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Today the Civic Caucus interview group focused its discussion on options for a major recommendation on improving public policy in Minnesota. In discussing definitions we distinguished between design and action. We looked at a timetable for completion of a report by December 1. We'd like to emphasize a central recommendation that if implemented would cause other improvements to occur, rather than preparing a laundry list of needed changes. Among options discussed today: (1) establishing a public-policy institute, (2) strengthening an existing community sector organization or organizations, (3) starting from scratch and recommending something entirely new, and (4) looking to the state's charitable foundations. Some of us think the report should also include recommendations on improving the State Legislature.
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to weigh in on this dilemma posthaste. Your Subject line surely invites such enquiry.
Here in Beltrami County, and elsewhere, as an example, deaths have resulted from substance abuse/overdose. Drugmakers are complicit in this addiction epidemic.
I believe Civic Caucus would be as concerned as are the many policymakers and advocacy groups.
Thank you for your attention to this great concern. The opioid lobby is alive and well.
What of the rest of us?
For me I believe if we could find a way to have candidates run for office without the need to raise large sums of money so that when elected the winners are not as influenced as much by campaign contributions as they currently are.
The solution is Public financing of political campaigns in a fair and constitutional way. Every time I ran for office in the past a major part of what had to be done is to "beg" for money from many sources in order to be viable. It is demeaning, unhealthy, and disgusting. I believe it causes too much devotion to misguided ideals and ideas. If a way can be found to have campaigns paid for by the public or maybe a group of non-profits (although this creates another problem) so that no elected officials are not subject to special interests because of campaign contributions.
Of course there is also the problem of special interest groups that can organize and take over caucuses in order to push their agenda. This has been happening for several years in Minneapolis for sure, in fact some of the delegates are also paid by the city as neighborhood city staff. I believe this system of governmental staff becoming delegates that then have the power to endorse candidates is also effecting how other office holders are being elected. In this case and outsider has little chance gaining an endorsement and because of the lack of endorsement stands little chance to win the election. The bottom line is something needs to be done about the political caucus system in Minnesota.
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