Gun-Control Failure Is a Symptom, GOP Is the Disease

About a year ago, I was talking to my daughter, a high school math teacher, about gun control. It had become her number one issue, and she was disturbed by the inability of Congress to pass any effective gun-control legislation. I told her that I had given up on the gun issue and that there were more important issues that Democrats need to focus on like income inequality, healthcare, pro-choice policies, and immigration. Continue reading

After a Year, How Am I Doing as a MN Democratic Volunteer?

I retired one year ago on January 31st, 2017.  The next day, I posted to this blog for the first time with the title “I Retired Yesterday. Now What?” In that post, I laid out my plans to become a more active Minnesota Democratic Volunteer. After a year, how am I doing? (I hope you understand that this post is more for my benefit to record what I’ve done, rather than for any of you who might read it. I appreciate your tolerance 🙂

I’ve made progress. Not great progress, but good. Let’s say a grade of C+/B-. Here is a review of my accomplishments and some areas where I might want to improve: Continue reading

GOP=M+FC+NRA+R

Dear Reasonable, Moderate, Minnesotan & Republican Voters,

Welcome to 2018.  I’m wondering if you are still planning to vote for a straight Republican ticket this year. It seems to me that if you answer no to all four of the following questions, you need to consider changing political party: Are you a millionaire or billionaire? Do you believe God hates gay marriage and abortions? Do you own more than five guns and worry that the government wants to take them away from you? Do you believe that whites are now the most persecuted minority in this country? Continue reading

Will Minnesota in 2018 be like Virginia in 2017?

Virginia made election history on Tuesday when the Democratic Party flipped 15 seats to change control of the House of Delegates from 66 to 35 for the Republicans to 49 to 47 for the Democrats with four districts needing recounts. All 15 seats that the Republicans lost were held by men and 11 of the winning Democrats were women.

Should these results encourage the DFL to think they can flip 11 seats in 2018 to take control of the MN House of Representatives? Should it strike fear into the Minnesota GOP? Continue reading

Why I Support Tim Walz

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the importance of the statewide races for the Minnesota House of Representatives. With work hard, Democrats can change 11 house seats so that we take control of the house.

In that post, I added that the most important race in 2018 is the governor race, because we are one race from becoming Wisconsin. I want to use this post to explain why I’m supporting Tim Walz as the next governor of Minnesota. Continue reading