Loring Park vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Hundreds Stand Against Hatred In Wake Of Orlando Shootings

More than a thousand people streamed into Minneaplis’ Loring Park – driven by a need to be with others after such a senseless massive tragedy, a need to offer prayers, and a need to find an answer to the nation’s mounting gun violence problem.

Schools Allowing Apple To Spy On Your Kids — These Lawmakers Want It To Stop

Apple’s iPad lease agreement with schools allows it to gather students names and birth date as well as track how the iPad is used. Privacy advocates say “It’s essentially the government using their power to coerce individual students into data sharing arrangements with private companies.”

Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

A revolt among Minnesota Senate Democrats failed to stop the passage on an environmental bill early Saturday morning. Debate on the legislation which DFL Sen. Scott Dibble had called a “historic step backwards” for the environment forced what was supposed to be a one day special session into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mayor Hodges Unveils Plaque

The Long Road To Same-Sex Marriage Commemorated In Bronze

“People can forget what it took. I hope that it will be a good reminder.” —Rep. Karen Clark who authored the law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota talking about a bronze plaque unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall.

Rally For Anti-Bullying Bill Draws Hundreds To Capitol

Hundreds of mostly young people rally at the Capitol in support of a bill that strengthens Minnesota’s anti-bullying laws in schools. More than 11 percent of Minnesota students report they are bullied weekly, says the bill’s chief author, Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).

Anti-ALEC Proposal Voted Down In MN Senate

The Minnesota State Senate refused to consider a proposal that would require more disclosure from and about groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which offers “model legislation” that is often turned into bills by conservatives.