Several Minneapolis City Council races are being hotly contested this year. It seems there’s a lot less eagerness to be mayor.
The 32 deaths reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday represents the highest one-day death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. MDH also reported an additional 530 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Minnesota.
Running against big cities has long been part of GOP election campaigns. It is especially potent when there are no Republicans elected from those cities, as in the case in Minnesota.
Council has been trying to balance the desires of those who say the Minneapolis Police Department needs more officers and those who want more emphasis on community-led efforts.
The success of the city’s group violence intervention strategy has prompted Mayor Jacob Frey to propose growing the program so that it can address gang violence in south Minneapolis.
The so-called Kahn Rule, named after former state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, requires Minneapolis to hold elections soon after the census-driven redistricting of City Council wards, and it changes a fundamental feature of city politics: that all city offices are on the ballot at the same time.
As the Minneapolis City Council prepares to finalize the city’s budget, the data are expected to be part of the debate over police staffing.
Frey’s second State of the City address focused on police training, housing problems and economic growth.
The public will have one last chance to chime in on the budget, at a hearing Wednesday evening, before the council votes on last-minute changes and makes it final.
An updated version of the proposed comprehensive plan is set to released sometime next week.
Right now, a growing number of Minneapolis renter households are spending more than half their incomes on housing.
The mayor presented his 2019 budget in a 45-minute speech to about 50 people inside City Council chambers Wednesday morning.
There’s a desire among Minneapolis officials to respond to pleas for greater police accountability, but whether the current proposal would actually lead to better results is unclear.
The shooting deepened already-fraught divisions between police and residents of north Minneapolis — and beyond — who say Blevins’ death is yet another in a series of senseless killings of black men by white cops.
It may be late February or March before some are named.
Perhaps it was typical first-day-of-school optimism. But after a contentious 2017 election, and after four years of a city council divided on key issues, getting along has become politically desirable.
The first-choice preferences of voters whose ballots counted for Jacob Frey and Raymond Dehn; geographic distribution of exhausted ballots; and more!
After initial numbers came in Tuesday night, the results weren’t unexpected. But the vote counting Wednesday allowed the reality of it to sink in — that city government has been altered drastically.
The timing of an audit looking into body camera usage by the Minneapolis Police Department has led to a skirmish involving the council, the mayor, the police chief — and a lot of election-year politics.