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Caucus 2020: Why should I? How do I? Who is running?

I made a grievous mistake in my last post. When I originally sent the copy to the editor, I was under the impression that caucuses were going to be held the evening of the primary at 7 p.m., in the same way the preference ballot and caucuses had been on the same day in 2016. […]

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How to Run a Ranked-Choice Caucus on the Cheap

This is what we woke up to last Tuesday. It didn’t have to be this way. From media reports, it sounds like precinct chairs were downloading an untested app the night of the caucus and running into bugs and connectivity issues. When they tried to call in their results as they had four years ago, […]

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How the 2017 Ward 3 Election in Minneapolis Foreshadows Our Local Political Future

Every Monday, I listen to the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast where editors and reporters dive into the week’s news and trends through a data-driven lens. On April 8, the group discussed Clare Malone’s fascinating feature story, “A Tale of Two Suburbs,” about how race and class is dividing cities’ political geography. The podcast discussion focused on […]

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Chart of the Day: Minnesota Gasoline Prices, 2017-2019

Here’s a chart from a recent Star Tribune article about the price of gasoline. It’s not a great chart, but you can look at it anyway: First, here’s the article’s main point, which is about how price per gallon has dipped below $2: The lowest price anywhere in Minnesota on Thursday was $1.88 per gallon […]

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West St. Paul’s Medians, Tunnels, and Sidewalks Depend on this City Council Race

In the upcoming West St. Paul City Council primary, there are divergent views on important urban design issues like medians, tunnels, and sidewalks. All of those crucial decisions will come to a head next week, because there’s a four-way race for a ward 3 city council seat that will be narrowed down in a primary […]

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Unpacking Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Raymond Dehn’s Housing Platform

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn recently released a position paper on affordable housing. It’s by far the most detailed housing policy paper any mayoral candidate has released to date. From a high level perspective, here are a few of the key points: Affordable Housing Trust Fund Priority #1 for Dehn is increasing funding to the […]

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Podcast #95: Energy and Carbon Consensus with Brendan Jordan

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Brendan Jordan, the vice-president of the Great Plains Institute, a Minneapolis-based energy and climate think tank. I sat down with Brendan last week at his office to discuss the political landscape of climate change policy, both locally and nationally. We discussed how to think about climate and energy […]

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Bicycling In Our National Politics

Editor’s Note: One of the missing voices in bicycle planning in the Twin Cities is college students. This series aims to include the perspectives of a generation that is much less likely than their parents to own vehicles. The authors are Macalester students enrolled in the “Bicycling the Urban Landscape” course. The overarching objective is […]

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Taking the “Transit” Sales Tax Statewide

As I write this, the 2016 Minnesota legislative session is coming to a close, and last-minute discussions are taking place to try and sort out transportation funding. One of the major options is the possibility of a 0.5% metro-area sales tax for transit, an increase from the 0.25% currently collected for the Counties Transit Improvement Board. […]

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Thune and the Port Authority Quietly Neuter Walkability on Saint Paul’s West Side

Line-item amendments to small area master plans are not the kinds of things that make the news. But if you live next to the area being planned, as I do, you might notice what’s going on. The West Side Flats is a central part of Saint Paul right next to downtown and the Mississippi River, […]

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