Sasha Aslanian Feature Archive

New Minnesota campaign finance reports show that spending on the fight over an unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage topped $18 million last year (02/01/2013)
Much of the debate over immigration in the United States focuses on the southern border with Mexico. For people in the United States, the story might appear to start there. But for migrants from Central America, the U.S. border comes after a long, often harrowing, traverse of Mexico. (02/01/2013)
Local groups that support changing the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for those here illegally, will gather at the state Capitol Wednesday. (01/30/2013)
A variety of people -- a doctor, an insurance agent, the course designer and a mother -- told us their opinions on ice cross downhill racing, the sport featured in the second annual Crashed Ice event this weekend in St. Paul. (01/24/2013)
Women are a growing market for gun sales in this country, but a gender gap persists when it comes to their attitudes about gun control. Polls show women are more likely to favor certain gun restrictions. Last month's mass shooting in Connecticut has sparked a nationwide discussion about how to reduce gun violence. (01/18/2013)
Minnesota's David Soto is one of more than 350,000 young people in the country illegally who've won a temporary reprieve from deportation because they came over as children, are educated and have clean records. (01/14/2013)
The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking. (01/08/2013)
The hard-fought battle over same-sex marriage that dominated Minnesota politics last year is likely to continue during the legislative session that begins today. With the defeat of the marriage amendment and the Republican majorities that sponsored it, DFLers who favor marriage rights for same-sex couples see their opening. But opponents say the amendment's does not necessarily mean support for same-sex marriage. (01/08/2013)
Federal investigators used vacation photos to crack a child pornography case in Minnesota, which led to the arrest of an Illinois woman who's now serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison. (01/03/2013)
St. Paul's Planning Commission Friday signed off on a demolition plan for the site of the Ford plant. (12/28/2012)
Long before the Internet, Jam Line was a jarring cacophony of sounds and voices. Young teens met up with strangers. Parents were clueless about how their kids spent time behind closed doors. Most people lied about their ages. (12/26/2012)
In 2011, China banned Minnesota poultry due to an outbreak of avian flu in two flocks in Wright County. (12/24/2012)
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released numbers Friday reporting a record number of people deported from the U.S. in 2012. However, numbers dropped slightly for the region that includes Minnesota. (12/21/2012)
Minnesota Appeals Court rules that the state's attempt to pay personal care attendants who care for relatives 20 percent less than other PCAs is unconstitutional. (12/17/2012)
More than a month after Minnesota became the first state to defeat a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, some Catholics say it's time to acknowledge the division it caused, so parishes can begin to heal. Catholic Bishops put significant financial and spiritual resources behind the amendment, alienating some parishioners. The biggest cost may be Catholics who walked away from the church and haven't returned. (12/14/2012)