Medical Aid in Dying

As most of you know, I retired in January 2017 and my wife Nancy passed away in March 2017.  In preparation for recovering from both of these events, in 2016 I decided that I would become more involved with local political campaigns and local progressive organizations. And I did. Those activities have helped me to look to the future, and not brood over what could have been if colon cancer had not entered our lives in April 2013.

Since the fall of 2017, I have been active in three political campaigns. I’m also currently on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and am active with my church, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. (Yes, a church can be a progressive organization.) I’ve been busy, but not too busy to prevent me from getting involved with another progressive issue.
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About a year and a half ago, I started this blog and a Twitter account by the same name hoping that I would be able to share intelligent and insightful observations about local and national politics. I figured if I was especially intelligent and insightful, I’d have hundreds of followers to my blog and thousands of followers to my Twitter account after a couple of years.

Even though I’ve written some intelligent blog posts (in my humble opinion) and tweeted numerous clever tweets (again IMHO), I’m going to fall way short.  I’m OK with that since I’m not being paid by the New York Times or the Washington Post for my writings. But in this post, I have a suggestion that I think the Democratic Party should adopt. Continue reading

Massachusetts State Capitol

The first stop on my six-state capitol tour was Boston. As I have planned for this trip to New England to visit six state capitals, I wondered if it will be worth it. Then, I visited the Massachusetts State House on Monday, and it was great. Lots of history to learn, art objects to view, and architecture to see. (I should pause here and remind everyone that “capital” is a city and “capitol” is a building.) Continue reading

Excited About Attending the 2018 DFL State Convention!

I moved from Iowa to Minnesota in 1977.  I was a strong Democrat moving to a strong Democratic state – the land of Humphrey and Mondale (the Vice President in 1977). I remember driving the U-Haul north on Interstate 35 and getting excited when I came over the hill in Burnsville and saw downtown Minneapolis in the distance. I was going to get involved in Minnesota politics! 41 years later, I’m finally going to my first State Convention on Friday. What happened? Well, life happened. Please indulge me while I look back on my journey to the 2018 DFL State Convention. Continue reading