Good Question: Why Do We Vote For Judges In Minn.?When you voted Tuesday, you probably noticed a lot of judges on the ballot. This puzzled Kirk from Oak Park Heights because he knows the governor also appoints them. On Washington County's sample ballot, there were 28 judge seats. Twenty-four were unopposed.
Good Question 'Reply All': Red, Judge Robes & Gray HairAmerti asked: Why do we associate red with romance? For centuries, red has meant danger, strength, courage and love. It's always been considered a powerful color that stands out to represent things that are powerful to people. Carol Bruess, professor of family studies at the University of St. Thomas, says it all probably comes down to what's in our veins. "The heart is the organ that pumps 'red' blood through our life system, the body," Bruess said.
How Will Counties Handle Marriage Licenses Come Aug. 1?The new law means many same-sex couples can now tie the knot, but there are a lot of questions about how exactly that will work. Charlie Rounds and Mark Heimenz of St. Louis Park, Minn., are still having a hard time believing they'll be able to get married.
Minn. Legislature Juggles Budget BillsMinnesota's House and Senate are busy passing a series of bills funding state agencies as lawmakers set the stage for end-of-session budget talks.
High School Students To Volunteer At Polling PlacesSt. Paul High School students are helping out with the election on Tuesday. Students from Johnson High will be serving as election judges.
Appeals Court Restores MN Judicial Election RulesA deeply split federal appeals court restored Minnesota's restrictions on fundraising and endorsements by judicial candidates on Tuesday, reversing an earlier decision that held the state's rules unconstitutional on free-speech grounds.
Minnesota Judges, Staff Serve Lunch At Dorothy DayJudges from the state's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals -- along with law clerks and court staff -- are serving lunch Friday at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.
Good Question: Why Vote For Judges And Sheriffs?When hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans came out to vote on Election Day, most were motivated by the Governor's race or a race for U.S. Representative. Few were motivated by their county's Soil and Water Commission race. Or the Court of Appeals. So why do we have to vote for races that most of us know nothing about?