Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

New census data showing the number of households occupied by same-sex couples rose by 50 percent in Minnesota over the last decade could have lasting effects as the state heads toward a constitutional vote on same-sex marriage in next year's election. (07/14/2011)
Services to inmates are being curtailed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, prompted by the state government shutdown. (07/11/2011)
Affording child care continues to be a concern for the 26,000 subsidized families who are cut off during the state government shutdown, now in its seventh day. A judge could rule to continue distributing funds toward child care. (07/07/2011)
On this first day of a government shutdown, most state agencies are operating with only essential staff — the lone exception being the state Department of Agriculture. (07/01/2011)
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board made a decision Thursday that's likely to have big implications in the battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage. The board ruled that corporations that spend money trying to influence the way people vote on constitutional amendments must disclose the names of large donors. (06/30/2011)
Many people are in a last-minute flurry to take care of government business: renewing their driver's licenses, getting permits, even buying lottery tickets before non-essential services go dark at midnight Thursday. (06/30/2011)
A government shutdown could be costly for low-income parents that receive child care subsidies, and centers that rely on full enrollment to stay afloat. (06/23/2011)
City and county officials in Minnesota say the pending state government shutdown could cause serious cash problems for them and already is making it hard to plan their budgets for the coming year. (06/17/2011)
A new report on Minnesota's middle class highlights concerns for young workers. (06/15/2011)
The state Campaign Finance board has delayed a vote on whether corporations that contribute to ballot measure campaigns have to disclose large individual donors. (06/14/2011)
As fundraising begins to gear up for a 2012 constitutional amendment defining marriage, the state Campaign Finance Board holds a hearing Tuesday to decide what information about large donors must be made public. (06/13/2011)
A struggling St. Paul elementary school that was once a beacon of racial integration and academic achievement hopes to re-invent itself again, this time taking a page from a successful Afrocentric charter school in north Minneapolis. (06/13/2011)
Webster Elementary became the state's first magnet school in 1976, and 600 white children voluntarily bused in for enrichment programs that remained popular through the 1990s. (06/13/2011)
The FBI is still trying to confirm the identity of a Somali man said to be from Minnesota who died in an attack on African Union troops Monday in Mogadishu. The rebel group al-Shabab, considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government, said the bomber was from Minnesota. (06/03/2011)
Minneapolis police say burglaries jumped in the week following the tornado that hit the north side of the city, but overall, crime went down last week. (05/31/2011)