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   Click here for a Star-Tribune editorial about the Civic Caucus.                                      A new interview series:  The Candidates for Governor of Minnesota

The Civic Caucus is a Minnesota-based, nonpartisan, public-policy learning
and analysis organization.

Since 2005, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Civic Caucus has worked to foster in-depth dialog, seeking informed solutions to a broad range of Minnesota public issues. We have conducted more than 500 thoughtful interviews of civic and business leaders, innovators, elected officials, researchers, academics, and thought leaders from Minnesota and around the nation. These interviews are all accessible on this website under the Interviews & Responses tab. Over 20 Civic Caucus position reports are accessible on this website under the Position Reports tab. In October 2017, the Civic Caucus began a series of interviews with the major, announced candidates for Minnesota governor. It also continues its series on a review of Minnesota’s legislative process.

The Civic Caucus distributes summaries of its interviews, as well as its occasional reports, free of charge to over 5,400 civic-minded e-mail readers—including elected officials and candidates for public office statewide—and to nearly 300 media outlets statewide.

If you wish to join our e-mail list to receive interview summaries, please contact Executive Director Janis Clay at We do not share our e-mail list with anyone.



The interview summaries
and issues pages

are intended to spark a thoughtful dialog,
moving towards education and understanding,
rather than partisan debate.

The position reports
are recommendations offered by
the Civic Caucus Interview Group,
after holding extensive interviews on a topic and
considering reader
responses to drafts of the reports.




























In October, the Civic Caucus began interviewing major, announced candidates for governor of Minnesota. The order of the interviews is based on the candidates’ schedules.

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto - January 12, 2018
Renew Minnesota with clean energy, Single-payer health care,  $15 wage,  2 years free tuition

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Representative Paul Thissen - January 5, 2018
Fix disparities, practice "radical localism", repair legislative process

 A Civic Caucus  Role of Minnesota's Governor  Interview
Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson - December 1, 2017
System cries out for courage

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Representative Erin Murphy - November 17, 2017
Fund schools fairly, support education innovation, create single-payer healthcare system

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson - November 3, 2017
Dip into general fund for transportation, offer private-school vouchers to some families,
veto legislative bills not restricted to single subject

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Representative Tina Liebling - October 27, 2017
Provide two free years of public higher education, move to single-payer health care system,
increase funding for transit

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman - October 20, 2017
Invest in transit, change K-12 education governance, find legislative candidates who’ll put the state first

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Keith Downey, former Minnesota Republican Party Chair - October 6, 2017
Reduce taxes, cut state government, offer complete school choice


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on tax-deductible contributions in any amount
from civic-minded individuals like you.

There are two ways to contribute:

     1. By credit card. Use the following link to go directly to the Civic Caucus page on the websitea secure website maintained by several Minnesota foundations. Follow instructions for your gift amount and credit card information.        

 2. By check. Make your check payable to "Civic Caucus" and send your contribution to 
Janis M. Clay, Treasurer, Civic Caucus, 2104 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405-2546.

Thank you !

The Civic Caucus is a 501(c)(3) educational organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. A copy of the IRS letter verifying our tax-exempt status is available on request from








The Civic Caucus   is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics, public policy,
business, nonprofits and government.   Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

  John S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay (executive director), Pat Davies, Paul Gilje, Rob Jacobs, Dwight Johnson, Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted Kolderie,
 Dan Loritz, Marina Lyon, Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow (chair), Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman

The Civic Caucus, 01-01-2008
2104 Girard Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.


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