Providing a nonpartisan model for generating and sharing          

    essential information on public issues and proposed solutions              

Shining a light on Minnesota public policy since 2005

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Click here for a Star-Tribune editorial about the Civic Caucus.                                  A new interview series:  The Candidates for Governor of Minnesota

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 and thought leaders

~ 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.




























In October, the Civic Caucus began interviewing major, announced candidates for governor of Minnesota. The order of the interviews is based on the candidates’ schedules.

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Representative Erin Murphy - November 17, 2017
Fund schools fairly, support education innovation, create single-payer healthcare system

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson - November 3, 2017
Dip into general fund for transportation, offer private-school vouchers to some families,
veto legislative bills not restricted to single subject

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Minnesota State Representative Tina Liebling - October 27, 2017
Provide two free years of public higher education, move to single-payer health care system,
increase funding for transit

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman - October 20, 2017
Invest in transit, change K-12 education governance, find legislative candidates who’ll put the state first

 A Civic Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate  Interview
Keith Downey, former Minnesota Republican Party Chair - October 6, 2017
Reduce taxes, cut state government, offer complete school choice


To continue its work, the nonprofit Civic Caucus depends on tax-deductible contributions
in any amount from civic-minded individuals like you. There are two ways to contribute:

     1. By credit card. Use the following link to go directly to the Civic Caucus page on the websitea secure website maintained by several Minnesota foundations. Follow instructions for 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.

Thank you !

The Civic Caucus is a 501(c)(3) educational organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. A copy of the IRS letter verifying our tax-exempt status is available on request from


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

The Civic Caucus, 01-01-2008
2104 Girard Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.


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