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Continued: Minnesota justice, an old-school Republican, hits retirement age

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 1, 2013 - 4:49 PM

And he’s written all those opinions, including a big batch in the last two weeks. It’s as if he wants Harold’s Line to leave the Capitol with a flourish.

But is this really the end of the line? Among Republicans in major elective office, it appears to be. Harold’s Line delayed the GOP’s shift to the right in Minnesota for a couple of decades, but it couldn’t be held back forever. Former Sens. Rod Grams, Rudy Boschwitz and Norm Coleman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty were Minnesota forebearers of a more conservative political family that has spawned still more conservative U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and a host of Tea-stained legislators thirsty for statewide office.

But what about the kid who used to help Sally Pillsbury stuff envelopes for Republican candidates and causes, who grew up to be Gov. Mark Dayton?

“I like him,” Anderson said. He subscribes to what the late George Pillsbury said of Dayton: “He would have made a fine Republican governor.”

Now that he’s Citizen Paul Anderson again — and after he gets his hip replaced — I look for him to connect with other fans of yesteryear’s progressive Republicanism and determine how they can again serve this state. I expect that the DFL governor’s name will be on his call list.

Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at

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