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He’s ready and eager to rattle off his headliner accomplishments to date. His State Fair list included nearly paying off the state’s IOUs to schools, early ed scholarships, all-day kindergarten, a tuition freeze at state colleges and universities, and increased student financial aid. A fairgoer’s mention of his signature on the bill legalizing same-sex marriage drew applause.
But reminding voters of good work done is only half of the task of a candidate for re-election. The other half is convincing them that more good lies ahead, suited not to the problems of the past but the opportunities of the future.
Call me an impatient journalist. But I’d say the State Fair the year before an election is a fine time for a governor to start talking about the Minnesota he wants to help build in the years that will come after it. That may be especially so this year. The political premium in 2014 might not be on familiarity, but freshness.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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