ST PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Whether to strive for a monumentally historic session or simply a politically safe product — whether to reach for brass rings or get down to a few brass tacks — is the big strategic choice facing Gov. Dayton and the 2013 Legislature. In my last Capitol Report column, I offered some cheap advice, based on 40 years of Legislature-watching, urging that long-term goals (brass rings) be establishe... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Chuck Chalberg's take on a century of American progressivism The arc of progress," July 8), beginning under Republican President Teddy Roosevelt's leadership of a Progressive Party in 1912, was stimulating. And Chalberg is to be commended for retrieving from Chesterton and Belloc the term "distributism'' to describe a wider distribution of property and income as a middle way between laissez-faire capitalism and so... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As a St. Paul City Hall newspaper reporter in the early 1980s, I chronicled a stiff resistance by a virtually all-white and all-male fire department against reforms that would allow women and more non-white applicants to have some of those jobs. Like most mainstream journalists, I tried to give equal space and fair coverage to both sides, on that issue and others. My editors and I strived always to provide... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching the takeover of the once diverse and progressive Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul zealots reminds me of the war stories about our state’s politics in the 1940s. That’s when communists and extreme leftists in the fledgling Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party were on the rise but were chased out by DFL founders such as Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey. Under the national ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Expectations were extremely low for the 2012 Minnesota Legislature. Yet here and there in the cloud’s lining are more than a few silver strands, representing investment in human and physical capital, and advancement of public good. To wit: Bipartisan agreement was reached on legislation that expands career and technical post-secondary options for 10th-graders, giving them an earlier start on the pa... Read More
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