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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-
making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines.  This progressive era in Minnesota politics began with Democratic Governors Olson and Freeman, as well as Republican Governor Stassen. All contributed to Minnesota's reputation as "The State That Works."  So outstanding was the economic performance of the state and the quality of life of its residents that Minnesota was known as "the Miracle State."  The series is entitled the “Grand Consensus.” It has been developed by Iric Nathanson, a local historian, who writes a history feature for MinnPost and is the author of Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: the Growth of an American City.

The series starts with an overview of the Grand Consensus and then traces the ideological currents that influenced Minnesota politics during much of the last half of the last century. Later posts examine such policy areas as civil rights, taxation, education, health care and transportation.

We hope you will add this timely new series to your reading list:



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1 Minnesota’s Progressive Legacy – Overview 3925
2 Minnesota’s Progressive Legacy – Ideological Roots 7511
3 Minnesota's Progressive Legacy - Progress on Civil Rights 5037
4 Minnesota's Progressive Legacy - The Rails Return 3557
5 The Progressive Legacy - Health Care 10426
6 Don Fraser and Al Quie Focus on Future Generations 4012


MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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