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“When Republicans Were Progressive” with Dave Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
DeLaSalle High School
1 DeLaSalle Drive, Room D104
Registration cancellations will be accepted until March 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The Republican Party has dominated Minnesota’s politics for much of the state's history. Today's party, though, is very different from the progressive Republican Party that came to power with Harold Stassen in 1938, had its heyday in the middle of the 20th century, and faded into near-obscurity by the 1990s. Issues that are anathema to today's GOP--environmental protection, assistance for vulnerable citizens, and economic opportunity for low-wage workers and the middle class--were at the heart of the party's agenda. Senator Dave Durenberger grew up in and helped build that party. In his latest book, with coauthor Lori Sturdevant of the Star Tribune, he explains how Minnesota's progressive Republicans earned voters' trust and delivered on their promises and how progressive ideas fell out of favor when an increasingly anti-government, anti-tax national party shifted Minnesota Republican thinking to the right. Durenberger argues that the principles and practices of progressive Republicanism are a fitting remedy for what ails American democracy today.