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Minnesota's MiracleLearning from the Government That Worked$
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Tom Berg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680528

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680528.001.0001

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The Pendulum Begins to Swing

The Pendulum Begins to Swing

(p.11) Chapter 2 The Pendulum Begins to Swing
Minnesota's Miracle

Tom Berg

University of Minnesota Press

Primary industries such as railroads, insurance, liquor, and mining had gained a strong influence over the legislative process during the decades of Conservative Caucus dominance in the Minnesota Legislature. This chapter looks at how the Republicans, led by Lyall Schwarzkopf, joined the Conservative Caucus and used their authority to change government policy, enabling the Conservatives to take back control of the house in 1962 from the Liberals. This new group of urban and suburban legislators known as “Young Turks” began working on various pieces of progressive legislation involving such issues as human rights and mental health. The legislature also started dealing with seemingly ordinary issues that affect the legislators’ ability to do their jobs, including office space, amendments and committee reports, and research assistance.

Keywords:   Conservative Caucus, Republicans, Lyall Schwarzkopf, Conservatives, Liberals, Young Turks, progressive legislation

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