The Minnesota Daily

All content by Nathaniel Rabuzzi
Minneapolis mayor elect Betsy Hodges on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Hodges rests up for her toughest job yet

December 9, 2013

Come January, Betsy Hodges will be moving into a new office and a new home. The 44-year-old Ward 13 City Councilwoman will take over for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and move in with her husband of two...

Umbilical cord blood benefits University

November 21, 2013

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview researchers will likely get a significant new source of stem cells soon — a proposal that has been discussed for years. On Wednesday, the medical...

The Minnesota Senate judiciary committee meets to discuss the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and Civil Commitment at the Capitol on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

Minnesota senators mull sex offender guidelines

November 19, 2013

Legislators and state officials are considering revisions to policies regarding the way Minnesota treats sex offenders after they serve their criminal sentences. The Senate’s Judiciary Committee...

Online voter registration spurs lawsuit

November 11, 2013

Nearly 1,500 Minnesotans used Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s new online voter registration system last month, but the program’s legitimacy is under question. Four Republican state...

A student registers to vote Tuesday at the Weisman Art Museum.

Low voter turnout in student wards

November 7, 2013

Initial results from Tuesday’s Minneapolis municipal election show only about a quarter of voters in student-heavy wards showed up to the polls to vote for a new mayor, City Council members and other...

Minneapolis Ward 2 City Councilman Cam Gordon was elected to a third term Tuesday night. Gordon, a Green Party member who won with about 87 percent of first-choice votes, will represent parts of the University area, Southeast Como, Prospect Park and Cedar-Riverside.

Gordon wins third term in Ward 2

November 6, 2013

Ward 2 incumbent Cam Gordon secured four more years on the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday when voters re-elected him for a third term. He has held the position since 2006. Gordon, a member of the...

Mayoral candidates talk jobs, wages

October 30, 2013

If they’re elected next week, Alicia Bennett and Tony Lane both hope to use the Minneapolis mayor’s office to garner support for a minimum wage increase. Bennett, Lane and Rahn Workcuff are...

Push to raise minimum wage continues

October 29, 2013

Some state legislators are planning to push this season to raise Minnesota’s hourly minimum wage, despite failed attempts last session. Supporters say the increase would spur economic growth, while...

Candidates talk city government reforms

October 23, 2013

If Bill Kahn is elected mayor of Minneapolis, he said he’ll use his new power to eliminate the mayor’s office entirely. Kahn is running against 34 other mayoral candidates, including James...

Museum gets one last shot

October 17, 2013

The Bell Museum of Natural History’s renovation was not included in the University of Minnesota’s 2014 capital budget request, but a state legislator still plans to advocate for state money...

Mayoral candidates talk cops, schools

October 16, 2013

When polls open in Minneapolis on Nov. 5, 35 mayoral candidates will be on the ballot, focusing on issues ranging from the Vikings Stadium to government reform. Kurtis Hanna, John Hartwig, John Wilson,...

Experts advise Legislature on synthetic drug problems

October 10, 2013

Minnesota legislators continued ongoing discussions about synthetic drug use in the state at a meeting Wednesday, hearing expert testimony on the use and sale of the drugs. The experts’ presentations...

Candidates talk stadium, education

October 9, 2013

A new Minneapolis mayor will be elected in about four weeks, and as the race heats up, candidates are focusing on issues like the new Vikings stadium and the city’s education system. Mark Anderson,...

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison arrested on National Mall

October 8, 2013

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, was arrested Tuesday during a protest on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Ellison sat down on Independence Avenue with other members of Congress...

State Department asked U prof for advice on Syria

October 7, 2013

A University of Minnesota professor’s proposal to solve the Syrian conflict is being discussed at the national level. The U.S. Department of State asked political science professor Kathryn Sikkink...

Candidates talk spending, energy

October 2, 2013

Five of the 35 Minneapolis mayoral candidates will focus on issues like government spending, public safety and alternative forms of energy if elected. Troy Benjegerdes, Don Samuels, Cam Winton, Bob Fine...

Without deal, government shuts down

October 1, 2013

For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. federal government has shut down. Nonessential federal offices and departments will close their doors, agencies will run on minimal staff, and several programs...

Seven mayor candidates answer questions on stage on Thursday at Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.

Candidates talk development, cops

September 23, 2013

With less than seven weeks until Election Day, mayoral candidates are getting out to tell constituents about changes they’ll make in Minneapolis if elected to succeed Mayor R.T. Rybak. Seven mayoral...

Mayoral candidates debate in south Minneapolis

September 20, 2013

Audience members asked the mayoral candidates questions to guide the discussion Thursday – many questioned the city’s police system. Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Dan...

From left to right: Mike Gould, Dan Cohen, Bob Again Carney Jr., Captain Jack Sparrow and Christopher Clark.

Mayoral candidates band together

September 18, 2013

A group of Minneapolis mayoral candidates are joining forces to share their platforms and use the city’s ranked-choice voting system to fight the status quo. The group, known as the “Mayoral...

Assistant city clerk Grace Wachlarowicz explains the voting process to Minneapolis Ward two city council member Cam Gordon at a mock election hosted at City Hall on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The mock election let voters try out ranked-choice voting.

Mayoral race will test ranked-choice voting

September 9, 2013

Minneapolis will test a ranked-choice voting system this election year – a balloting method used by less than 20 cities nationwide. Proponents of ranked-choice voting say it will lead to more candidates...

Neighborhoods want help in insect fight

September 4, 2013

University of Minnesota neighborhoods are requesting infested trees be removed as part of a citywide effort to combat invasive insects. Minneapolis officials are working to eradicate the emerald ash borer,...

Hussein Samatar, a Somali-American leader, dies

August 26, 2013

Hussein Samatar, a leader in Minneapolis' Somali-American community, died from leukemia on Sunday, MPR News reports.  He was 45. The first Somali-American elected to public office in Minnesota, Samatar...