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In tight race, Somalis turn out for Mohamud Noor, possibly Rep. Phyllis Kahn's toughest challenger in 42 years

Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor will run against each other in the 2014 election. (Photo at left by Mark Vancleave, Daily file photo on right by Holly Peterson)

The surge in political activism from Somali-Americans in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is putting pressure on longstanding Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, to prove that she deserves another term in the state Legislature.

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Achievement gap or education debt? Minneapolis school board candidates face questions

Nelson Inz, seated; Ira Jourdain speaking.

Is “education debt” a more accurate description than “achievement gap?”

This was one of the early questions in the April 12 Minneapolis school board candidate forum put on by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC). The forum is one of several being held before the  April 26 DFL Convention, when delegates may or may not choose to endorse school board candidates.

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Kahn, Noor head to primary battle as convention fails to endorse

Longtime State Representative Phyllis Kahn lost out on a DFL endorsement at the 2014 Senate District 60 Endorsing Convention on April 5, as Somali candidate and current school board member Mohamud Noor brought enough delegates to keep her vote total below the 60 percent needed for endorsement. The convention at De La Salle High School, which lasted nearly 10 hours, ended without an endorsement of either candidate, leaving them both to vie against each other in the August primary.

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The lessons of McCutcheon: The First Amendment as thuggery

Since when did the First Amendment become a tool of thuggery to suppress speech rather than enhance it? This is essentially what the Roberts Supreme Court did in the recent McCutcheon v F.E.C. decision striking down aggregate political contribution limits.

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Campaign finance and the meaning of Mary Burke

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court gave even more political power to Big Wealth. My in-box was full of talk about what this means for the country. Since I’d be described, correctly, as “leaning Left”, you can guess where my chatter comes from. I often rely on Alan at Just Above Sunset to summarize what the Big People (the pundit class) are saying about what National Stuff means. So, if you’re interested, here’s his overnight post on McCutcheon and what people are saying it means.

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Audio: Hennepin County Commissioner transportation forum

The podcast this week is a recording of the recent Hennepin County Commissioner forum co-sponsored by streets.mn, The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability. We had four of the candidates running to replace Gail Dorfman as the commissioner for district three at the forum: Ben Schweigert, Anne Mavity, Ken Kelash, and Marion Greene. Each of them answered questions on transportation and land use issues, including specific questions on bicycling, health, and equity. The forum was held at Linden hills park, was expertly moderated by Paula Pentel, the coordinator of the Urban Studies program at the University of Minnesota whom you might remember from the Mayoral forum we conducted last year. This time our forum wasn’t quite as big, but we drew about 70 interested folks on a Thursday evening, and that seems pretty good to me.

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Hennepin County District 3 special election primary - Get to know the candidates

This spring voters in Hennepin County District 3 will go to the polls and vote in a special election to fill the Hennepin County Commissioner position that was previously held by Gail Dorfman. Dorfman recently resigned to become the Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services.

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Former Mayor R.T. Rybak endorses Mohamud Noor, challenger to 21-term State Representative Phyllis Kahn for the DFL spot

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced his support for Mohamud Noor to represent parts of the University of Minnesota and surrounding neighborhoods in the state Legislature.

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Interesting bits of the 64B State Representative forum

The second senate district 64B forum for state representative was far more comfortable than the first forum, with fewer people. Jokes indicated that people had had all the candidate contact that they could wish for during the last 3 months. Mostly the audience was filled with supporters of a particular candidate. A few people told me that they were looking for second choices.

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Announcing the Hennepin County 3rd District Commissioner candidate forum

Several candidates are running for the open seat on Hennepin County’s Board of Commissioners, and we want voters to be clear on where the candidates stand. In partnership with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, streets.mn is presenting a nonpartisan forum for commissioner candidates to share their views on the future of transportation in our city.

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