Governor Mark Dayton signed Minnesota's anti-bullying bill into law just hours after a long debate over its merits ended in the House. After he signed the bill he praised the debate that went on around it, calling most of it "heart felt" from both sides. However, he took exception to comments that the Safe and Supportive Schools Act was "fascism" and that it was like the police state of George Orwell's novel 1984. (More...)
It took a bit more than three months, but Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges finally delivered on her promise to The UpTake to put Wonder Woman on her office wall.
Hodges told The UpTake last fall, during her successful campaign for mayor, that the first thing she planned to do if she won election was to display her prized 1972 cover of the first edition of Ms. Magazine, autographed by Ms. co-founder Gloria Steinem. It wasn’t as easy as Hodges hoped: Strict rules about putting objects on the walls in the mayor’s third floor City Hall office — plus delays in decisions about how her office should be decorated — meant that Wonder Woman did not go up until April 10. The photos were tweeted earlier today by Hodges’ office. (more…)
After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation.
Occupy Homes is calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to follow its own foreclosure protest protocol, which requires a number of steps before people can be arrested. The demand came after seven people occupying vacant houses were arrested within 10 days in March.