Blueprint used to brief candidates

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will kick off an exclusive issues briefing for Minnesota’s legislative candidates, sponsored by Center of American Experiment, on Friday, August 26th, on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The event plans to use the Center’s Minnesota Policy Blueprint as the basis for eight 30-minute “action briefings,” presented by Center personnel as well as other top legislative experts. The non-partisan curriculum will emphasize the Center’s priorities of limited, accountable government, low taxes, personal responsibility and respect for the job-creating power of the entrepreneur. Keynoter Pawlenty was scheduled to discuss What it Means to Govern as a Conservative.

“First time legislative candidates always face the unfair expectation that their nomination somehow bestows knowledge about every legislative topic and initiative,” said John Hinderaker, president of Center of the American Experiment. “One minute they’re operating a family farm, the next minute they get nominated for office, and some people expect you to know the details of Minnesota’s education funding formula. The fact is, there’s a lot of information to absorb, all while they’re also knocking on doors, walking in parades, and sitting in booths at county fairs.”