MN's Legacy Amendment - Phyllis Kahn - Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail


phyllis kahnSaturday, September 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN


Representative Phyllis Kahn shares the ups and downs of Minnesota's most recent constitutional amendment.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee, learn a lot, and have your questions ready.



Comprehensive, Affordable Insurance for Minnesota PDF Print E-mail

Manny Munson-RegalaSaturday, August 10
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map) Minnesota is designing its own Health Insurance Exchange called MNsure. MNsure will be a one-stop market place where Minnesotans can find and compare health plans and choose the one that fits their needs. The first years, individuals who are not covered under an employer’s plan and small businesses with up to 50 employees can use MNsure. Tax credits on a sliding scale based on income are available to individuals making $43,320 or less and a family of four making $88,200 or less.

Find out how MNsure will work from Manny Munson-Regala, Assistant to the MN Commissioner of Health for Health Care Reform, and the important considerations in its design. MNsure will open October 1.





Sen. Kari Dziedzic and Rep. Dianne Loeffler: Legislature 2013 in Review PDF Print E-mail

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Dianne Loeffler

Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis

Join us this Saturday for a review of the 2013 legislative session from two experienced lawmakers.  Was the highlight a new solar standard, unions for child care providers, or a balanced budget?





Mike Tikkanen, author of Invisible Children PDF Print E-mail

Join us this Saturday for a thoughtful conversation about how our institutions meant to serve children are contributing to child abuse.

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map)

mike tikkanenMike Tikkanen's business background and years as a volunteer county guardian ad-Litem make him a leading author and speaker for generating awareness, exposing facts that many are afraid, or unable to bring to the attention of the American public.  Working with abused and neglected children Mike speaks directly about the financial and physical disaster happening daily to children, schools, and neighborhoods because of poor public policy and the dysfunction of well- meaning people and institutions.

His conversations identify and address the critical issues facing America’s most vulnerable population and how our institutions are creating exactly what they were designed to stop. 
6 million children are reported to child protection in the U.S. each year impacting schools, health, crime, prisons and the health of our cities.

Breaking the cycle child abuse and a declining quality of life throughout the nation is directly related to how communities address services that make it possible for children to cope and go on to lead meaningful lives.  Blaming teachers for failed schools & social workers for babies in dumpsters is counterproductive.

Past presentations include the United Nations, Women’s Prison Warden Conference, Business Professional Women’s organization & CASA Reno.  Mike’s book and videos are available on the KARA website & his short speaking video can be seen here:

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Author INVISIBLE CHILDREN Expert Press 2005




Bike Transit in Minneapolis with the City's Bike Guy, Shaun Murphy PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.shaun murphy mpls biker

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map)

He doesn’t wear a helmet because he wants cycling perceived as safe and he’s the city’s leading advocate for making bicycling easier and safer.  Join us this month for a conversation with Shaun Murphy about what makes Minneapolis the #1 bike city in the country.

Read more about Shaun in this Star Tribune story.

As usual, invite anyone interested–free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can’t bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Youth Violence and Gun Control PDF Print E-mail

Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.sherman patterson

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN (map)

Sherman Patterson is Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Policy Aide for Public Safety and Civil Rights, and he’s coming to our Stone Arch discussion group this month to talk about challenges with youth violence and the city’s position on gun control.

As usual, invite anyone interested–free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can’t bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

March 2013 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

jeremy wielandThe snow is melting and while spring may not be in the air yet, local politics sure is.  Check out the Humphrey Institute’s mayoral debate and a wealth of podcasts in our web archive!


Jeremy Wieland
Think Again MN President

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A Debate of Leading DFL Candidates for Minneapolis Mayor

From the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Please register at:

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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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