Dan McGrath, Governor’s Budget Shows We’re All In This Together

A year ago at this time Tim Pawlenty was still our governor and the main topic of conversation at the state capitol was whether or not the legislature would ratify his unilateral cuts to necessary state programs to help local governments keep our streets safe and clear of snow, provide health care for tens of thousands of our poorest residents, and help

Mark Schultz, Keynote Speech Given At TakeAction Minnesota’s Annual Meeting

There are really two questions I want to ask this afternoon: Where are we now, politically, socially, economically? and Who and What are we in this historical moment? So — Where are we now? Look outside.  Let’s take a lesson from nature. We are in the depths of winter. In Minnesota today, we are far

Chris Conry, Raise Taxes on the Wealthy to Encourage Public Spending

Our $6.2 billion state budget deficit is unprecedented.  In fact, some would argue it’s the perfect storm: an unpredictable recession triggered by an unforeseen speculative asset bubble that was an unusual market failure.  It was none of these.  Markets collapse.  When they do, we have to dig out.  Fortunately, Minnesotans know how to use a

Julie Schnell, Repeal Would be Job Killing

This post first appeared at www.mn2020.org on January 31, 2011. “… if your interest is to make health care available to more Americans, this should be a happy day for you – no matter what your ideological beliefs.” The quote above about the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) comes not from Daily Kos

Dan McGrath, Why Didn’t We Think of This Before?

I’m not one to shower elected officials with praise.  I often find myself skeptical of their motives, questioning of their tactics and dubious if they will have the chutzpah to stand up for what they truly believe.  But yesterday I witnessed one of the more brilliant bits of political theater that I’ve ever seen and need to give

Dan McGrath, Bolder Together After the Election

After a long night that stretched into Wednesday, we are all left trying to make sense of this election. On one hand there is a national feeling of defeat.  A sense of rejection of President Obama’s policy agenda.  On the other hand, there is also a sense of hope that Mark Dayton, despite an expected