The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 30, 2013

Purple Caucus can boost bipartisanship

Why it matters: A Minnesota Senate effort at bipartisanship can break a cycle of growing gridlock


Reinert and Miller should be ambitious with the caucus and connect with the leaders of their own parties to encourage a role for the caucus on key issues. It’s not often that followers step up and volunteer their time and political capital for a leadership position.

We’d like to see the Purple Caucus become a more formal group and perhaps wield a little more muscle as they build a strong bipartisan coalition in both houses of the Legislature.

Miller said in a written statement last year that effort is going to take “time and patience.” We think voters are losing their patience with gridlock and we think the time is now for bipartisanship.

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