First Step Act draws mixed reviews among Minnesota justice observers

A longtime battle in Minnesota to overhaul criminal sentencing laws is getting a new boost now that President Donald Trump and a broad coalition of congressional members are looking to make significant changes to the nation’s justice system. The First Step Act would revamp much-criticized federal policies of the 1980s and ’90s that ballooned the

The 2018 Election: A Blue Wave With a Harsh Red Undertow

[…] Progress at the state and local level got less attention in early returns, but this is where the growing thrust of progressive energy is its strongest. Take Action Minnesota not only helped elect Ilhan Omar to the House and Keith Ellison as the state’s attorney general, it also helped Angela Conley become the first

Harassment allegations against ex-Nolan staffer surface in governor’s race

Several liberal groups are calling on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, to leave the governor’s race after reports of sexual harassment allegations about an ex-staffer in his office. The allegations, reported in MinnPost on Thursday, center around former staffer Jim Swiderski, who several women said grabbed and harassed them in Nolan’s office

Swanson Refuses To Kick Nolan Off Gubernatorial Ticket

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — DFL gubernatorial candidate Lori Swanson breaks her silence amidst controversy surrounding her running mate. In an anonymously-sourced article, MinnPost criticized how Congressman Rick Nolan handled a staffer accused of sexual harassment. In response, groups called for Swanson to address it and for her to drop Nolan. “This is not a confusing moment, the choice

Dayton, consumer advocates blast Minnesota HMO for $120 million transfer

“They are funneling money from Minnesota to Wisconsin at the same time they were going to the Legislature saying we need money for reinsurance to keep premiums down,” said Kenza Hadj-Moussa, communications director for TakeAction Minnesota, which opposed the legislative changes that allowed for the transfer.

Activist candidates shake up Minneapolis City Council races

Advocacy groups expect candidates who are elected to stay in touch with their activist roots.

“It’s not just about going into elected office and making decisions on your own, but working with the community to create the agenda, to work through problems and to really be in it together,” said Kenza Hadj-Moussa of TakeAction Minnesota.