New Mpls. City Council: Energetic political neophytes bring their own passions

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2013 - 11:50 AM

A passionate, diverse group of seven new members will be sworn in on Jan. 6, joining new Mayor Betsy Hodges in a big political makeover.

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Wally_99Dec. 28, 1310:16 PM

No surprises here. Just a new bunch of old-school socialists.

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pmarc078Dec. 28, 1310:44 PM

Hopefully a little less corrupt than the last council.....

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minn12Dec. 28, 1310:45 PM

Diverse? Hardly. Pretty much all liberals.

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johnmplsDec. 28, 1311:55 PM

Maybe I'd feel better if instead of looking like they just won the lottery, they had some sense of working for the advancement of the people of Minneapolis. Meaning instead of throwing money at progressive programs and increasing people's dependancy on their handouts, they actually held people accountable for their own education, their own families, their own abilities to find work. But then if they were going to do difficult things like this, they wouldn't look like a yearbook picture of a middle-school student council.

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GuanyinDec. 29, 13 5:24 AM

A well-written nuanced article, the likes of which journalism needs.

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minneg56Dec. 29, 13 7:06 AM

There are references to pandering to big business- now a reference to special groups ehtnic/of color. What about a city council which accommodates ALL the people - regardless of ethnicity? People of all shapes, sizes, ethnicity who pay propery taxes in this city? Obviousy we won't need new stadia anytime soon -two new ones have en ram rodded down the residents' throats over the past 6-7 years - without a itzen vote. So how 'bout let's go back to the basics in this town? 1. Potholes. I mades 9 calls to my alderman's office last spring to get a Lake Superior sized pothole addressed in front of my home - only to get a flourescnt orange street cone planted in the middle of it 'til public works could get around to it. 2. An educational system stressing the most valuable skills to get on in American society - English, Math Science and an inroduction to the Arts. 3. Consolodating the overlap and doubling and tripling up of city servics to actually save taxpayers money. This council has quite a bit of work to do. My guess? Their terms will expire before they actually accomplish anything.

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schlag611Dec. 29, 13 7:43 AM

1. Where was Abdi in the team picture? Not a great start...for him or the team. 2. This story highlights the problem of strategic leadership missing on councils and boards like these. It would have been very refreshing to hear one of these folks say, "You know....I think we need to pause and really examine where we are at and compare our current reality with where we want to go, then work with folks to get differing viewpoints on how to get there, then we can do what is in the best interest of those we serve." Instead, we are going to get more of the same, progressive ideas that are all intertwined, leaping from the experiences and passions of a select group of people who all come from the same political machine in Minneapolis. As a lifelong Mpls. resident I have seen this cycle many times....and like one commenter said, there is hardly diversity in this group. I have little hope that their agenda and process will be any different than the previous regime's.

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iceman3Dec. 29, 13 9:14 AM

Heard Cano interviewed. She swung between People's republic of Mps, to anarchy. Suggested "undermining federal laws which are outdated" really. City council goal is to undermine Federal Law? And Frey was extolling the virtues of hi density, vs. living "somwhere outside of the city, in the country with no diversity. Went on to dis rural life. Not a great start for the extreme liberal wing.

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select1wDec. 29, 13 9:16 AM

Looks like a class reunion of political activists whose candidate just won. Will the baby be attending all city council meetings?

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SnippetDec. 29, 13 9:32 AM

>>> Diverse? Hardly. Pretty much all liberals. <<< The only diversity these folks care about is, quite literally, skin-deep.

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