Election Day

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Cynicism, Anger, Optimism in Play on Election Day

Voting in Oxford

There is hope mixed with cynicism and anger vying with optimism as Americans cast ballots across the country. Seventy-one-year-old Jim Brinley gave voice to the discontent of many Americans from a polling place in Louisville, Kentucky — fittingly casting his ballot at Our Mother of Sorrows church. “I’d like for us to get back to government as it should be — small, listen to the people, let the people decide, let the states decide,” said Brimley, who favored Republican candidates. Michael Laughlin, a self-described radical moderate, had his say from a polling place in Denver, where the psychotherapist held out hope that Democrats would be able to keep control of the Senate but fretted about whether ordinary people are being heard anymore. “My biggest hope is that we don’t do more damage than we’ve already done,” Laughlin said. Continue Reading →

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America’s Black First Family symbolizes rise of African culture

Hotep (Be at peace, be at rest, be free)

In this the second in a three-part series, I want to share another core idea: “SIA” an ancient African teaching that I have had the great honor of having verified in travels to the elders in Africa and in the 20 years of study in the International Khepran Institute. In both classrooms, I was able to verify that this idea is preserved through the trials and the awful terror of our existence in this country. The “SIA” refers to the intelligence of the heart. Cerebral intelligence depends upon the senses, the recordings of observed facts, and the comparison of these facts and ideas of the mind. The first four senses — touch, taste, smell and sight — pass through the brain; the fifth sense, hearing, passes through the heart without speaking directly to the brain. Continue Reading →

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Election judges keep polling places operating smoothly

Be sure your vote counts by coming to the polls prepared
By Vickie Evans-Nash


Serving as an election judge and helping voters navigate through the voting process is an invaluable contribution to our democratic process. Stephani Booker, who has been an election judge for over a decade, explains what it takes to become an election judge and how to show up prepared next week at the polls. She became a judge by first responding to information in her City of Minneapolis water utility bill. Among several pieces of junk mail was an insert with a number to call for more information. According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, in order to be an election judge:

• You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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Why voting matters

MSR asked local and national figures the importance participating in electoral process


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


November 6 is Election Day in the United States. The MSR has published a series of stories and articles to fully inform you, the reader, on the issues and choices at stake in next week’s general election. This week, the following individuals answer the question: Why does voting this year matter?  












Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: “Don’t go after the election [and] sit around moping and bemoaning your outcast state… Get off the couch and out of the beauty shop and the barber shop and go vote.”













Record executive Amir Windom: “I’m 27 years old, and I think our generation as a whole have not been as interested in understanding what people went through to get us the right to vote. Even if you don’t care, you should exercise your right.”


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Congressional candidates’ radio debate ends in name-calling

Fifth-District rivals differ on debating vs. door-knocking

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


With two weeks remaining before Election Day, have the voters in the Fifth District congressional campaign received enough information from the two main candidates to make an informed choice? In addition to many other disagreements, the two candidates do not agree on this either. An October 18 debate aired on KFAI Radio between three-term Democrat incumbent Keith Ellison and Republican challenger Chris Fields, which station staff described as “a spirited and feisty” exchange, turned about halfway through into a brief name-calling exchange between the two men. “I acted beneath my personal standard as a public official, and I apologize,” said Congressman Ellison in a subsequent released statement. Continue Reading →

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Most ‘real Americans’ don’t vote on election day



I saw a yard sign in South Minneapolis. It said “Real Americans Vote.”

No, this is incorrect. Most real Americans do not vote. Most Native Americans stay home on Election Day, and they are the “real Americans.”

When I tell people that I have not voted in over five years, and that I’m proud of it, they are disgusted and shocked. But if I was not a middle-aged White guy, but a Native man, they of course would be much more respectful and understanding of my desire to not participate. Continue Reading →

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