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The Civic Caucus is a Minnesota based non-partisan public policy learning organization

~ offering innovative opportunities to involve citizens in public affairs without making extraordinary demands on their time

~ hosting a unique library of interviews with past and present political figures

~ encouraging participation (feedback) by citizens across political ideology

~ using electronic communication to educate and involve participants from their homes

~ shining a light on others' proposals, rather than promoting our own.


Send a request to the above address to receive
summaries of future interviews with thought leaders,
and to have your opportunity to respond as well.


The interview summaries
and issues pages

are intended to spark a thoughtful dialog,
moving towards education and understanding,
rather than partisan debate.

The position reports
are recommendations offered by
the Civic Caucus Core group,
after considering significant feedback
from all citizen responses.




























                  A Statewide Crusade to Secure Minnesota's High Quality Workforce

    Facing severe threats to its high quality workforce, Minnesota must advance a systematic human
    capital crusade to secure a strong economic future.  Click here for this January 25, 2015 follow-up 
    to our previous statement, Human Capital: Minnesota's Strength and Challenge.


 Recent interview summaries:

 A Review of Minnesota’s Civic Process Interview
Minnesota’s economic future depends on reducing workforce inequities for people of color
Dane Smith of Growth and Justice, a Minnesota public policy research
and advocacy group - October 30, 2015

A Review of Minnesota’s Civic Process
Narrow interests, partisan divide impede broad collective action on public problems
Former Congressman Tim Penny - October 23, 2015

A focus on human capital interview
Keep students motivated & save money by redesigning high school to offer grades 11-14
Bob Wedl of Education|Evolving - October 16, 2015

 A Review of Minnesota’s Civic Process Interview
Restore value that an effective civic infrastructure once offered Minnesota
Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger - October 9, 2015

A Civic Caucus Internal Discussion
Preserve learning and teaching as central roles for the Civic Caucus
Civic Caucus Internal Discussion - Civic Process 3 - October 2, 2015

A Civic Caucus Internal Discussion
Reassessment of Minnesota's civic process is overdue
Civic Caucus Internal Discussion - Civic Process 2 - September 18, 2015


                      Making a tax-deductible contribution to the work of the Civic Caucus

     Your tax-deductible donation in support of these educational efforts can be made in two ways:

  1. By credit card
- Go to, a secure site maintained by several Minnesota foundations.
Enter "Civic Caucus" in the box provided and follow instructions to fill in your gift amount and credit
      card information.

  2. By check
- Make your check payable to "Civic Caucus" and send your contribution to
      Janis M. Clay, Treasurer, Civic Caucus,

      2104 Girard Ave. S.,
      Minneapolis, MN 55405-2546. 




The Civic Caucus   is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics and business. Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

  John S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay, Pat Davies, Bill Frenzel, Paul Gilje (executive director), Dwight Johnson, Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted Kolderie,
 Dan Loritz (chair), Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow, Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman



The Civic Caucus, 01-01-2008
2104 Girard Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
Dan Loritz, chair, 612-791-1919   ~   Paul A. Gilje, coordinator, 952-890-5220.

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