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Midland Funding Settles With Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

December 12, 2012

The Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has settled its lawsuit against debt buyer Midland Funding LLC. Read more…

Minnesota’s Lesser Known Election Laws

November 5, 2012
Finally, the election is almost here. I’ve been brushing up on voting laws and serving as a volunteer election attorney these past several days, and I wanted to share some of the lesser known laws to keep in mind tomorrow. And yes, this is my last blog post about voting in 2012. Read more…

Why I Voted No On Amendment 2 (Voter Restriction)

November 4, 2012

As noted in my previous post, I voted absentee (in-person) for the first time ever*, and was excited to vote no on both amendments on Minnesota’s ballot this year. Much has been written by both sides on both issues the past several months. Here are my thoughts on the second amendment (and again, I’ve tried to keep the legalese to a minimum). Read more…

Why I Voted No On Amendment 1 (Marriage Discrimination)

November 4, 2012

I voted absentee (in-person) for the first time ever*, and was excited to vote no on both amendments on Minnesota’s ballot this year. Much has been written by both sides on both issues the past several months. Here are my thoughts on the first amendment (I’ve tried to keep the legalese to a minimum). Read more…

UPDATED: Do’s and Don’ts for Disaster Donations

October 30, 2012

Rehoboth Beach, DE during Hurricane Sandy (c) Virginia Hart

Disasters pull at your heart-strings (if they don’t, you probably don’t have a pulse). The urge to “do something” can be quite strong when you see endless video footage of despair and destruction. As a former American Red Cross public affairs employee and disaster volunteer, I’ve raised money and awareness in response to disasters, and responded directly to local house and apartment fires. After Hurricane Katrina, I took almost a month off from law school to volunteer in the Mississippi Gulf Coast doing disaster public affairs. Later that school year, I spent spring break with other law students volunteering at legal aid organizations in New Orleans. Here are my tips and traps for disaster donations, based on my experience and observations. Read more…

National Voter Registration Day: Pre-Registration Ends Oct. 16th

September 25, 2012

(c) mnvotes.org

On National Voter Registration Day, I’m reminded how much every vote counts. In Minnesota, we’re not just electing candidates for national, state and local offices, we’re deciding whether to add two amendments to our Constitution. I will write more about the amendments later, but first, you must be registered to vote! Read more…

Primary Elections Are Important, Too

August 14, 2012

I voted in today’s primary election. It was easy to do my civic duty, thanks to the Internet. No, I couldn’t vote online, but last night I found my polling location and list of candidates on the Ramsey County Elections website. Then I Googled the candidates’ names to find their websites and news articles about them, so I could make a relatively informed choice. This morning I walked to my polling location, less than a mile from my house, and cast my votes. I put my ballot in that fancy ballot-counting machine, got my I Voted sticker, and walked back home.

Voter turnout is incredibly low for primary elections (I was the only voter in the school gymnasium at the time), but I feel like I don’t really have any business complaining about our choice of elected officials if I’m not willing to participate in the process that decides which candidates make it on the final ballot. We’re not just picking federal and state legislative candidates today, we’re picking judicial candidates. Yep, we vote for judges, too. The top two candidates for the two Minnesota Supreme Court seats on the ballot will go head-to-head in November. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea is facing off against Dan Griffith and Jill Clark, while Associate Justice David Stras is up against Alan Nelson and Tim Tingelstad.

Click here to find your polling location and sample ballot.

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