Legislative Watchdogs

If you want to keep an eye on certain issues as they move through the legislative session there are some great tools out there. The Center of the American Experiment has developed a very easy to use website that provides readable brief descriptions of every bill, floor amendment, and roll call vote in theIntroduced to […]

No Child Left Behind Salon

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining a Salon discussion at Molly and Bill Woerlin’s house about the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Legislation. It was a wonderful evening talking about a full range of educational topics. Many of the participants had been teachers and professors themselves with many years of experience and their perspective […]

Rock Your Party: Finding Our Voice in the DFL

Saturday I attended the Minnesota Young DFL event, “Rock Your Party: Finding Our Voice in the DFL” at Hamline University in St. Paul. The morning Keynote speaker was Gregory Gray, who, MDFL notes, was the “6th African American to ever serve in the Minnesota legislature (1999-2002), and the 2nd African American to receive the endorsement […]

Key Holds Silent Auction

Monday night at Hogan Brothers the ‘Key,’ that is the Northfield Union of Youth, held a silent auction fundraiser. Among the items on display were Pat Lampe woodcuts, Adirondack chairs handmade by Union of Youth members, hand made frames, gloves, Teddy bears, and a variety of gift certificates and miscellaneous items. The event was accompanied […]


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, someone sent me a copy of an essay he wrote in 1948 called THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION, a thoughtful critique . I’ve just finished my Master’s degree, and at St. Mary’s University Commencement Sunday, I was surprised to hear similar sentiments echoed. Here are a few quotes […]

“Where do we go from here?” Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their tired bodies, education and culture for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the alters of God and be […]

Environmental Listening Session

Last night was the “Environmental Listening Session” or “Natural Resources Listening Session,” with Rep. Ray Cox, Rep. Dennis Ozment, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance, and Rep. Tom Hackbarth, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. Like the Energy Listening Session, it was well attended, standing room only in […]

Out to Lunch — back soon!

From Carol Overland: David’s finishing his Masters, and as you can tell, he’s taking a short break from blogging — it’s hard enough to complete a Masters, let alone do it while working full time, so this time out is well needed and deserved. That said, here’s what’s going on while he’s working: It’s a […]

Rock for Democracy at Javalive

Saturday December 6th I joined Patti Fritz and Jeremy Kalin of Young Progressives and many other good Democrats at the Javalive Coffee shop in Faribault for some great music presented by Bonnie and the Clydes. Young Progressives is an issues oriented group organized to engage young people in grass roots politics. In addition to working […]