Recent content from Lori Sturdevant
Recent trends toward partisan allegiance work against good government. Thankfully, some ticket-splitters remain with us.
When word came that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, one name popped out of my mental source file: retired Minnesota Supreme Court…
NONFICTION: A former legislator shares the compelling story of her son's schizophrenia.
Yet the Republican-led state Senate isn't taking the threat seriously.
Even if unprecedented numbers stay home while doing it.
The failure to pass the bonding bill is painful.
The demography of our city and state, and how it's changed, can bring some insight to the big question many of us are asking.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual way of rebalancing budgets will put our colleges and universities at risk.
It's up to legislators to tap the federal funding, update certain rules and bring clarity.
The change we've been forced to make is likely to stick to some degree. And that has implications for Minnesota road funding.
Minnesota is not done figuring out how to do things best in total.
State Rep. Alice Hausman will be found leading the charge.
Federal funding and a congressional seat are in the balance for the state.
The way forward? Defend legal gains, but above all discuss, says a Minnesota civil-rights activist.
Every half-century or so, the quest to protect women's rights inches ahead.
Others can analyze the politics. I worry about the future of checks and balances.
This state's voters long have supported third parties, but there's too much at risk in 2020.
When a Farmers Union president speaks …
Things aren't as rough as they were, but the state-local partnership needs a tuneup.
It's a good way to lose elections, based on the evidence from, say, western Minnesota.
Politics was once a means to an end. Now it's just the end.
The state's MFIP program is overdue for a boost, and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan can attest to both its value and its worthiness.
That's the task before MnDOT's new leader, Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Who is suited to it.
Amy Klobuchar is the type of candidate who might benefit from this voting method, and its use could be more than just a pipe dream.
The push for a nonpartisan panel to draw political maps is needed now, before the new census breeds temptation, they argue.
How to hold onto Minnesota exceptionalism? Look to the immigrants who built, and are still building, a future here
Look to the immigrants who built — and are still building — a future here.
Let's check in with two new legislative committee leaders about the challenges they'll face.
It's climate change. Time is short, and the White House isn't doing the job. What can a state do? Plenty.
And so do two leading voices on the subject who are in town. (Ranked-choice voting, anyone?)
Exempting Social Security from taxes now would take an ever-bigger bite from state treasury.
So perhaps U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tom Emmer have something to show us.
The style that's won Klobuchar so much Minnesota support can transfer — and is beginning to.
That's a mission that events at the end of this campaign season have necessitated.
With low jobless rate, rising incomes, pols have a window to address tough issues.
But there's a way out. It entails building relationships — for real, not for the sake of saying so.
Who are you going to believe about climate change — 91 scientists from 40 countries who draw conclusions from more than 6,000 scientific studies, or…
How far apart are men and women? Watch midterm elections for a sign.
Immigration and Minnesota: Better together.
Do would-be governors know the tools to solve a skilled-worker shortage?
Here's what you really ought to know about the candidate.
He stresses campaign finance reform in his bid to unseat Rep. Erik Paulsen, even as national party pols resist that tack.
Humphrey biography highlights importance of acting on one's principles.
He's been remarkably consistent about his policy priorities. The basics don't change, he says.
Minnesota has changed over 12 years, and the primaries showed it.
In that context, a former ag commissioner is backing Erin Murphy for governor.
Otherwise, there's very little talk about this topic.
Witness Rick Nolan's troubles. Witness resentment over Al Franken's departure.
Sheldon Johnson wants to get the word out about his insidious nemesis: Lyme disease.
It has plenty of political history — and this year is a prime political crucible.
With changes at the U.S. Supreme Court, those elected in our state this November may face a decision as soon as 2020.
For this state, it's a workforce issue. We need light, not heat.
What to make of DFL's several wide-open races.
A sense that partisanship is now so extreme that it poses a risk to the republic may have spurred turnout.
On legislative effectiveness, the rural-urban divide and much more.
The vote did not seem to be about the good of the university.
Public higher education must not be neglected.
On its size, influences, vacancies, constitutional obligations and more.
It embodies many political and social trends and worries. A look at some numbers:
Longtime legislator Paul Thissen, on his way to the state Supreme Court, had some thoughts about this.
Governor's race has strong field, but how many know that?
This might have been a quieter year for this topic than it's turned out to be.
Whether the old generation is ready to receive them is another question.
A fair summation of proposed Medicaid work requirement: First, do harm.
Following federal reform, Minnesota's concerns are business-friendliness and equity to all income levels.
Is this time really different? At the Capitol, signs of hope.
A good test of whether voters like their congressional candidates legislatively seasoned will come in Minnesota's First District this year.
Tim Pawlenty seems to have an itch for it. But Rudy Perpich provides the model.
Our success is a regional story — at risk of an unhappy ending.
#MeToo brings a lineup of special-election hopefuls.
That's where innovation is most likely, bringing federalism full circle.
For starters, the state's shortage isn't in jobs but in workers.
She can't afford to alienate Franken's supporters but will be expected to lead on women's issues.
The Minnesota senator's fall is confirmation that the culture has shifted toward respect and dignity.
Franken news is just one of the big things going on.
They still have work to do together.