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    essential information on public issues and proposed solutions              

10th Anniversary :  2005- 06 to 2015-16

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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 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.




























Looking Back, Thinking Ahead:
Strengthening Minnesota's Public-Policy Process

Issued with signatures November 27, 2016

Minnesota will be able to maintain its well-earned quality-of-life position among the 50 states
only with a renewed commitment to solving its pressing public-policy challenges.


 Recent interview summaries:

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Improve Minnesota by bettering the quality of our public discourse

Andy Wallmeyer, Publisher and CEO of MinnPost - March 10, 2017

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Engage and empower all Minnesotans to create an open, welcoming, inclusive state
Brett Buckner of, and Bruce Corrie of Concordia University, St. Paul - February 17, 2017

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Increase visibility and impact by partnering on public-policy studies
Tom Triplett, nonprofit consultant - February 10,2017

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Invite foundations to the table
Tawanna Black of the Northside Funders Group, Marina Lyon, former foundation executive, and
Ann Mulholland of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
- January 27, 2017

Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process
Partner with foundations; form coalitions
Judy Healey, Philanthropic Consultant, and
Tim Penny, Southern Minn. Initiative Foundation President, CEO - January 20, 2017

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Good thinking requires settings that provide time, resources and political freedom
Ted Kolderie of Education/Evolving - January 13, 2017


                      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 (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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