An ultimate political insider, Greek-born Elias Demetracopoulos never held public office but spent his long career operating in the shadows, working to influence those who did. Now, an American journalist, James Barron, has brought Elias out of the shadows in a new biography, “The Greek Connection: The life of Elias...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Now that Jacob Frey has secured a second term as mayor of Minneapolis, might he be tempted to follow in the political footsteps of a famous predecessor? Another young, politically ambitious, adoptive Minneapolitan who came here from another state intent on making a name for himself?. Virginian Jacob Frey, meet...
This is a follow-up to my Wednesday post, with credit to my fellow MinnPost contributor, economist Louis Johnston. The takeoff point for my previous piece focused on the verb “promote” in the Constitution, where it says, right in the preamble, that one of the jobs of proposed U.S. constitutional republic would be to “promote” the “general welfare.”
A rotating four-man team, middle-of-the-night wake-up calls and even a daily newsletter. In the 1960s, breaking a filibuster was hard—but it was still possible.
This week in 1971, 50 years ago: U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey will be the main guest and speaker at the banquet of the 39th Annual Convention of the Minnesota Utilities Association, to be held at the Holiday Inn of Alexandria. 350 people are expected for the convention, representing 84 municipal utilities which are members.
The Dickinson Press
Democrats now control the House for the first time since 2010. Yet they still have no discernible national political leader or a sweeping political program. They can solve these problems quickly, however, if they take inspiration from Hubert Humphrey, a former senator from Minnesota, vice president and 1968 Democratic presidential nominee. Despite never occupying the White House, Humphrey earned serious accolades. House Speaker Tip O'Neill, D-Mass. called him "the most genuine liberal the nation has ever produced," and former vice president Walter Mondale labeled him "the country's conscience." And in 1978, more than 1,000 congressional aides and newsmen voted Humphrey the most successful lawmaker of the 20th century.