a scale of (1) not willing at all, (5) probably interested, and (10)
very willing, how do you think the non-governmental leaders in
Minnesota would feel about becoming engaged in the development of
ideas and proposals for public affairs in the state?
a scale of (1) not willing at all, (5) probably interested, and (10),
very willing, how open do you think the next governor may be to
proposals for action from outside his/her party?
Litchy (7) (2)
non-government leaders are considerably more willing and able than
elected officials to consider alternative proposals for state and
Anderson (6) (2)
I'm not very
optimistic about any change until we can get rid of the campaign
funding problem of partisanship to one party, candidate or the other.
Lutz (8) (6)
Quie (10) (5)
The legislature is
broken. The best cure must be taken by the legislature. Consolidate
Committees and appoint each member to one committee. Rarely two. Then
Members would develop expertise and respect. They would then spend
more time with non-governmental leaders developing ideas for the good
of the state. What is going on now is a disgrace.
Question 1: I may
be a bit in the minority but I strongly belief that the real
"stakeholder' leaders—and I mean those that do the work that makes the
economy and education of Minnesota work—not the various foundations,
academics, etc, but those who work daily to support the economy, their
families, the community, state, and nation—are an untapped
resource. If these folks are asked in a professional way they will
participate and give some real impacting proposals for Minnesota’s
future. The candidate or organization that successfully reaches to
and uses this resource will be the winner in 2010 election. If the
other go with the wise political and foundations ideas they will miss
QUESTION 2: On
this one I think the candidates really don't get it. Most if not
all of the candidates are so either metro oriented or listen to the
political system and foundations, think tanks etc.—when they turn
to listen to the real people all the candidates will have to scramble
to reset their thinking. Bottom up vs. talking down will be the key.
Leading by listening and responding will be the best.
Dorfman (5) (5)
Question 1: The
fact that people are interested bears no relationship to the
political gauntlet their collective ideas and suggestions must
penetrate. I have participated in the “Minneosta-study-an-issue-to
death” process more times than I care to admit, attending hundreds
meetings on the reformation of Minnesota's tax system starting with
the Latimer Tax Study Commission in 1985. Very few of the ideas from
these esteemed groups have ever been adopted. I do not mean to sound
like it is hopeless but it appears to me that we have reached a
position in societal development where knowledge matters little when
juxtaposed with politics and the ego needs of individuals.
Question 2: Prior
to getting elected, all candidates will think this is a great idea.
That, I am afraid, will change once elected. A look at the hsitory of
Presidential and Gubenatorial commitments and statements prior to
election and then their respective actions after election will bear
Ward Ring (5) (5)
Fred Zimmerman (7) (2)
Non-government leaders would be very willing if they thought they were
welcomed. Over the years, I have been invited to quite a few similar
events. My own experience has been that government officials are not
really interested in new ideas or new information. Most of them seem
more interested in reinforcement of what they said in their last
speech. I've heard other notable influential people make similar
public is clearly tired of strident partisianship. But, I am not so
sure the nominating conventions are similarly tired. There seems to a
tragic flaw in our system. In order to get endorsed, strident
adherence to presupposed ideologies seems to me required. Therefore,
good government and party designations are in danger of becoming
Dave Durenberger (10) (1)
Focus on getting
someone through the primary who isn't endorsed by either party.
She'll have difficulty with the party legislative leaders, but the
citizens will welcome leadership. Elmer L, Rudy P, and Jesse V come
Bert Press (3) (5)
Kent Eklund (5) (9)
1: Persons in the non-governmental sector are right now focusing on
their own survival and have less time for broader interests. That will
change with a recovery, but the recovery will take time.
Kathleen Anderson (5) (5)
At least at the
Federal level, it's pretty much about raising money. At this
level, party approval is a big asset.
Sandy Rummel (9) (5)
Question 1: If
they are leaders, I’ve got to believe they are interested.
Depends on who is elected. If we get someone from the outside of the
party big shots, the chances are better. I worry that money will be a
Christine Brazelton (8) ( )
Question 1: Some
would be willing out of a sense of civic mindedness, to leave a legacy
by improving the future of the state. Others would be willing if they
saw some individual or corporate/institutional gain.
Question 2: The
answer completely depends on who the next governor is. I would hope
that their answer to this question is a criteria for the voters in the
Bob White (10) (3)
Ray Ayotte (5) (5)
Jan Hively (8) ( )
Question 1: They
would be very interested IF they were assured that their ideas would
be heard and considered by those with the power and authority to
follow through and IF the process were staffed by people who listen
well and report accurately.
Question 2: There
is no way to make judgments in response to this question. I don't
think that the party matters as much as you suggest. What matters is
the personality of the governor.
Bill Hamm (8) (2)
Question 1: I
don't believe there is any shortage of people willing to participate,
rather there is a shortage of State wide goals to aim for. As the take
over of legislative control by the metro area has evolved we in rural
areas see our metro area legislators and action groups undermining our
economy. This creates real division not unity.
Question 2: Very
unlikely as none of this present group will have anything but the
party platform to stand on, and none have the courage to challenge
their respective parties for the good of all.
Larry Schluter (7) (3)
Question 2: There
is no incentive to work on proposals from outside their party. Their
caucus does not want them to.
Scott Halstead (3) (3)
parties and a few leaders control the action and unless a very dynamic
leader, not closely aligned to the 2 parties becomes governor, we will
get more of the same poor government.