Election Day 2014 was sleepier than most. The election issued in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but national voter turnout and overall political engagement among voters was notably low.
Protesters gathered outside the Target store in downtown Minneapolis on August 15th to voice their objections to a product called Soda Stream. The device adds carbonation to ordinary tap water. The controversy grows out of the complicated situation in Israel and Israel’s settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River.
The contest for Mayor of Minneapolis will bring a crowded field to the polls in November. Ranked Choice Voting will make it possible for voters to select their top three choices out of a field that numbers more than 30. Now that the filing period is over, contestants are working to separate themselves from the pack. Current City Council member Betsy Hodges is being more specific about her plans.
As recently as the 1950s, the Twin Cities had a working network of streetcars. Commercial corridors like Central Avenue grew up around these lines. Now Minneapolis is looking at reestablishing streetcar lines. A proposal for one line, along Nicollet and Central avenues, is receiving public comment in a series of open houses. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy has the story of the porposed streetcar development.
Later this week, the Minneapolis City Council will consider a proposal to put a question on next November’s city-wide ballot, asking residents if the city should consider taking over its electric and gas utilities. The question comes up at a time when Minneapolis is set to re-negotiate contracts with Xcel Energy for electricity and Centerpoint Energy for gas service.
Ever since Mayor R.T. Rybak decided not to run for a fourth term and the State DFL opted not to endorse a candidate, the race for the Mayor’s office has included a busier-than-normal field of candidates. Among the candidates voters will consider is former city council member Dan Cohen, a registered independent. Dan Cohen stopped by KFAI and talked with Ryan Dawes, who asked Cohen how his administration would differ from Rybak’s.
The April 2nd show of Conversations with Al McFarlane, will be recorded live from the Minneapolis Urban League at 2100 Plymouth Ave N in North Minneapolis. The guest speaker will be Rep. 5th District Keith Ellison, who will discuss the economy, the sequester and what it means for families in the community.
Lennie Chism’s conversation with Civil Rights Legend Marion Barry, Voting Rights, Past, Present, Future, Our Struggle to Vote on KFAI Radio, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul, Joined in the conversation by Donald Allen, and Mel Reeves.
Forty-four men have served as President of the United States, though none hail from Minnesota. In this MinneCulture documentary, KFAI legacy producer Ahndi Fridell profiles six local politicians who left a mark on national history in their run for the White House: Ignatius Donnelly, Floyd Olson, Harold Stassen, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale.
Immigrants rights supporters followed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer to a fundraiser in Columbia Heights on Wednesday, June 16. About 40 people gathered in front of Historic Heights Bed and Breakfast to draw attention to Emmer’s support of Arizona’s anti-immigration legislation, also known as SB 1070. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell reports.