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SPECIAL REPORT: Ranked Choice Voting – The Minneapolis Experiment

RCV Web Series

Watch other videos in this web series:  Video 2 – The Promises of RCV | Video #3 – Goodbye Primary, now what? | Video #4 – The Media and RCV | Video #5 – So you wish politicians could be nicer? | Video #6 – RCV, Money and Politics | Video #7 – Voter Participation | Video #8 – No Majority Winner | Video #9 – RCV: Good for Democracy
Reporting by Andy Birkey, Sheila Regan and Kathryn Nelson
Series Executive Producer: Jeff Achen

Minneapolis is the largest city between Chicago and Seattle, the coldest big city in America and it used to be one of the most Nordic places in the U.S. – a hotbed of Scandinavian and German cultures. Only one African-American had ever been elected mayor of Minneapolis: Sharon Sayles Belton who served from 1994 until 2001. Since the 1990s, the population of the flour-milling city that once prided itself—literally—on being the capital of White Bread was becoming a vibrant mix of Asian refugees, African immigrants, and Latino workers with growing communities of Somalis, Vietnamese and others adding their cultures to the existing African-American and Native American pockets in the city. The complexion of Minneapolis was changing fast, with almost 40 percent of the population made up of racial minorities, and demographers predicting that minorities will constitute a majority of the city’s 400,000 residents in the next decade or so. This change required political change.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Uncomfortable Moment: Perske Attacks Emmer For “Threatening” Divisive Record-Emmer Has No Response

Tom Emmer and Joe Perske shake hands moments after Perske attacks Emmer's record of uncooperative behavior.

In his closing statement Joe Perske (DFL) , who had been reserved and focused on the issues during the debate, took aim at Tom Emmer’s (R) behavior and record in the Minnesota legislature that Perske characterized as “divisive” “bullying, threatening” and “uncooperative” not just to Democrats but to Republicans as well. Emmer declined to respond. Continue Reading →

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Video Replay & Transcript: MN Secretary Of State Candidates Forum At University Of Minnesota

MN Secretary Of State Candidate Forum At U of MN

Is it “Express Lane Voting” or “Warmed Over Voter ID”? Minnesota Republican secretary of state candidate Dan Severson touts his “express lane voting” idea. Democratic candidate for secretary of state Steve Simon says that’s a bad idea.
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