Politics

Carlos Conway supports Ron Paul for president in 2012.

Ron Paul supporter: Radically smaller government with libertarian social views

Carlos Conway looks like a regular guy: Dark hair, brown eyes, plaid shirt. But when it comes to politics, he’s a radical.

Milate Tibebe’s parents got her involved in politics at a young age.

Obama supporter: Learning early to get involved

Fleeing from persecution, the parents of Melate Tibebe, 19, taught her from childhood to appreciate being a native U.S. citizen, including the importance of being politically active. This summer, she’s working for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendmen

Faith and justice: A Catholic family struggles with the marriage amendment

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendment.

Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey

Gay marriage as a matter of fairness

For Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey, gaining the right to marry is simply a matter of fairness.

Aakib Khaled, 23, Edina, is a business analyst.

Young Minnesotans urge attention for international concerns

As the 2012 presidential race intensifies, the candidates are battling primarily over domestic concerns. But many Americans, especially younger ones, are anxious to hear more discussion of global issues.

Nik Johnson

Disappointed and anxious, young voters unlikely to show up in record numbers this fall

Frustrated by a weak job market and high college costs, many young voters are less excited about this year’s presidential election than they were in 2008.

What do you think is the most important issue in the 2012 election?

Who has the most influence in getting 18-30 year-olds to vote?

Give me some credit

Once teens turn 18, they can vote, gamble and live on their own. But teens are not allowed to have credit cards without parental approval until they reach 21.

Some teens are ticked off that they still need mom and dad to give them access to credit. One is 17-year -old Jonah Rood of St. Louis Park.

Help us paint a digital portrait of MN teens

Teens are more than possible risk factors and test scores. In an effort to create a well-rounded picture of Minnesota teens today – what they think about, hope for, and how they communicate – ThreeSixty Journalism and the Minnesota Historical Society are calling teens to fill out an online survey.

Has Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality come true?

Illustration by Ruby Thompson of Avalon School

Big changes come to schools due to lack of funds, test score gaps

Last spring, ThreeSixty’s spring News Team class tackled a huge project — investigating the changes starting this year in the Saint Paul Public School district due to loses of funding and persistent test score gaps between races.

Protestors renamed the government plaza the People's Plaza

Hundreds protest Wall Street, poor economy in downtown Minneapolis

Hundreds of people gathered this week in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate against Wall Street and the economy in an ongoing and evolving protest.

Rebecca Peltzer-Miller, Central High School

Staying on the same page

Superintendent Valeria Silva thinks when parents walk into any St. Paul Public School, it should be like walking into a Target store.

“Wherever you go in any part (of Target), you’re going to know that there are standards. You see your ads on the wall … the manager’s picture … so you have a set of expectations,” Silva said.

Critics worry change to neighborhood schools could lessen diversity

In St. Paul Central High School’s cafeteria, it’s easy to see how diverse the school is. Just listening in on students’ conversations, you can hear just about every language being spoken from Somali to Spanish to Hmong.

Alexcia Jellum of St. Paul Central Senior High School

Can limiting choices make better schools?

If you are an eighth grader at Murray Junior High in St. Paul and you are planning on going to Central Senior High, things may not go according to your plan. Change is coming to the St. Paul public school system over the next three years.

Local teen with concussions helps create state law

Kayla Meyer was inspired to testify before the Minnesota Legislature last spring and helped get a law passed that requires youth sports coaches to bench players suspected of having a concussion until they are cleared to play again by a medical professional.

Do you think pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s body should be released?

Do you think the law on owning guns should be changed to prevent events like the shooting in Tucson, AZ from happening?

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