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?
About seven in 10 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota are women.
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
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.
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.
The caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside produced an overflow crowd of more than 300, a pre-caucus argument handled by the police and a subsequent physical attack on one of the participants. The cause of the uproar was strong feelings among backers of longtime Rep. Phyllis Kahn and her challenger, Minneapolis School Board Member Mohamud Noor, who has strong support in the Somali community.
In a solid three hours of testimony, I didn’t hear a single indication that the killing of 562 wolves by sportsmen, and another 430 by government agents and landowners, and who knows how many by poachers, is having an effect at all. Or ever will.
Here we go again. On Thursday, another male politician revealed his utter ignorance about women’s reproductive health.
In one case, it helped police find a man in the woods who had been missing for 24 hours. In another instance, a parent abducted their child and fled to Pennsylvania, but the technology helped deliver the child home safely. It even led police directly to a 14-year-old missing girl locked in a hotel room.
In all of these incidents, Minnesota law-enforcement officials say the use of secretive cell-phone tracking devices were critical in quickly solving crimes that had stumped police using traditional methods.
But with concerns about mass surveillance and data privacy growing nationally, legislators want to know more about what kind of data local law-enforcement agencies are collecting and how they plan to use it.
The Hudson Sunday beer run is a Twin Cities tradition as old as highways and blue laws. On any Sunday, a steady flow of traffic down I-94 into Hudson consists of Minnesotans that were either too lazy, forgetful, or inconvenienced to buy beer on Saturday night. And Hudson is ready for them.
Don’t crowd surf …
“My faith was rarely something I wore publicly,” he wrote. “I never wanted to be put in a position of being seen as some sort of Islamic leader. … But I do understand that, as the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, I would be asked to step outside my comfort zone a bit more than I wanted.”
Christie described himself as a “sad” (also “embarrassed,” also “humiliated”) guy. He had to explicitly dispute that he was a “bully.” He accepted “responsibility” for the incident, even though he asserted nine ways from Sunday that he had nothing to do with it. Then he traveled to a town that doesn’t like him to ask forgiveness from the mayor who didn’t want to see him.