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Which Mayoral Candidates are Committed to Transparent Government?

Saint Paul StrongSeptember 25, 20216 min read
Which Mayoral Candidates are Committed to Transparent Government?

Every election year, we ask all the candidates whether they support our six principles for transparent, accountable local government. Leaders that embrace these six principles – safety, trust, responsible, open, neighborhoods, and generations – are likely to govern in an…

What should elections look like in a one-party town?

This November, St. Paul will vote on who will lead the Capitol City for the next 4-years.  Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to challenge incumbent Mayor Carter, all political outsiders who are not expected to present any…

Politics trumps proper process in St. Paul

St. Paul has a strong mayor system of governance. But in a high-handed fashion the current mayor has decided, perhaps illegally, that his future campaign is more important than (a) what the law says, (b) what his Planning Commission recommended…

Good Intentions no substitute for Authentic engagement East Side Pig’s Eye improvement plans

Good Intentions no substitute for Authentic engagement East Side Pig’s Eye improvement plans

This article was first published in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, January 31st 2021. The published version of this article and reader comments are available on the Pioneer Press’s website. View on TwinCities.com (Pioneer Press) The Army Corps of Engineers,…

City cuts sweetheart deal with Madison Equities for Downtown real estate.

Saint Paul StrongNovember 8, 20203 min read

A disused plaza at 375 N. Robert St. had a taxable value of $326,400. It was privately offered to developer Madison Equities for just $2,500. On June 5, 2018, John Mannillo, commercial real estate developer and chair of Saint Paul…

Saint Paul City Council Shows Leadership with 4-3 Vote to Explore Sales Tax Increase

Leadership requires tough conversations and sometimes taking unpopular votes such as when the City Council voted 4-3 in early February to explore a possible 1% sales tax increase.  The money generated from this increase might be earmarked to pay for…