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City Council passes $1.1 billion 2014 budget

Published December 12, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's final budget Wednesday night, allocating additional funds to improve public safety citywide. The city’s $1.1 billion...

New City Council could change Dinkytown

Published December 5, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council saw a large turnover in last month’s election, leaving many projects — including Dinkytown development — in the hands of newcomers. Of the seven freshmen...

Biking initiative ends, projects continue

Published November 26, 2013

The Twin Cities was one of four metro areas in the country to receive a sizable federal grant nearly seven years ago for promoting non-motorized transportation — an initiative that is finishing its...

University student Mose Kusik holds a chicken at Chicken Run Rescue on Sunday afternoon.

Come winter, chicken owners balk

Published November 20, 2013

Mary Britton Clouse has 20 rescued chickens living in her Minneapolis home. On Sunday, one wandered off. She soon found the lost companion in her house, which doubles as a sanctuary for stray and abandoned...

Minneapolis city council ward 3 incumbent Diane Hofstede speaks to her party guests about her loss to Jacob Frey and whats next for her in Northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Incumbents talk future after loss

Published November 18, 2013

City Council members who lost in the Nov. 5 election have unfinished business before cleaning out their offices in City Hall, including priming newcomers and finalizing projects. Outgoing council members...

Armed man puts U on alert

Published November 11, 2013

University of Minnesota police asked students, faculty and staff to seek shelter at around 3:15 p.m. Monday after an armed man allegedly attempted to rob a student in Anderson Hall. Police arrived at the...

Frontrunner mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges speaks to supporters at 612 Brew in Northeast.

After three days, Hodges elected mayor

Published November 7, 2013

Minneapolis residents can expect City Councilwoman Betsy Hodges to lead City Hall come January, succeeding three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak. Hodges addressed a crowd of about 250 supporters at 612 Brew in northeast...

Minneapolis attorney Jacob Frey declares victory over Ward 3 councilwoman Diane Hofstede

Frey unseats Hofstede as Ward 3 council member

Published November 5, 2013

Jacob Frey has been elected to replace two-term incumbent Diane Hofstede as the Minneapolis City Council member for Ward 3. Frey secured more than 61 percent of first-choice votes and joined two other...

How to: Election Day 2013

Published November 5, 2013

When the polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Minneapolis officials will begin counting ranked-choice votes to decide the next wave of city government leaders. Thirty-five candidates are vying to replace...

Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew outraises in home stretch

Published October 30, 2013

With less than a week before Election Day, candidates for mayor, City Council and other city government offices submitted their final campaign finance reports on Tuesday, showing how much they’ve...

Sharon Anderson makes an opening statement at a St. Paul mayoral forum on Thursday at the St. Paul School District offices.

Coleman breezes through easy race

Published October 28, 2013

Three challengers each hope to unseat two-term incumbent Chris Coleman to become the new mayor of St. Paul. But with few political resources and little name recognition, Sharon Anderson, Tim Holden and...

St. Paul mayoral candidates debate for the first time

Published October 25, 2013

Four St. Paul mayoral candidates, including two-term DFL incumbent Chris Coleman, discussed public transit, economic development and other city issues Thursday at a casual public forum. Mayoral candidates...

Conservation biology junior Jamee Snyder, College Democrats member Andrea Whitaker and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak play in a moon bounce Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, during Voterpalooza on Northrop Plaza.

Weighing candidates’ ‘cool factor’

Published October 23, 2013

Mayor R.T. Rybak, known for crowd surfing at First Avenue, wearing mismatched socks and visiting local breweries, isn’t seeking a fourth term, and his successors aren’t striving to mirror his...

University of Minnesota students and student groups have a wide range of reactions surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct and a possible coverup of child pornography claims among Catholic Church leaders.

Catholic students torn over allegations

Published October 22, 2013

Following recent sexual abuse allegations against a prominent local Catholic priest, Catholic University of Minnesota students and student groups are seeking truth and accountability. Rev. Michael Keating...

Student group forms to support Hodges

Published October 17, 2013

With 35 candidates on the November ballot, some University of Minnesota students are joining to support their favorite mayoral contender. Urban Studies senior Andrew Degerstrom, co-founder of Students...

Sellers at Flamingos Divine Finds in Minneapolis do business on Sunday at a seasonal flea market. Outdoor markets like this have finally been legalized in the last year.

Ban lifted, but few flea markets hop to it

Published October 15, 2013

Anthony Shane’s shop on Cedar Avenue features treasures like vintage troll dolls and mounted deer antlers, but he said his favorite items to collect are unique clocks because they remind him of his...

Man electrocuted in Dinkytown climb

Published October 10, 2013

A former University of Minnesota graduate student was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after being electrocuted and falling from a Dinkytown electrical utility pole. Steven McKinney, a 24-year-old...

President of College Democrats Laura Pratt writes on a whiteboard while group members brainstorm ideas for an event that would educate students on ranked choice voting on Wednesday evening in STSS. The student group endorsed Mark Andrew and Jacob Frey.

Few groups jump to endorse

Published October 10, 2013

This year’s Minneapolis city council election is the first time The University of Minnesota’s Socialist Alternative Club has backed one of its own members as a city government candidate. The...

Man hospitalized after climbing Dinkytown utility pole

Published October 9, 2013

A former University of Minnesota graduate student was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after being electrocuted and falling from a Dinkytown electrical utility pole. Steven McKinney, a 24-year-old...

From left: Kurt Dornfeld and Tim Holden. (Not pictures: Sharon Anderson)

St. Paul mayor Coleman faces three challengers

Published October 2, 2013

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s challengers are dissatisfied with how he’s run the city for the last eight years. The candidates said the two-term DFL incumbent has mishandled the city government...

Independent expenditure groups form to support Andrew, Hodges

Published October 1, 2013

Backers of Minneapolis mayoral candidates Betsy Hodges and Mark Andrew formed independent expenditure groups days apart, the Star Tribune reported. According to election guidelines, contributers can...

Participants start the Big Gay Race 5K under the Central Avenue bridge on the St. Anthony Main Street on Saturday.

After honeymoon, marriage fight still running

Published September 30, 2013

Last year, the Big Gay Race rallied almost 7,000 people to help defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota. A year later, with the amendment defeated and same-sex...

Senior Tatiana Hakanson, right, registers to vote at Voterpalooza hosted by MPIRG, MSA and FairVote MN at Northrop Plaza on Tuesday afternoon. City council members and mayoral candidates spoke with students to inform them about the upcoming election.

Voterpalooza brings candidates to the U

Published September 25, 2013

More than 100 University of Minnesota students registered and pledged to vote during the campus Voterpalooza event and mayoral debate Tuesday — fewer than were registered during Voterpalooza last...

Students, candidates talk Dinkytown

Published September 25, 2013

Eight mayoral frontrunners were cautiously supportive of development in Dinkytown at their first forum on campus Tuesday. The candidates generally agreed that the development in Dinkytown is a step in...

Voterpalooza, mayoral forum welcome city candidates to campus

Published September 24, 2013

University of Minnesota students can meet Minneapolis mayoral and city council candidates, register to vote and learn about the ranked-choice voting system Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Northrop Plaza The...

Minneapolis among top 10 most energy-efficient US cities

Published September 19, 2013

Minneapolis placed eighth in a nationwide ranking of the most energy-efficient cities in the US, according to a city press release. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated 34 of the...

Minnesota State Representative Karen Clark (DFL), sponsor of the marriage equality bill, speaks at Coffman Union on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Political action committees continue marriage fight

Published September 19, 2013

Newly formed political action committees and campaigns are gearing up to help re-elect — or unseat — state representatives who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in May. Minnesotans United...

City candidates skip campus

Published September 18, 2013

With two hotly contested constitutional amendments and a presidential election, University of Minnesota students encountered political campaigns as soon as they stepped foot on campus last year. This year,...

U tests new services model to cut costs

Published September 17, 2013

The first step of University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s plan to cut $90 million in administrative spending over six years may be streamlining University services. The University will standardize...

Libertarian Party candidate Michael Katch, incumbent City Council member Diane Hofstede, DFL-endorsed Jacob Fry and Green Party candidate Kristina Gronquist answer questions discussing issues facing Northeast artists and other neighborhood concerns in a debate on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.

Third ward candidates talk art

Published September 12, 2013

Citizens of Northeast Minneapolis gathered at the Ritz Theatre on Tues­day night to sip local beer, listen to a bluegrass band and watch Minneapolis City Council candidates discuss subsidized housing...

Arrest made in shooting of north Minneapolis infant

Published September 10, 2013

The juvenile suspect who allegedly fled the scene after shooting his 2-month-old nephew turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to a Minneapolis Police Department press release. Minneapolis police...

Humphrey School fellow and former Speaker of the Minnesota House Steve Sviguum explains the process of passing a bill in a workshop entitled  “Governing 101” on September 6, 2013 in Sabathani Community Center. Sviguum partnered with Isuroon, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to Somali women’s health issues, to give a series of workshops to teach Somali men and women about the Legislative process.

Sviggum partners with Somali organization

Published September 9, 2013

Last legislative session, Fartun Weli authored and lobbied for a bill that would help eliminate Somali women’s reproductive health disparities. The bill would have provided $170,000 to Isuroon, a...

Rybak invites Chicago’s gay couples to marry in Minn.

Published September 5, 2013

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will travel to one of Chicago’s most high-profile gay neighborhoods Thursday to persuade same-sex couples to get married in Minnesota, the Associated Press...

U weighs new college

Published September 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will consider creating a new college by integrating the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Just...

University considers merger of CBS and CFANS

Published September 4, 2013

The University announced Wednesday that it will consider creating a new college integrating the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Earlier...

Andrew, Frey lead campaign donations

Published September 4, 2013

Minneapolis mayoral and City Council candidates released campaign finance reports Tuesday — the first of only two required disclosures preceding the election. The Hennepin County Elections Division...

Regents to vote on Fairview, Vikings

Published May 9, 2013

  The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will meet Thursday and Friday for its final meeting of the academic year. The regents will take action on a proposal to create a single, shared governance...

Kaler talks smoking ban, DREAM Act

Published May 8, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Tuesday for its monthly “Kickin’ It with Kaler” interview. Kaler, who is nearing the end of his...

Tony Wagner, Bailey Alto, and Morgan Goronkin were selected as the new editor in chief, business operations officer, and president.

Minnesota Daily announces new OP staff

Published May 6, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors recently selected the new Office of the Publisher  staff to lead the Daily in the next academic year. Bailey Alto, Morgan Goronkin  and Tony...

DREAM Act passes Senate

Published May 2, 2013

The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow undocumented Minnesota students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid at colleges and universities in the state. The Minnesota Prosperity,...

A push for greater MN internships

Published April 25, 2013

Policymakers included a bill aimed at increasing student internships outside the metro area in the Senate omnibus tax bill, which passed a committee Wednesday. The bill, introduced several times in the...

Kaler to critics: look forward, not to the past

Published April 24, 2013

State legislators are in the process of increasing funds for the University of Minnesota in order to freeze tuition for the next two years. But as policymakers grant more money to the University, some...

Three-year-old Baxter Fiscus looks at the bear exhibit at the Bell Museum of Natural History as he tours with his mom Lynne and brother Braxton on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Bell Museum could get new life

Published April 18, 2013

Susan Weller spent Christmas Eve 2008 at the Bell Museum of Natural History. But the first-year museum director didn’t go to catch up on work or for a holiday party. A pipe had burst on the third...

Lecturer and alumna finished race before bombs

Published April 17, 2013

After running 26.2 miles in four hours on little food and water, University of Minnesota alumna Brittany Pentek needed Gatorade and a change of clothes. Jennifer Bhalla, a lecturer in the University’s...

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson gives a brief history of Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center during a hearing on the potential Fairview merger with South Dakota based Sanford Health Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the State Capitol.

Merge likely in University’s hands

Published April 8, 2013

  More than 100 people packed a crowded room at the state Capitol on Sunday for a public discussion over the potential merger between Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services. Leaders from Sanford...

Kaler talks Tubby, alcohol, Legislature

Published April 3, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Tuesday for its monthly Kickin’ It With Kaler interview. This month, Kaler also fielded questions from students...

Apps open for student reps to Board of Regents

Published March 27, 2013

Eight University of Minnesota students will get the chance to serve as student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s governing body. The Minnesota Student Association and Graduate and...

University President Eric Kaler presents new operational efficiency data during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Minnesota state Capitol.

Lawmakers react to consultant report on U administration

Published March 13, 2013

After almost two months, legislators received the University of Minnesota’s report on administrative costs they’ve been waiting for. University President Eric Kaler presented Sibson Consulting’s...

Regents approve arboretum addition, AHC lease

Published March 11, 2013

  University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday approved the purchase of a 78-acre addition to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn. The $4.3 million purchase will allow the University...

Report: U can improve

Published March 11, 2013

A recent examination of four University of Minnesota administrative units found the school could increase the number of staff per supervisor to maximize efficiency. University President Eric Kaler presented...

A car rests in a yard early Sunday, March 3, 2013, on the 400s block of Thirteenth Ave. SE. The vehicle damaged several street signs and Burrito Locos patio fence.

Drunken driver crashes into B. Loco

Published March 5, 2013

  A St. Paul man was charged with drunken driving Saturday night after he crashed his car into the fence surrounding Burrito Loco in Dinkytown. University of Minnesota police cited a 23-year-old man...

Obama nominates 3 cabinet members

Published March 4, 2013

President Barack Obama nominated three new advisors to lead the Energy Department, Engironmental Protection Agency, and budget office Monday afternoon during the first Cabinet meeting of his second term,...

Former regent Sviggum will return to the U

Published February 28, 2013

Steve Sviggum, the former University of Minnesota regent who resigned last spring, plans to return to the University as a Humphrey School of Public Affairs legislative fellow, the Star Tribune reported...

University President Eric Kaler in his Morrill Hall office Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Kaler will deliver his second State of the University address Thursday.

Kaler talks MOOCs, Legislature and gun control

Published February 27, 2013

  Days before University President Eric Kaler gives his second State of the University address, the Minnesota Daily sat down with the second-year president to discuss recent news at the University. Kaler...

Abdul Omari, a third-year doctoral candidate studying international and comparative development education, earned the recommendation of the Joint Higher Education Committee on Regent Selection for the student at-large position on the Universitys Board of Regents on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at the State Office Building in St. Paul.

Committee names 4 University regents

Published February 27, 2013

A joint committee of legislators recommended four candidates to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Tuesday night. After a long evening of deliberation, the higher education committees...

Kaler talks MOOCs, year-round calendar and State of the U

Published February 26, 2013

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Tuesday to discuss recent happenings at the University. Kaler touched on new eLearning initiatives, criticism and support...

Joint legislative committee to recommend four regents

Published February 26, 2013

The Minnesota House and Senate Higher Education Committees will recommend four candidates for appointment to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents at a joint meeting Tuesday night. Out of the nine...

Consultant’s review of U admin structure underway

Published February 21, 2013

An independent consulting firm University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler hired has started its review and is currently cataloguing the various levels of administrative employees as part of its month-long...

U to work out kinks of year-round calendar

Published February 18, 2013

The University of Minnesota will implement a year-round calendar pilot program this fall, an alluring prospect to schools around the nation that are under pressure to be more efficient and cost effective. The...

University of Minnesota Board of Regents incumbent at-large representatives Linda Cohen, left,  and Dean Johnson on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the state Capitol.

Three battle for at-large Regent spot

Published February 14, 2013

  Veterans Linda Cohen and Dean Johnson are looking to defend their at-large seats on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents as their six-year terms come to an end. They’re facing Belle...

U grad to sit with Michelle Obama at State of the Union

Published February 11, 2013

Abby Schanfield, who graduated from the University of Minnesota in December, will join Frist Lady Michelle Obama in her box during Tuesday's State of the Union address, the Star Tribune wrote in a...

Chair Linda Cohen addresses the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents approve looser alcohol ad restrictions

Published February 11, 2013

  On Friday, the Board of Regents voted to revise the University of Minnesota’s alcoholic beverages on campus policy, which formerly prohibited sponsorship and signage of alcoholic beverages...

U to test year-round calendar

Published February 11, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday that students entering two degree programs in the College of Design can take year-round classes and graduate in three years, starting this...

University hires consultant for $48K review

Published February 11, 2013

  University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced Friday that the University will spend $48,000 on an outside consulting firm to review the University’s administrative structure. Two...

Ertugrul Tuzcu

Businessmen vie for Hung’s spot

Published February 7, 2013

Two Minneapolis businessmen are looking to bring their professional experience and backgrounds in education to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Ertugrul Tuzcu and Dennis Nguyen are the finalists...

Boy Scouts postpone decision to lift ban on gays

Published February 6, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America announced that it will postpone the vote on whether or not to allow gay members and leaders until May, the Associated Press reported. The delay was announced Wednesday after three...

President Barack Obama speaks for tighter gun control on Feb. 4, 2013, at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center.

Obama brings gun law platform to Minneapolis

Published February 5, 2013

Amid a debate over a term-defining issue, President Barack Obama made a brief trip to Minneapolis to meet with law enforcement and elected officials Monday to push for tighter gun laws. Speaking from the...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Coffman Union.

Kaler: U strong, ‘flaws not fatal’

Published February 4, 2013

Despite past challenges and future financial uncertainty, President Eric Kaler said the University of Minnesota is strong in his State of the University address Thursday at Coffman Union. In front of roughly...

Chris Tastad, right, shakes hands with State Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, after a meeting at the Minnesota State Office Building on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in St. Paul.

Three students vie for open Board of Regents seat

Published January 31, 2013

After six years, three University of Minnesota students have the chance to serve on the most powerful governing body at the school. Drew Coveyou, Abdul Omari and Chris Tastad are all looking to fill the...

Obama to visit Minneapolis on Monday

Published January 29, 2013

A White House official announced that President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday, the Star Tribune posted in a blog.   No further details have been released regarding the president's...

Boy Scouts may drop nationwide ban on gay youths, leaders

Published January 29, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America officials announced Monday that they may lift the current ban on gay youths and leaders, the New York Times reported.   If the national ban is lifted, local chapters will...

Four arrested in connection with Brazil nightclub fire that killed 232

Published January 29, 2013

Authorities arrested two co-owners, a band member and a club promoter Monday in connection with the weekend blaze that killed 232 in a Brazilian night club, USA Today reported.  The arrests were made...

Kaler responds to admin. criticism, funding

Published January 28, 2013

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler last week. The president, who’s currently working with his second Legislature since coming into office, discussed Gov....

Former Senate staffer Brodkorb critically injured in car crash

Published January 24, 2013

Former Minnesota GOP Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was critically injured late Wednesday night in a car crash on I-35E in Mendota Heights, the Star Tribune reported.  According to reports, Brodkorb...

University to review administrative spending

Published January 22, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced plans to hire a consultant earlier this month in light of criticism from a Wall Street Journal article that reported excessive administrative spending. While...

Kaler talks budget, holiday plans

Published December 12, 2012

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Tuesday. The Legislature will convene next month for its 2013 session, when it will consider the University’s $1.2...

Regents to take up capital request

Published December 12, 2012

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will vote on the University’s 2013 capital budget request Friday in its final meeting of the year. The nearly $200 million plan includes $125 million...

Budget, tax reform will be legislative priorities in 2013

Published December 11, 2012

Gov. Mark Dayton and a group of Minn. DFL and Republican leaders agreed that the state budget and taxes will top the 2013 legislative agenda, the Star Tribune reported.  With the state facing a predicted $1.1...

Minn. Legislature could pass new anti-bullying law in 2013

Published December 6, 2012

State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said that he's "reasonably confident" that the Legislature will pass a new anti-bullying law in the 2013 session, Minnesota Public Radio reported.  Dibble...

Diversity forum to be launched

Published December 5, 2012

The University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity is working to expand conversations about diversity on campus. In the spring, the office will launch a new online forum on the OED website that...

Minn. Secretary of State would support early voting legislation

Published November 28, 2012

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Tuesday that he would support legislation that would expand early voting in the state, the Associated Press reported.  Ritchie said that he's confident...

Kluwe, Parrish debate about same-sex marriage

Published November 27, 2012

Less than a month after Minnesotans struck down a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe debated the issue with Minnesota For Marriage Campaign Manager...

Students Supporting Israel president Ilan Sinelnikov, center, leads a march Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, on Northrop Mall.

Pro-Israel students rally on campus

Published November 27, 2012

University of Minnesota students and demonstrators braved the cold Tuesday to listen to pro-Israel speakers and wave flags and signs in support of the nation. Students Supporting Israel held a rally outside...

Minnesotans United for All Families youth organizer Yer Lor packs up the groups Dinkytown office Saturday afternoon. The group opened the office weeks before Election Day to ramp up campaign efforts against the marriage amendment, which was rejected by voters last Tuesday.

Amendment defeat opens marriage conversation

Published November 12, 2012

Days after voters struck down a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, Minnesotans United for All Families closed offices around the state. Although the amendment’s main...

Obama wins Florida

Published November 10, 2012

Four days after the election, President Barack Obama was announced the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes, the Washington Post reported. Obama now has 332 electoral votes to Republican...

Kaler talks amendments, VP search

Published November 8, 2012

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Election Day to discuss politics, changes to the University’s administration and how election results could impact...

Alex Sand, and Nam Dorjee are full of emotions when it was announced that the marriage amendment did not pass at the Minnesota United election party in St. Paul Tuesday evening.

Minnesota crushes proposed marriage amendment

Published November 7, 2012

  Minnesota became the first state to strike down a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. In one of the most emotionally charged races in the state, only 47.4...

Final poll shows Obama, Romney tied at 47 percent

Published November 6, 2012

  The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll shows President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47 percent. The national poll was conducted Sunday and Monday among...

Executive order allows displaced New Yorkers to vote anywhere in state

Published November 6, 2012

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow those displaced by superstorm Sandy to cast affidavit ballots outside their voting district, according to the New York Times. The order will...

Obama, Ryan campaign last minute in Wisconsin

Published November 5, 2012

President Barack Obama visited Madison, Wis. Monday morning for a last-minute campaign stop before tomorrow’s election. According to the Star Tribune, about 18,000 people gathered near...

Obama, Christie survey Sandy damage

Published November 1, 2012

President Barack Obama took a day off from campaigning yesterday to join New Jersey Gov. Chris Chirstie in touring areas damaged by the superstorm Sandy, USA Today reported. After a helicopter ride over...

Former President Bill Clinton speaks in support of President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates Tuesday morning at McNamara Alumni Center. Clinton’s visit marked the third straight day of visits by Democratic campaigners to campus ahead of next Tuesday’s elections.

Clinton comes to Minnesota in last-minute Obama plug

Published October 31, 2012

For nearly 40 years, Democratic presidential candidates have banked on Minnesota’s electoral votes. But a recent Star Tribune/Mason-Dixon poll suggested President Barack Obama’s lead is narrowing...

Paul Ryan will arrive at MSP airport today

Published October 30, 2012

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is set to arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this evening before heading to Wisconsin to aid with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, according to...

Jeanne Kilde, director of the University of Minnesota’s religious studies program, right, opens the discussion during Monday’s “Religion and the Election” roundtable discussion at the Nolte Center for Continuing Education. Panelists from the history and political science departments also weighed in on the controversial issue of religion’s place in politics.

Professors discuss religion’s role in 2012 election

Published October 30, 2012

From convention platforms to contraceptives, religion comes up in some of today’s most prominent political discussions. On Monday, a few University of Minnesota professors sat down together at the...

President Barack Obama

Published October 28, 2012

Where do you stand on same-sex marriage? President Obama was the first sitting president to publicly announce his support for marriage for same-sex couples, and has always believed LGBT Americans should...

Mitt Romney

Published October 28, 2012

Where do you stand on same-sex marriage? Marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve...

Kaler talks budget, campus campaigns

Published October 23, 2012

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. The president talked the future of his budget — which will hit the Legislature in the upcoming session — political...

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks Wednesday at a presidential debate watch party.  Students for Obama hosted the party at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Poli-sci researcher weighs in on debate

Published October 8, 2012

Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney faced off in the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. Obama and Romney argued over their differing stances on domestic policy...

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks Wednesday at a presidential debate watch party.  Students for Obama hosted the party at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Students, Franken gather for debate watch party

Published October 4, 2012

Students filled a Bell Museum auditorium Wednesday night to watch the first presidential debate at a watch party hosted by Students for Obama. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., joined the party as well. He spoke...

Regents discuss clinic renovations

Published September 17, 2012

A University of Minnesota Board of Regents committee discussed a potential $2.7 million renovation of the Community-University Health Care Clinic at its meeting last week. The clinic, a training facility...