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100 Women in Congress - And Still No Adequate Voice

By Suzanne Merkelson

“It’s the year of women!” “Women’s votes will decide this election.” Such declarations are fairly common in the lead-up to election day, but say little about the actual representation of women in the House and the Senate. The female voting bloc might be becoming more powerful, b… More

Who Pays More? Who Pays Less?

by Robert J. Birgeneau

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week  the Regents [of the University of California] are scheduled to have a critical vote on President Janet Napolitano's proposed five year budget plan which includes, in the absence of significant increases in state funding, 5% annual increases … More

The Case for a Child Protection Czar

Like Los Angeles County, Minnesota will need someone with wide authority and overview.

On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Task Force on the Protection of Children met for the fourth time. While the issues the group is trying to tackle may seem grown in the Midwest, they have strong parallels with what is going on all the way out in Los Angeles County. By looking west to L.A.’s current c… More

Does Race Influence Child Protection Efforts in Minnesota?

There are reasons to believe it’s so in Minnesota.

Is Minnesota’s desire to keep black and American Indian children out of foster care actually putting them in increased danger? Just last week, a task force convened by Gov. Mark Dayton to tackle problems in the state’s child protection system met for the first time. The executive order creat… More