The LWV St. Paul book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:15 am at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave. 55119. All are welcome to attend regardless of whether they have read the book that month. Please join us if you're interested!
January's book is When Republicans Were Progressive by Dave Durenberger. Senator Dave Durenberger 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. In the ensuing partisan realignment, both the Republican and the Democratic parties have lost public trust. Durenberger argues that the principles and practices of progressive Republicanism are a fitting remedy for what ails American democracy today. Barb B. will lead discussion.
We also recommend a companion book for January, Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader by Iric Nathanson. Iric Nathanson, historian and frequent contributor to MinnPost, underscores the fact that a man who seems so quiet on the outside has been a significant player in the events that have shaped our times. There are a lot of politicians who make a few headlines with their flash and then disappear. Nathanson makes it clear that Fraser is among the few politicians who make a lasting difference because of their beliefs. Mary P. will lead discussion.
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