Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

Advocates for children who have been victims of sex trafficking say the Legislature handed them an "incomplete and underfunded victory." (05/25/2013)
Richard Carlbom led Minnesotans United for All Families to two historic victories: the defeat of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last November, and the recent passage of the same-sex marriage bill. (05/22/2013)
Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, two Minneapolis men who first fought for marriage equality in the 1970s, have kept a low profile this week. But decades ago on TV, they predicted this moment would come. (05/16/2013)
Minnesota's law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect Aug. 1. On that day, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license in Minnesota. (05/14/2013)
Same sex-marriage, an issue that's dominated Minnesota politics for two years, may soon become a reality after a state House vote on Thursday. And as lawmakers debated the issue, thousands of people representing opposing views filled the Capitol rotunda, hoping to influence the historic moment. (05/10/2013)
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Minnesota House on Thursday. MPR News asked Minnesotans if they feel the state has engaged in enough of a conversation about marriage. We asked members of our Public Insight Network about their views on same-sex marriage and received more than 150 responses. Here is a sampling of their views. (05/07/2013)
A St. Paul City Council member is leaving the council to lead a state office. (05/06/2013)
Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium." (04/29/2013)
A bill awaiting final passage at the legislature would treat 16 and 17-year-olds who have been prostituted as victims rather than criminals. (04/22/2013)
As the state Legislature nears a vote on a controversial bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, a new book chronicles the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including some key characters and cases from Minnesota. (04/19/2013)
After six failed attempts, a bill that would require dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to obtain licenses could begin to move through the Legislature this year, thanks to the efforts of animal welfare advocates who contend it is far too easy for breeders to peddle animals online. (04/15/2013)
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall. (04/11/2013)
The number of Minnesotans with sexually transmitted diseases increased by 10 percent in 2012 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the state Health Department. (04/11/2013)
Ramsey County prosecutors have charged two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring that involved at least 10 victims over several years. (04/10/2013)
The Sherburne County sheriff has released the cause of death of a mother and two children found dead in their home in Zimmerman over the weekend. (04/02/2013)