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of Meeting Discussing Possible Civic Caucus Role
in Campaign for Governor
Civic Caucus, 8301
Creekside Circle, Bloomington, MN 55437
Friday, June 26, 2009
Johnson, chair; David Broden, Marianne Curry, Paul Gilje, Jim Hetland, Jan
Hively, Dan Loritz, Marina Lyon (by phone)
Context of the meeting:
Caucus this summer is updating its strategic plan, with discussions of the
plan taking place every other week, with interviews with public figures on
Possible Civic Caucus role in the campaign for Governor--Based
on a memo distributed by Paul prior to the meeting, the group discussed
whether the Civic Caucus might play a helpful, non-partisan role, in
connection with issues that probably will come up in the race for
Governor. The memo suggested the following:
* That the Civic Caucus put together a list of high priority
issues where the new Governor will need to make important choices. The
Caucus could encourage all candidates to address such issues and choices.
* That the Civic Caucus conduct interviews this fall
with candidates for Governor, spotlighting the issues/choices raised by
the Civic Caucus, and share summaries of these interviews broadly in the
* That the Civic Caucus consider a proposal to the political
parties that they don't discourage candidates filing for Governor even if
a candidate doesn't receive party endorsement, thereby making the primary
election next year more of an open primary.
During discussion of the memo the following points were raised:
1. Consult broadly if we prepare
a list of issues/choices--One member said there are people in
the state who are well equipped to suggest priority issues, such as Jane
Leonard of Minnesota Rural Partners. Another suggestion was Joe Sertich,
knowledgeable in higher education and in rural economic development.
2. Importance of a vision for
the state--Let's not just
expect a discussion of issues, a member said; we want a campaign on a
vision that will get Minnesota moving again.
3. Importance of values--How
do we get a discussion of the values that candidates have, member asked?
4. Too many candidates--How
can we conduct interviews, with so many possible candidates, a member
asked? We might have to set priorities over this fall, it was noted. By
precinct caucus time it is likely that some names will have dropped out.
5. Survey the candidates--One
suggestion offered was that we could ask candidates to respond via email
to our list of issues. However, that denies the opportunity for
give-and-take. Moreover, candidates are besieged by many organizations
with such requests and usually deliver pre-prepared stock answers. One
person suggested we could indicate why it is in the candidates' best
interests to take a survey from us seriously, because of the manner in
which we distribute our materials.
6. Matters for discussion on
July 10--Verne said that we'll prepare a very preliminary list
of priority issues/choices in the Governor's race for Civic Caucus
discussion on July 10.
7. Importance of the media--We
need to see what major media outlets might be contemplating this summer
and fall in connection with the Governor's race, a member said. For
example, we should consult with Jim Pagliarini of
Minnesota Public Television. Minnesota Public Radio ought to be invited
the same time, perhaps Pat Cook, a member said.