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Get rid of Minnesota's precinct caucuses, go to primary elections up and down the ballot

Many Minnesota partisans have recently been saying out loud what many of us have said for years: Precinct caucuses are a major contributor to the angry, political division that permeates politics today.

As a former statewide endorsed candidate and longtime Republican activist, I can testify that caucuses serve no meaningful purpose in selecting qualified candidates or restoring civil debate in our state's political realm. It's time for them to go. For this to happen, the Legislature and governor must act now. We need to join 41 other states that feature political party primary elections instead of the bygone era of caucusing as a method of selecting candidates for elective office.

Precinct caucuses - in both the DFL and Republican parties - have turned into small, insular gatherings filled with hyperpartisan factions that aren't nominating or attracting the most qualified candidates for some very important government offices.


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