MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Minnesotans eager for something other than partisan gridlock arrived at the Humphrey Institute on Friday for the fifth annual “common ground” gathering to hear how Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) and Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) have forged a new bi-partisan path.
The two State Senators founded the ‘Purple Caucus’ earlier this year that is open to any member of the Minnesota Legislature who is willing to place their status as a Minnesotan above their individual party label. They envisioned a place where everyone can communicate and build good will while working toward solutions.
Friday’s talk centered on what Senators Reinert and Miller had learned in the 2013 legislative session, and what might be in store for the upcoming session.
“I have seen firsthand that when you work towards larger goals together and make concrete progress on shared objectives, then everybody wins,” Senator Reinert said. “Even since our first meeting this spring – I’ve seen the trust growing between Purple Caucus members – and that’s really invaluable when it comes to working together and getting meaningful legislation passed,” he added.
The Purple Caucus discussion was hosted on Friday as part of the fifth annual celebration of John Brandl’s Uncommon Quest for Common Ground series. The event ran from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Friday at the Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School. The series is sponsored by Minnesota groups spanning much of the ideological spectrum: The Citizens League, Caux Round Table, Growth & Justice, and Center of the American Experiment.