St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul: Gays, Straights, Christians

Sep 16

St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul:  Gays, Straights, Christians

Virtually no notice has been given to the amazing fact that — after several years of ugly battles, controversial decisions, apologies and hostility — the University of St Thomas in St Paul has stopped brawling. In a remarkable address, new UST president Julie Sullivan, the first woman and first non-clergyman to head the school in its 128 years, signaled...

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Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

Nov 07

Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

(Note: This post is also being published by The Uptake at www.theuptake.org) Brilliant political maneuvers sometimes are too clever by half. That proved to be the case Tuesday with the election strategy of the Minnesota Republican Party, which suffered the biggest political thrashing Minnesota has seen in a generation. Not even the Gophers football team gets kicked...

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Has Minnesota’s Most Popular Democrat Failed to Use Her Clout?

Oct 09

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Has Minnesota’s Most Popular Democrat Failed to Use Her Clout?

Amy Klobuchar has been working hard to win the endorsement of Republican car dealers, like the ones featured in her campaign ad at the end of this post. But she hasn’t done so well impressing Minnesota progressives who are wondering why the state’s Senior U.S. Senator hasn’t been an outspoken opponent of the two heavy-handed Republican-forced...

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MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

May 12

MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

The Morals Police have taken control of the Minnesota State Capitol, fooling the public by pretending to focus on jobs and taxes while serving a radical right-wing social agenda aimed at turning back the clock to 1972. Gay rights, human rights, procreation rights — whatever it is, they’re against it. On Wednesday, all 37 Republicans in the State Senate...

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From the Vault: Doochsbags

Apr 16

From the Vault: Doochsbags

  (This item was first posted Feb. 17, 2011, and is re-published as part of a series of older posts and columns). My ex-newspaper, the StarTribune, has begun, after years of sticking its head in the sand,  to “moderate” or approve reader comments before permitting them to be posted on the Strib web site. Finally, the doochsbags say they will do...

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