Commentary

Daily Reformer: In the absence of federal guidance, governor and private sector step up

BY: - March 13, 2020

Good morning.  Another Reformer EXCLUSIVE. Today Ricardo Lopez reports on the financial and membership problems at AFSCME Council 5, a heavyweight in DFL politics in both fundraising and organizing. Ricardo obtained internal documents. The Minnesota politics must read of the day.  As promised Thursday I brought you a piece exploring Gov. Tim Walz’s emergency powers […]

Are you a democratic socialist? You’re like some famous popes.

BY: - March 12, 2020

A popular website claiming to be able to peg a person’s political coordinates informed my oldest son and me that we are both left-leaning communitarians.  My son, who is a captain in the US Army, was bit taken aback by our shared “radical” beliefs in social democratic values like you may hear espoused in a […]

Daily Reformer: Is the world ending?

BY: - March 12, 2020

Good morning.  Busy day at Reformer HQ.  Scoop: Max Nesterak has tracked at least eight lawsuits around the country in which Target managers say they do the jobs of frontline workers but don’t get the overtime they deserve for it. The two most recent say they are holding out for class action status, which could […]

Daily Reformer: Cancellation of large events in Washington. Coming here?

BY: - March 11, 2020

Good morning! Wow a lot of bills being heard in committee rooms on the Capitol campus today. Capitol readers: Who can tell me which ones matter? [email protected] Extra points for the ones that seem like they don’t matter, but actually matter. No Mariners games in Seattle for now Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington will order […]

The virus lays bare a broken political and economic system

BY: - March 11, 2020

The Minnesota Senate’s Republican leader stumbled into the truth this week, like a blindfolded man who hits his head on a fire alarm. When Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-E. Gull Lake, was asked about potential help for workers affected by the coronavirus, he told the Star Tribune, “What do we do when people are sick with […]

Farmer harvesting soybeans near Worthington, Minnesota

Blueprint for a more equitable Minnesota aims for a more inclusive economy

BY: - March 10, 2020

We should all be heartened by the launch of a fresh new journalistic voice under a “Minnesota Reformer’’ label. Reform is in the best of our North Star State traditions, central to our identity, going way back. This history of reform includes: our early status as one of the most ardently abolitionist of the Union […]

Legislature needs to be bold on early childhood. Before it’s too late.

BY: - March 9, 2020

For far too long, we have heard about the opportunity gaps that exist for Minnesota’s children.  The $1.5 billion-dollar budget surplus and current legislative session present an enormous opportunity for our state’s youngest learners, and I am imploring our state’s leaders to be bold and courageous to make this session a memorable one for MN […]

Daily Reformer: Coronavirus is coming

BY: - March 6, 2020

With Super Tuesday over we turn our attention to the most important event happening in American politics: COVID-19. The reason I say that is because of its economic effects, which are already massive, and we haven’t even felt the brunt of it yet.  The Wall Street Journal details how “the carefully calibrated logistics of global […]

It’s never our time: Why we won’t have a female president next year

BY: - March 5, 2020

Editor’s note: Susan J. Demas is editor and columnist of Michigan Advance, a sister organization of Minnesota Reformer, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet.  The 2020 Democratic presidential race, which, at one point, was brimming with promise with a high water mark of six women contenders, has dwindled to one. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) exited […]

Daily Reformer: The economic and political effects of coronavirus are coming

BY: - March 5, 2020

With Super Tuesday over we turn our attention to the most important event happening in American politics: COVID-19. The reason I say that is because of its economic effects, which are already massive, and we haven’t even felt the brunt of it yet.  The Wall Street Journal details how “the carefully calibrated logistics of global […]

Daily Reformer: Super Tuesday analysis

BY: - March 5, 2020

Hello there. Sign up to get Daily Reformer in your inbox. DFL operative, park board lawyer and all around Capitol and City Hall fixer Brian Rice has thoughts:  The Sanders campaign wants to create an old/new, establishment/revolution, progressive/moderate dichotomy in the electorate. This is in fact an old and simplistic narrative that can be traced […]

Politicians are people, too. They had dreams, and they were crushed. Empathize a little.

BY: - March 5, 2020

Pete Buttigeig, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each suspended their presidential campaigns this week, following more than a dozen Democrats before them. While pundits waxed on about how their decisions changed the race and affected Super Tuesday, I just keep thinking about it impacted each of them, and how hard it is to give up […]