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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 threat to what should be a smooth re-election. This lack of electoral competition presents a …

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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 and (c) what the City Council decided. Neighborhood residents are up in arms. Mayor Melvin …

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In St. Paul, taxes rise and rise and rise. Can we talk more about this?

Late last month, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposed a supplemental budget in addition to the one he proposed in August, and the City Council must finalize the tax levy before Dec. 31. Do the mayor and City Council view the maximum levy of 22% as extra cash with which to pay for additional projects …

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US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program meets with Saint Paul STRONG

The U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Minnesota recently had a group of six visitors from around the world that were interested in speaking with Saint Paul Strong to learn more about the development of the organization and how Saint Paul STRONG supports nonpartisan community organizing and an open and representative government.  Members …

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Letters to the Editor: Why single out that candidate?

We couldn’t agree more that candidates need to “listen, explain and engage” with the residents, as Tane Danger wrote on Wednesday’s opinion page.  I do wonder why he singled out Patty Hartmann in the Ward 3 City Council race as not being available for a candidate forum.  That is far from the only time that has happened …

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Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?

Some people think St. Paul’s current organized trash collection system stinks. No matter where you side on that issue, I think we can all agree that the legal missteps the City made in moving forward with that system were particularly foul. Simple analysis in 2017 should have led officials to understand that a referendum could …

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Let’s know more before we let St. Paul levy more fines

St. Paul’s City Charter is the city’s version of its constitution. It should not be easy to change. Yet, without much if any public awareness, input or debate, our City Council is on the verge of adopting an ordinance to amend the City Charter to give the Council broad power and authority to impose civil …

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