Daily Reformer: Barbershops and the case against Bloomberg

Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari, president of Minneapolis Federal Reserve

Good morning. 

Visiting family in Florida so a quick Daily Reformer this morning. (Get the Daily Refomer in your in-box!

Despite the federal holiday, a busy day at the State Capitol, with hearings on paid family leave and paid sick time before House Ways and Means. Alan Page and Neel Kashkari on their education constitutional amendment before Chair Carla Nelson in Senate Education. (More on the proposed amendment from Rilyn Eischens here.) And of course, insulin. Full schedule.  

Gov. Tim Walz has no public events. 

The best piece I’ve seen so far about the risks of a Bloomberg presidency come not from his left but from The Times’ resident social conservative Ross Douthat, who argues that the former NYC mayor displays many of the same authoritarian tendencies as the current president but is actually hyper-competent and would have the support of a troika of American power — Washington, Wall Street and Silicon Valley. 

“To choose Bloomberg as the alternative to Trump, then, is to bet that a chaotic, corrupt populist is a graver danger to what remains of the Republic than a grimly-competent plutocrat with a history of executive overreach and strong natural support in all our major power centers. That seems like a very unwise bet.”

Speaking of the Republic, let’s turn to some wise words of Abraham Lincoln on a day we celebrate him, sent to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862: 

Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.

This morning in the Reformer: 

I had a chance to hang out with Brian Fullman, an organizer with ISAIAH who focuses a lot of his work on Black barber shops. What a funtime photographer Courtney Perry and I had spending time in the shops one day in December. The key to political organizing, operatives say, is to go where people are at, and Fullman is doing it at the barber shops. ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota expect to train up to 7,000 in advance of the caucuses later this month. 

The decision by state Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth, not to run again makes this a very tough seat for Republicans to hold given big 2018 DFL margins. Ricardo Lopez reporting

And Max Nesterak with a nice write-up of the march for missing and murdered Indigenous women

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Have a great all! JPC