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Open Letter To The "NeverHillary" Crowd
by Dave Mindeman

An open letter to Bernie's "never Hillary" crowd.

You don't like Hillary Clinton. You have made that pretty clear. It was Bernie or Bust.

Well you are not doing Bernie any favors anymore. You are hurting his cause. You are, as Sarah Silverman put it, "being ridiculous".

Bernie has had a powerful influence on the Democratic Party - even though he, himself, is not a Democrat. His issues are powerful. His ideas are masterful. He embodies the progressive agenda.

Bernie may not be the nominee, but his agenda is still very much . . .
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AAA Bond Rating Is Back
by Dave Mindeman

In another example of the difference between Democratic and Republican economic policies, the Fitch rating system has restored Minnesota's AAA bond rating.

We lost that rating under the Pawlenty administration.

Minnesota has prospered under Mark Dayton. Our business climate is getting national recognition. Our economy is bustling. And all of this in stark contrast to our neighbor to the east, Wisconsin.

Mark Dayton did the unthinkable - he used tax increases on the wealthy to balance the budget while working to improve the lives of the middle class.

It worked. . . .
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Given An Option, Choose The Woman
by Dave Mindeman

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far....well...ah...1994 in Rochester really, my wife took up the gauntlet to run for the State legislature. You remember 1994. Not a good year for any Democrat to run. In fact, it was pretty discouraging. The tide was deep red and there was little to say to change it.

But my wife and I learned a number of things. She ran as a Democrat but her campaign committee included a few prominent Republican women. Women who were discouraged by the growing right wing influence of the far right. . . .
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What's Important
by Dave Mindeman

I know there are a lot of Bernie delegates and supporters that are very disappointed right now. You say you could never vote for Hillary. That you are convinced that she embodies the things you hate. Corporate. Untrustworthy. Establishment.

But there is a difference between the narrative that has been accepted about her and the real person. It will take time to dig deeper into that biography.

But here is what I have trouble with. This isn't really about Hillary or Bernie or even about politics. The Sanders movement has been about lifting up . . .
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by Dave Mindeman

My respect for Senator Sanders has only grown during this convention. Although some of his supporters have been less than cordial during the process, Sanders himself has done everything possible to change the dynamic of division.

He has been gracious and fair and looks like he will be a powerful surrogate on the campaign trail.

But we need to also acknowledge that Hillary Clinton has treated him and his support base with the utmost respect. In some extreme radical cases, much more than they deserved.

The Clinton campaign did compromise after compromise on . . .
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