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A Legislature that Values Women’s Rights
By Lauren Beecham, Guest Commentary January 10, 2013

When Minnesota's House Speaker gaveled open the session Tuesday, the Minnesota legislature looked and felt very different than it has the past two years.…

Tuesday Talk: What’s your vision of legislative victory?
By Joe Sheeran January 08, 2013

Progressives have high expectations this Legislative session—developing a fair tax system, adequately funding education, increasing transit opportunities, and expanding access to health care. However,…

Activated Voices: Doing My Part for the 99%
By Tom Niemisto December 19, 2012

"We are the 99%!" SEIU Local 26 workers chanted during a downtown Minneapolis march. The janitors and security officers are hoping to broker a…

Tuesday Talk: A policy path from tragedy?
By Joe Sheeran December 18, 2012

Minnesota 2020’s condolences are with the victims’ families and community of Newtown, Connecticut. While our initial thoughts about this tragedy might lead us to…

Tuesday Talk: How should Minnesota define “rich”?
By Joe Sheeran December 11, 2012

Middle-class and lower-income Minnesotans, along with seniors, school children, and citizens with disabilities have been shouldering conservatives’ failed "no-new-taxes" fiscal policy the last decade.…

Activated Voices: Every Voice Counts
By Tom Niemisto December 05, 2012

Minnesota's legislature doesn't shape policy in isolation. It's informed by thousands of voices bringing their unique perspective to the debate. This past election reminds…

Tuesday Talk: Compromise without caving?
By Joe Sheeran December 04, 2012

For a decade, most conservative political candidates, in Minnesota and across the nation, have taken a “no-new-taxes” pledge. However, to avoid the fiscal cliff…

Tuesday Talk: What’s the best tax reform?
By Joe Sheeran November 27, 2012

Cyber Monday reminds us that online businesses enjoy a sales tax loophole, putting traditional Minnesota bricks-and-mortar stores at a disadvantage. Tax fairness means fairly…

Activated Voices: Public Policy Stage Comedy
By Tom Niemisto November 21, 2012

At times, policy advocates get so caught up in making an argument, using intricate facts and figures, we overwhelm (and sometimes bore) the general…

Tuesday Talk: What services are you thankful for?
By Joe Sheeran November 20, 2012

From the educators at your child’s school to public safety and social workers to the DNR officers ensuring safe, well-functioning outdoor recreational facilities, public…

Tuesday Talk: What’s a fair fiscal compromise?
By Joe Sheeran November 13, 2012

Our election confirmed Minnesotans and Americans want compromise and cooperation on the policies that matter most—education, health care, infrastructure and taxes. The election, however,…

Tuesday Talk: What’s your policy priority?
By Rachel Weeks November 06, 2012

As we head to the polls today and start a new legislative chapter, what issues are your biggest priority? In the next year, Minnesota…

Activated Voices: Young, Rural, Internet, Entrepreneur
By Tom Niemisto October 31, 2012

Growing up in a rural area, Darin Steffl had first hand experience with the lag in advanced telecommunications infrastructure, especially high speed internet service.…

Tuesday Talk: How to move beyond “Drill, baby, drill”?
By Joe Sheeran October 30, 2012

Be wary of candidates perpetuating the myth that the United States can drill its way to energy independence and lower gas prices. The reality…

The Lockout: Management’s Latest Weapon
By Peter Rachleff, Guest Commentary October 29, 2012

Music-loving and hockey-loving Minnesotans find themselves holding tickets to non-events these days. The management of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,…

When the Prairie Harvested Tennis Stars
By Dana Yost, Guest Commentary October 23, 2012

Editor's Note: Midwest author and former Marshall Independent editor Dana Yost has a new book hitting shelves soon. A Higher Level chronicles Southwest State…

Tuesday Talk: How to Fix Gender Pay Gap?
By Joe Sheeran October 23, 2012

Governor Romney’s “binders full of women” comment sparked passionate debate about workplace equality, and rightfully so. A women makes “74 cents for every dollar…

Tuesday Talk: What are the consequences of Voter ID?
By Joe Sheeran October 16, 2012

Considering the Secretary of State’s estimate that more than 200,000 registered voters currently lack valid identification for voter ID, the amendment will erect serious…

Activated Voices: Young Vet Battles Voter ID
By Tom Niemisto October 15, 2012

Education underfunding, growing poverty, health care disparities, the list goes on. What did the conservative-led legislature do to help solve these problems? Very little.…

Tennis, the Prairie, and Gender Equity
By Dana Yost, Guest Commentary October 10, 2012

Editor's Note: Midwest author and former Marshall Independent editor Dana Yost has a new book hitting shelves soon. A Higher Level chronicles Southwest State…

Activated Voices: Two-wheeled Social Change
By Tom Niemisto October 03, 2012

There is much more to bicycling than knowing how to fix a flat. Cycles for Change (formerly the Sibley Bike Depot) sees access to bikes…

Tuesday Talk: What happened to tax fairness?
By Joe Sheeran October 02, 2012

With a month to go before a major election, Minnesotans are distracted by two amendments that do nothing to move the state forward. The…

Keep our Lead on Voting Rights
By Dave Mindeman September 25, 2012

Minnesota, like almost no other state, has tried to widen access to voting. We have an enviable voter participation track record. If an eligible…

Tuesday Talk: Online learning’s future?
By Joe Sheeran September 25, 2012

As online learning grows in popularity, becoming a mainstream teaching tool, there is debate over its potential. Minnesota (see page 112) has a variety of…

Activated Voices: Listen to Someone Different
By Tom Niemisto September 19, 2012

Just as walking a mile starts with a single step, meaningful social change starts with fostering communication within stakeholder groups.  For this week's Activated…

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