Commentary

A great northern forest in Minnesota can help our world remain livable — Opinion

BY: and - August 30, 2021

If our society is to have the resilience necessary to ward off the worst effects of climate change, and if we are to save a reasonably representative population of the wildlife that shares the Earth with us, we must protect our remaining healthy, diverse ecosystems.  The administration of President Joe Biden understands this. Biden’s executive […]

Is America experiencing a different kind of ‘civil war’? — Opinion

BY: - August 27, 2021

Wars are not always fought by armed military forces with guns, bombs, stealth fighters, and sophisticated weaponry. And the enemy is not always clearly defined. Even the reasons for war often lack clarity. But the divisiveness and fighting still rage, nonetheless. At first glance, you might think characterizing the divisiveness that America is experiencing today […]

Lindell’s dangerous fellow travelers among Minnesota GOP elected officials — Column

BY: - August 26, 2021

Jennifer Carnahan’s spectacular implosion as chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota is not even the most concerning recent event for Republicans or — more importantly — the rest of us.  Yes, her close ties to indicted donor and party operative Anton Lazzaro — followed by a cascade of stories of her bullying behavior — are […]

Will Biden’s executive order spark change in food production? — Opinion

BY: - August 25, 2021

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems. One important point of interest for agriculture is the change to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act, […]

In discussion of equality, rural women are too often left behind — Opinion

BY: - August 24, 2021

Over the past several months, I have engaged with women across Minnesota to learn how to get more women to run for office.  Whether in big cities, wealthy suburbs or the Iron Range, we share common frustrations like inadequate child care, as well as common worries like the COVID-19 crisis, women’s economic security and the […]

Thou shalt not shall: The problem of an overused word — Column

BY: - August 23, 2021

Returning from recess Monday,  the U.S. House will be greeted by historic legislation: The Senate’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, as well as the reconciliation budget resolution for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion in social and other spending. To pass both pieces of legislation, Democratic House members must balance internal divisions. But first they should heavily amend […]

Businesses need to stand up to the Chamber of Commerce on the environment — Opinion

BY: - August 20, 2021

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has membership from companies that employ more than 500,000 Minnesotans and feature some of our state’s most admired and respected names, including Target, General Mills, Best Buy and Cargill. When it comes to climate action, however, the values of the Chamber — and the workforce and companies it represents — […]

It was nearly a coup — Column

BY: - August 18, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported recently ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely claimed that […]

Political nuggets: A DFL strategist on Walz’s choice; retirements coming

BY: - August 17, 2021

This is ripped from Daily Reformer, our email newsletter filled with the latest in Minnesota politics and policy. Sign up here.   I talked to a DFL operative recently who framed out the key strategic choice for Gov. Tim Walz’s reelection campaign:  Re-run “One Minnesota,” which was an attempt to unify the state around a set […]

Should the unvaccinated be denied health care? — Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2021

The Hippocratic oath requires doctors to treat all patients equally — but what happens when you run out of doctors? This isn’t the first time medical staff and hospital beds have been in short supply during the pandemic. There is, however, something notably different this time. In the early stages of COVID-19, patients overflowed hospitals […]

No one should pay more than 30% of income in rent — Opinion

BY: - August 13, 2021

While the pandemic may be making a vicious resurgence, we cannot continue to delay moving forward real, long-term solutions to Minnesota’s housing crisis. The pandemic unveiled our tragically precarious housing situation —672,000 Minnesotans live in households paying too much of their income to rent. The eviction moratorium instituted by Gov. Tim Walz and the federal […]

Millennials are the largest workforce and the least wealthy — why?

BY: - August 11, 2021

In 2016, Millennials became the largest cohort of the American workforce, defined as those working between the ages of 16-64.  What is most striking about the demographic changes in the workforce is the amount of wealth accumulated among each successive generation. It turns out that the Millennials — again, the largest of the four working […]