday evening, with the issue of indexing the wage to inflation emerging as the key sticking point in negotiations.
His moves on minimum wage have perplexed his union supporters and a huge cross-section of the DFL base who wonder: This is a guy who has pushed hard to get a new Senate office building constructed — for $63 million — but he can’t push for a decent minimum wage for the state’s lowest-paid workers? What sort of a DFLer is that? — Read more: Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk’s leadership style confounds some, frustrates others
About seven in 10 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota are women. — Supporters of raising minimum wage point to gender gap in Minnesota
The people of this precinct deserve to have their voices heard in a process free of intimidation, threats, and physical violence. While we may disagree on who is best fit to serve this district in the Legislature, one thing we do agree upon is that these acts of violence have no place in our party. —
Joint statement from Rep. Phyllis Kahn and challenger Mohamud Noor
Read more: Rep. Phyllis Kahn faces critical test at reconvened caucus
Allegations of threats, bullying follow Cedar-Riverside caucus brawl
The DFL caucus that ended in a brawl and sent a woman to the hospital earlier this month is at the center of allegations that threats and bullying were used to disrupt the political process and that some people were paid to attend the caucus.
Further, Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame’s involvement in a contentious state House race that prompted the caucus fight has swept up City Hall and fractured the East African political community.
Nearly 150 years of wool manufacturing in Faribault
Faribault Woolen Mills started as a small family-owned business in the nineteenth century and grew to become the largest and longest-surviving woolen mill in Minnesota.
Photo by Sarah (Rosenau) Korf
There’s a sizable portion of the male online dating population that’s convinced that what we all want is a jerk. They don’t empathize with the female experience. And actually, I think, that type of message is fine and instructive in a way. I don’t want that type of guy learning the “right” way to send a message. I would rather see someone’s misogyny laid bare right away, to be deleted upon receipt. — Katie Heaney writes the book of unlove
Valentine’s Day tip: Watch movies together and you’ll stay together
Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Couples who watch relationship-focused movies and then discuss them with each other afterwards are more likely to be together after three years than couples who didn’t.
Get to know Minneapolis’ new City Council
Explore MinnPost’s questionnaire and find out where Minneapolis’ new council members stand on important issues facing the city.
The infamous gaps that separate the Twin Cities’ relatively affluent white population from its persistently poor populations of color — gaps that are wider here than nearly any place in the nation — continue to embarrass and mystify this proudly progressive region. — Housing programs concentrate poverty in a few metro locations | MinnPost