Providing a non-partisan model for generating and sharing          

    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.




























                  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:

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Minneapolis Foundation to play stronger role in public policy
R. T. Rybak, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation - September 30, 2016

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Discussion
Diagnosis and prescription as important in public policy as in health care
Civic Caucus Interview Group Discussion - September 25, 2016

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Assign high priority to inclusiveness in public policy groups
Dane Smith, president of the public policy organization Growth and Justice - September 23, 2016

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Legislature’s Purple Caucus aims to ease partisan gridlock

Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller - August 26, 2016

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Interview
Foundation collaborative aims to change the way philanthropy works in North Minneapolis
Tawanna Black, head of the Northside Funders Group - August 19, 2016

  Review of Minnesota’s Public Policy Process  Discussion
Your ideas are needed, and welcome, on improving the public policy process in Minnesota
Civic Caucus Interview Group Discussion - August 12. 2016


                      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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