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What’s Up With the DFL? Post-Convention Reflections

What’s Up With the DFL? Post-Convention Reflections

While much of the media is focusing on the scramble of candidates following the 2018 DFL convention, little attention has been given to the delegates themselves. Where did they come from? What issues did they care about? What organizations did they represent? And will they be able to appeal across urban and rural boundaries to forge a winning coalition in November?

To help illuminate these and other questions, TruthToTell is joined by three guests who seek to connect progressive issues to a message with statewide appeal.

The Reverend Oby Ballinger, one of scores of “faith delegates” committed to a social-justice agenda.

Chris Conry, strategic campaign director, Take Action Minnesota.

David Bly, retiring DFL representative from District 20B, a Greater Minnesota district that includes the communities of Northfield, Lonsdale, and Montgomery.

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Food Stamps, Sustainable Farms, the U.S. Census: Three Good Ideas Worth Defending

Food Stamps, Sustainable Farms, the U.S. Census: Three Good Ideas Worth Defending

You know the old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” In the world of politics and public policy, the same holds for good ideas. Food stamps help prevent hunger for millions of Americans. Sustainable agricultural practices support family farmers, rural communities, and the natural environment. The census, ordained in our Constitution, updates and documents the changing face of America every 10 years. What’s not to like?

TTT talks to three guests who champion these and other ideas that serve the common good:  Katie Costello, Community Food System Program associate for the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy; Ben Anderson, policy director of the Land Stewardship Project; and Bob Tracy, director of public policy at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.