WHY THE MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMY MATTERS TO ME

IMG_1821   It was the summer of 1969, my brother was getting ready to head off to college; I experienced a political and cultural transformation and so did my community and the country as a whole. We had survived the tumultuous revolutionary year, 1968: The murder of Martin Luther King Jr., the race riots across the […]

“The American Dream” vs “The Gospel of Wealth”

IMG_1821 Earlier this month we celebrated Lincoln’s birthday, the President who many consider our greatest President. Ralph Waldo Emerson once called Abraham Lincoln, ‘our first middle class President’ because he advocated a government that helped open a path to prosperity for all, and he advocated a government for, by and of the people. The notion of […]

Building a Future Where More People Get Ahead

bg_header_1 I get frequent calls from my friend David who reminds me that people who work at the nursing home he lives in are underpaid and struggle to make ends meet. I hear from MNDOT contractors who’ve conducted layoffs that decrease their ability to take on the many repairs that our state desperately needs. College students […]

House DFL Lawmakers Taking Serious Steps to Grow Our Economy, Expand Middle Class

middle class Last week the Minnesota House passed a series of comprehensive bills that invest in priorities like our children’s education and property tax cuts. To pay for these important investments, we passed our tax bill. It eliminates our $627 million deficit without gimmicks and pays back the remaining $854 million school shift. The bills we passed make […]

Guest Appearance on The Attitude

Arnie Arnesen_wnyc_feature My good friend Deborah “Arnie” Arneson invited me to come on to her radio show, The Attitude, to talk about my idea for a Middle Class Amendment.  You can listen to the conversation here or subscribe to the feed.

Campaign Kick Off – Great fun and a success

marquee2             July 6th I kicked off my Northfield Campaign for election MN House Seat 20B at Northfield’s Grand Event Center on 4th and Washington Streets.  Senator Klobuchar and Governor Dayton sent regrets as they were busy touring flood damage up North after the President’s Emergency Declaration. But both Rep. Paul […]

Rice County DFL Convention

RiceCoDFL_Logo The last day of March, Rice County  DFL delegates gathered at the Northfield Middle School to debate, deliberate and elect officers and delegates. They also listened to candidates offer speeches. Congressman Tim Walz gave a rousing speech that had delegates on their feet.  Most of the county is now represented by Rep. Walz in the […]

“Right to Work?”

EPIlogo06_125px   In a blog post on the Levins Publishing Website by Andy Timming and Richard Levins they try to help us understand what this policy is about: What, exactly, is Right to Work? One thing for certain: it is NOT what it sounds like. The name “right to work” is a clever scam to mislead […]

STATE LEGISLATORS RETURN TO ST. PAUL

The 2012 Legislative session is just around the corner, due to start on Tuesday.  Both sides seem eager to make it a historically short session so that campaign preparations can begin in earnest once the new district maps are released Feb. 21st. On the docket for consideration and debate are the Vikings Stadium question, a […]
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