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R.T. Rybak
R.T. Rybak

Raymond Thomas Rybak, Jr. (born December 11, 1955), who is universally known as R.T. Rybak, is the current mayor of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Rybak's election in 2001 was a shock to many political observers, as he defeated Sharon Sayles Belton, the first African-American and first female mayor of the city, without the help of campaign consultants or a vast war chest of funding. To win, Rybak ran an energetic and highly populist campaign, listening intently to the concerns of residents while he brought his message door-to-door. In the 2001 election, he won 65% of the vote to Belton's 35%—the widest margin in city history for a challenge to an incumbent. He took office in January 2002, and was elected to a second term in November 2005. Download high resolution version (797x991, 48 KB)R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Download high resolution version (797x991, 48 KB)R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Downtown Minneapolis as viewed from the Stone Arch Bridge Motto: En Avant (French: forward) Nickname: City of Lakes location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Founded 1850s Incorporated 1867 County Hennepin County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor R.T. Rybak (DFL) Area  - Total  - Water 142. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Sharon Sayles Belton (born May 13, 1951) is an American politician who was the first African-American mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the first female mayor of the city. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or black), is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... A consultant (from the latin consultus meaning legal expert) is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular domain or area of expertise such as accountancy, technology, the law, human resources, marketing, medicine, finance, public affairs, communication, or more esoteric areas of knowledge, for example engineering of different kinds... Populism is a political philosophy or rhetorical style that holds that the common persons interests are oppressed or hindered by the elite in society, and that the instruments of the state need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and used for the benefit and advancement of the... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for January, 2002. ... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Al Jazeera bombing memo • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Black sites scandal • Conservative leadership race (UK) • Fuel prices • Irans nuclear program • Jilin chemical plant explosions • Kashmir earthquake • Malawi food crisis • Malaysian prisoner abuse scandal • New Delhi bombings investigation • Niger food crisis • North Indian cyclone...

Rybak grew up in Minneapolis. He has said that he first became interested in becoming mayor at the age of 13. However, he took a non-traditional route into politics, spending many years as a journalist. He worked for the Minneapolis Tribune in the 1970s and '80s, then went on to run the Twin Cities Reader, which was sold off and shut down in 1997. He headed Internet Broadcasting Systems for a few years before striking out on his own. That company, which started as an online division of Minneapolis television station WCCO, runs websites for many stations across the United States. Following his job there, he went on to do consulting work as an Internet strategist, and also assisted on some projects with Minnesota Public Radio and Public Radio International. Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Politics Look up Politics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Progressivism Progressive Logic Political corruption Political economy Political movement... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television station is a type of broadcast station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ... Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is a regional public radio network based in the U.S. state of Minnesota that has been broadcasting since 1967. ... Public Radio International, or PRI, is a not-for-profit corporation based in the United States founded in 1983 to develop non-commercial audio programming for public radio and other audio venues. ...

During this time, Rybak also worked as an activist with a number of different groups. He has been an active supporter of the GLBT community in the Twin Cities and also supported the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader in 2000. However, Rybak is best known for being an early member of the group ROAR ("Residents Opposed to Airport Racket"), which campaigned to fund noise mitigation projects in neighborhoods around the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The group staged a memorable "pajama protest," where area residents wore their nighttime clothes at the airport to show that they were losing sleep because of airplane noise. Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an acronym used as a collective term to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... Ralph Nader Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American activist lawyer who opposes the power of large corporations and has worked for decades on environmental, consumer rights, and pro-democracy issues. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... NOiSE is a one volume manga created by Tsutomu Nihei as a prequel to his much-acclaimed ten-volume work, Blame! It offers some rather sketchy information concerning the Megastructures origins and initial size, as well as the beginnings of silicon life ... Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (IATA: MSP, ICAO: KMSP) is the largest and busiest airport in the five state upper Midwest region (Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, the borders of the Upper Midwest are actually somewhat nebulous; if one takes the Upper Midwest to include Illinois then... Categories: Stub | Clothing ...

Rybak has been involved in a number of controversies as mayor. One of the earliest involved the shutdown of a group that oversaw complaints about the Minneapolis Police Department. Considered a model for the nation, Rybak closed it down partly because of funding concerns (he had inherited a situation requiring $5 million to be shaved from the city's budget). After the September 11, 2001 attacks and the U.S. military actions that followed, Rybak opposed sending American forces into Iraq, but pledged to veto any city resolution stating the same since it would be nothing more than a symbolic gesture. The September 11, 2001 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States of America carried out on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, in which hijackers took control of four U.S. domestic commercial airliners. ...

He has drawn attacks for sending his children to a private school, giving the impression to some that he doesn't fully support the Minneapolis Public Schools. Rybak went to the same school when he was growing up because his mother had been given a job there during a difficult period, so he has said that sending his own children there is paying back a debt as much as anything else. Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ...

The mayor is seen at events all across the city on a regular basis. He one of probably a very small number of mayors to have ever crowd surfed—he dove from the stage during a "Rock for Democracy" event at the popular Minneapolis club First Avenue in July 2004. After the venue closed temporarily because of bankruptcy later that year, he promised to do another stage dive on the first night of reopening. However, he postponed it after finding out that Gwar was performing that night, later completing the feat at a concert by The Frogs. Crowd surfing describes the process whereby a person is passed from person to person, transferring the person from one part of the concert venue to another, above everyones heads, with everyones hands supporting the persons weight. ... Stage diving is the act of getting onto the stage at a concert while a band is playing—usually heavy metal or punk rock—and then diving into the crowd below, hoping they will catch you. ... First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis First Avenue and 7th Street Entry are a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene, and serve as an historic landmark of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: July 2004 in sports Deaths in July • 31 David B. Haight • 29 Francis Crick • 29 Nafisa Joseph • 23 Joe Cahill • 23 Mehmood • 23 Illinois Jacquet • 23 Carlos Paredes • 22 Sacha Distel • 21 Jerry Goldsmith • 21... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... GWAR is a satirical thrash metal/punk band formed in 1985-1986 by a group of artists and musicians at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. ... The Frogs are a band with a history of controversy, founded in 1980, in Milwaukee. ...

Rybak has been instrumental in developing the City of Lakes Loppet, a 35 kilometer cross country ski race through Theodore Wirth Park and across Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun which ends on the streets in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, attracting nearly 2000 skiers. There is also a new trail network associated with the race. Rybak is a skier himself and has participated in the race when it has been held — he is also known to post trail reports on the Twin Cities website Skinnyski. Golf lodge at Theodore Wirth Park Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park managed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. ... Cedar Lake is a lake on the west side of Minneapolis, north of Lake Calhoun and west of Lake of the Isles. ... Lake of the Isles is a lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Lake Calhoun in the summer of 2003, with the IDS Center in the background. ... Uptown is a neighborhood in southwestern Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...

A 1978 graduate of Boston College, Rybak lives in the city's East Harriet neighborhood with his wife, Megan, and their children, Charlie and Grace. Website www. ...

In his 2005 re-election campaign he consistently led challenger (and fellow DFLer) Peter McLaughlin. He won the election with close to 62% of the votes. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) was created on April 15, 1944 when the Minnesota Democratic Party and Farmer-Labor Party merged to create the DFL. Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in this merger. ...

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Preceded by:
Sharon Sayles Belton
Mayor of Minneapolis
2002 – present
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