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Pew Trusts: #MeToo in the Statehouse; at least 16 men are gone, but the harassment culture isn’t

By Jen Fifield Pew Trusts In March, former Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish made a surprise visit to the state Capitol, where he attended committee hearings and talked to former colleagues. His presence was enough to put at least a few women on edge. Sarah Walker, a lobbyist, said she heeded texted warnings to avoid certain areas of the building. State Rep. Erin Maye Quade said she made a point of...

Richard Nelson: Despite drama, 2018 legislative session was a successful production in many ways

The 2018 General Assembly was incredibly productive and even took positive steps to shore up the state pension system, but incessant negative news reports by major media outlets implying Republicans were sticking it to protesting teachers and unfortunate comments by our Governor left many with another impression. It’s funny how high drama and a few entertaining if not painful moments receive...

Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians are dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...