With an insider’s eye, Hot Dish tracks the tastiest bits of Minnesota’s political scene and keep you up-to-date on those elected to serve you.

Contributors in Minnesota: Patrick Condon, Baird Helgeson, Patricia Lopez, Jim Ragsdale, Abby Simons, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glen Stubbe. Contributors in D.C.: Allison Sherry, Corey Mitchell and Jim Spencer.

Midwest legislators conference concludes in St. Paul

Posted by: Jim Ragsdale under Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature Updated: July 17, 2013 - 6:05 PM

A four-day conference of state legislators from midwestern states and Canada concluded in St. Paul on Wednesday.

Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, who chaired the event, said it attracted 630 people from 11 midwestern states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Speakers included Gov. Mark Dayton, explorer Ann Bancroft, biographer Jon Meacham and author Jonathan Haidt addressed the group.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Dayton focused on the difficulty of governing and trying to persevere in trying to bring about change.

"Only compelling ideas and bold initiatives, championed by strong, deeply committed women and men, can survive the political gauntlets they must travel," he said. "Now more than ever, politics and policy-making are not for the faint-hearted."

He quoted the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy: "Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. It is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change." 

"That's our challenge -- that's our test," he added. "That's the reason you're here -- that's the reason I'm here."

 

  • 0
  • Comments

Be the first to comment

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT