One of the many highlights of this busy past weekend was attending the Minnpost fundraiser, MinnRoast. Well, actually I attended the reception and then ducked out when the show started and walked over to Target field to get a cheap seat for the Twins game. My truancy was not rewarded; the Twins immediately gave up ten runs. I left. 


Back at the reception was a who's who of Minnesota politics. It was a particular thrill to run into for Judge Jack Davies, now in his eighties. What a delightful and accomplished man, one of Minnesota's greats. And I'll bet half the people there didn't know who he was. 


Until I read the biography in the link, I didn't realize he coined the phrase, "The world is run by those who show up." 


What I know is that he wrote the classic text on how to be a legislator. I have been reading it lately. As one who has read books myself, I know that one great way to connect with somebody is to tell them, "I am just now reading your book!" 


So, we had a great conversation. 


I also met Don and Arvonne Fraser, two giants in Minnesota politics during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Arvonne is still very active. 


The next morning, it was into training, or "boot camp." I can say after the two day experience that "boot camp" is an apt description. We candidates wrote and gave our stump speeches and criticized each other. We practiced fundraising. We planned out our campaign timelines. The presenters were experienced and excellent. I think most of you would be heartened by the authentic interest these politicos have in improving things. It was not a cynical bunch. 




One of the many highlights of this busy past weekend was attending the Minnpost fundraiser, MinnRoast. Well, actually I attended the reception and then ducked out when the show started and walked over to Target field to get a cheap seat for the Twins game. My truancy was not rewarded; the Twins immediately gave up ten runs. I left. 

Back at the reception was a who's who of Minnesota politics. It was a particular thrill to run into for Judge Jack Davies, now in his eighties. What a delightful and accomplished man, one of Minnesota's greats. And I'll bet half the people there didn't know who he was. 

Until I read the biography in the link, I didn't realize he coined the phrase, "The world is run by those who show up." 

What I know is that he wrote the classic text on how to be a legislator. I have been reading it lately. As one who has read books myself, I know that one great way to connect with somebody is to tell them, "I am just now reading your book!" 

So, we had a great conversation. 

I also met Don and Arvonne Fraser, two giants in Minnesota politics during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Arvonne is still very active. 

The next morning, it was into training, or "boot camp." I can say after the two day experience that "boot camp" is an apt description. We candidates wrote and gave our stump speeches and criticized each other. We practiced fundraising. We planned out our campaign timelines. The presenters were experienced and excellent. I think most of you would be heartened by the authentic interest these politicos have in improving things. It was not a cynical bunch.