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Dave Broden

Orono, Minnesota
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6 years 34 weeks

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As the wonks look to MN politics I would suggest that the real topic should shift from which party or which candidate to the reason we have candidates at all and that is to consider, debate,and enact good public policy that places good government above the politics of both sides and also above the constraints imposed by some special interest groups. There are many great ideas about the future of MN proposed by public policy groups, business, foundations etc. but most of these get nowhere...

There seems to be a bit of theme being expressed that outstate voters/citizens are different from metro citizens. Before this expression gets out of control perhaps those expressing that postion should ask themselves when the last time they were outside the metro area- met with outstate citizens and obtained a bit of understanding of how thoughtful and in depth consideration these people reflect each day. As one who grew up in very rural Swift County- worked in a family business-- worked...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 12:07 pm in response to The Minnesota Republican Party is back. Maybe. Or Not.

The MN GOP can be back if it considers seriously connecting to the interests and vision of the citizens of MN. Most people will agree on the following: 10 Mn has a large independent voting percentage- either party need to appeal to this group to get 50% +1; 2) Mn citizens are not anti-government but want real value from government and good quality programs-- the GOP had a history of innovation and new approaches for years- return to this approach will be key; 3) Mn does not like the work...

Posted on 09/23/14 at 10:06 am in response to 5 More Questions: Mark Ritchie on Minnesota's World's Fair ambitions

Let;'s get a bit serious and think about the future of MN. What will a Worlds Fair or Expo do for all of MN? We need a vision and path for the state-for the economy of the next generation. The worlds fair project is simply an idea of the past looking to the future. And we have a soon to be unemployed politician looking for a big 6 figure income. Using the funds for the vision of the future is much more valuable and will realize benefits sooner and longer term. Will someone please move the...

Posted on 09/24/14 at 10:24 am in response to 5 More Questions: Mark Ritchie on Minnesota's World's Fair ambitions

This discussion is about the role of government and/or the role of public/private partnerships for good public policy. First objective must be to provided sevices needed for all citizens in the most beneficial manner. That means connecting to each individual citizen with education, health care, infrastructure and public safety and enabling a competive business climate to evolve jobs for all workers. A worlds fair will create construction jobs short term, and low paying job at the fair. The...

Posted on 09/23/14 at 10:19 am in response to Voters at local candidate forums not sticking to the script

In reading the article and as a I speak with neighbors and others across Mn the Mn voter has a definite desire for discussion of topics not on the agenda of any of the candidates. This is a typical case of citizens being ahead on issues and no one is listening- the parties try to speak their party line one more time and most are not interested. Lets shift the discussion to 1) establishing and vision for Mn future; 2) Address what and how the economy will evolve and what Mn must do to be a...

Jeff Johnson has now set a portion of the campaign agenda-- I agree with the thoughts in many of his position but may differ in how the details are moved forward. This is a good framework for discussion in the next 6 weeks. One comment regarding most of these topics is that both Johnson and Dayton seem to easily focus on Management issues which most of these are -- now let's get to leadership-- leadership will shape MN for the future- what is the vision- how will economic development be...

Anyone can look to cut or to save-- another approach is to look to deliver services in a better way-- This is REDESIGN-- both DFL and GOP have expressed interest and various Foundations and Political Wonks talk a good story on Redesign but the state has only nibbled at the edges. If MN really wants to have an impact let's get serious about REDESIGN--- and set a goal of REDESIGN for a purpose or REDESIGN for What- Where What is better service to people. There are many solid redesign concepts...

If you have doubts or would like to know more about the in-depth work done for redesign contact you legislator or perhaps better yet some of the serious foundations and thoughtful non-profit think tanks in the area-- there are impacting approaches - and I will agree many that just speak to the term. I like to think that of 10 redesign concepts 1-2 will be beneficial. I have been involved with many and the spectrum of idea is wide but sort our the weak ones and there is actionable work.

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Posted on 09/16/14 at 10:09 am in response to Will the Adrian Peterson case actually cost the Vikings?

One of the immediate topics that needs to be addressed is the overall value and purpose of the new stadium given the image which has evolved in the past 18 months regarding pro-football and now the Viking Specifically!. Over the past few day several people have asked me what can we do to have an impact or to shown MN has different prioriites. These disucssions concluded that a Stadium Stop Work Order Should be implemented. the only question that needs to be addressed is what is the cost of...