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School Reformers’ Choir: Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates All Sing From Same Hymnal

Minneapolis Schools: Slippery Roads Ahead

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, The UpTake live-streamed a Minneapolis Mayoral debate on education. The candidates seemed remarkably similar in their stances, considering the intensity of the debate surrounding public schools. So we asked Rob Levine, a critic of the school reform movement, to give us his take on this important issue. Guest commentary for The UpTake from Rob Levine

“That sounded like a sermon -– wow!” So enthused Nekima Levy-Pounds, moderator of Monday’s Minneapolis Mayoral Education Forum at the Mill City Museum at the conclusion of candidate Don Samuels’ rousing remarks. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Dems Fail to Choose Mayoral Pick; Ranked Choice Voting Comes to Fore

Candidate Betsy Hodges, with support from Gary Schiff's campaign, blocked endorsement for Mark Andrew. Photo courtesy Terry Gydesen, of terrygydesen.com

A contentious, 12-hour convention Saturday failed to endorse a DFL candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis, increasing the significance of the role that Ranked Choice Voting will play in the November 5 election and giving a crowded field of candidates more room for maneuver. Continue Reading →

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Causes That Could Lose If MN Voter Restriction Amendment Passes

Click on Photo to Hear How Voter Restriction Amendment Passage Would Adversely Affect Food Policy and Labor Rights

“You think you got problems now,” warned Congressman Keith Ellison. “If they pass this (Voter Restriction Amendment), food policy will look worse than it looks now. Cuts to nutrition programs will accelerate. Tax cuts to the wealthiest will expand.” Continue Reading →

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Romney Trying To Make “Lemonade Out Of Turds” Says Reporter Who Published Video

Click on David Corn's photo to watch his interview on Democracy Now

The reporter who helped bring national attention to video of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of the electorate says Romney is now trying to make “lemonade out of turds” with his explanation of what he meant. Mother Jone’s reporter David Corn appeared on Democracy Now this morning to talk about how a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter helped him find the video, but then talked about how Romney has handled the uproar the video has caused. Romney told a Univision town hall Wednesday night that “so many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes.” Which is only partially true since most people in poverty are still paying sales taxes and many of them are paying property taxes. Corn says those same people Romney is trying to sound compassionate about were the ones he dismissed in the video. Continue Reading →

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