Walz said he now believes that much of the violence is being fanned by well-organized groups trained in urban warfare, while his public safety commissioner says there’s evidence that right-wing extremists and white supremacists have organized efforts to foster unrest.
“This is not going to be an easy journey,” the Minnesota governor said at a Friday morning news conference. “But the one thing we have to assure is that civil order is maintained so those changes we want to see” can happen. “None of us want to live in a society where roving bands go unchecked and do what they want to do, to ruin property.”
“It’s a big deal,” said Amy Brendmoen, St. Paul City Council president. “We’re bracing for it both in 2020, with a revision of what we imagined this year was going to look like, and also looking down the pike at 2021 … with a different landscape and different ability to generate revenue.”
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.
Supporters of keeping the city-organized system in place won in six of seven St. Paul wards.
On Tuesday, St. Paul voters favored the city’s coordinated trash system by nearly a 2-to-1 margin while also re-electing five City Council incumbents.
Every incumbent on the council is being challenged by at least one “Vote No” candidate, many of whom feel the trash-collection controversy reveals the need for fresh blood at City Hall.
A look at what’s at the upcoming ballot measure; what a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would mean, and why garbage pickup is so controversial in the Capital City.
Both incumbents seeking re-election, Zuki Ellis and Steve Marchese, along with challenger Chauntyll Allen, have secured endorsements from the DFL Party and local teachers union.
A tale of two city budgets played out on Thursday, as Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter announced their list of funding priorities back to back.
Groundbreaking for a new Wakan Tipi Center, a gathering space to educate visitors about the history of the area, is set for this fall.
The program will rely on neighbors volunteering to work through cases, and their job isn’t to decide guilt or innocence but to humanize the criminal justice process.
After getting kicked out of college due to drinking, Vachon found work with the Farm Security Administration.
“We were telling stories from folks within the community and trying to figure out that balance of how do you honor someone’s story and interpret it in a way that is both public art and performance,” said poet Sagirah Shahid.
The speech added to a growing list of goals for St. Paul from Carter around criminal justice, many of which prioritize investments in schools, parks, libraries and housing over that of policing.