Drinking Liberally Minneapolis Chapter Blog

Upcoming Drinking Liberally meetings

Drinking Liberally this week will be its usual convivial self with insightful and animated discussion and libation, too. You won't want to miss it. July 19th, six to nine PM at the 331 Club.

The following week, Drinking Liberally's friend (and former guest speaker) Senator Patricia Torres Ray, who is running for Congress in the Fifth District, will be our guest. July 26th, six to nine PM, at the 331 Club.

Patricia will offer some remarks at seven and take your questions, too. We're expecting a big crowd for this one, so come early for a good seat.

Drinking Liberally this week and beyond . . .

There is no guest this week for those of you who don't like their own observations on the state of affairs interrupted by somebody holding a microphone. So this is your chance.

DL will meet from six to nine PM on Thursday, July 12th, at the 331 Club. I am sure there will be a variety of opinion, along the broad spectrum from negative to intensely negative, about the president's nomination for the Supreme Court. Maybe Judge Kavanaugh is great on the Commerce Clause, who knows?

Anyway, come, it'll be fun.

A PROGRAMMING NOTE CHANGE:

Last week, I included in the email a note about an upcoming visit by Sen. Patricia Torres Ray to speak about her campaign for the DFL nomination for the 5th Congressional District. Because of a just-scheduled candidate forum, that visit has been PUSHED BACK A WEEK TO JULY 26TH.

Finally, I want to tell you about another program that will be of great interest in light of recent events. Mark Osler -- who I call DL's utility infielder professor because he has spoken to the group on a variety of subjects -- will be our guest on Thursday, August 9th.

The nomination of a new Supreme Court justice raises a number of interesting questions: Should a new justice be considered so close to an election (the Garland precedent)? Should hearings be held when the president is currently under an investigative cloud (in spite of what he say)? Must a justice or justices nominated by Trump recuse themselves from a case involving him that may come before the Court (because you know one or more will)?

I have also asked Professor Osler to, if there is time, tell us a little about the, um, developments, in clemency practice in the new administration.

That's it for now, Steve

DL: Sitting on the patio sipping beer and shooting the breeze

Sittin' on the patio sipping beer and shooting the breeze is how I would describe Drinking Liberally this week. We'll be at the 331 Club in Minneapolis on Thursday, July 5th from six to nine PM.

Looking ahead, Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres Ray will be our guest on Thursday, July 19th. Patricia is running in the August primary for the DFL nomination for the seat in Congress being vacated by Keith Ellison, the 5th District, which includes Minneapolis and some surrounding suburban environs, too.

Drinking Liberally - Thursday, June 28th

There is no guest this week, so for those of you who find a guest program to be interference with socializing on the patio, this is the week for you.

We are working on a couple of preprimary guests for July, though.

Drinking Liberally meets from six to nine PM on Thursdays at its ancestral home in Minneapolis, the 331 Club, located at the corner of 13th and University Avenues N.E.

Hear Minneapolis Public Schools board member Rebecca Gagnon at Drinking Liberally

This Thursday, June 21st, two-term at-large member of the Minneapolis School Board Rebecca Gagnon will be our guest. Rebecca is seeking a third term to the Board. Rebecca has been outspoken on things like budgets and shortfalls and charter schools.

Rebecca will start her remarks at seven PM and will field some questions and engage in a discussion with those in attendance, too. Since it is summer and school is out, we hope that many teachers will able to attend.

DLers start together around six PM at the 331 Club, conveniently located at the corner of 13th and University Avenues, NE, in Minneapolis.

Drinking Liberally this week and next

I am going to tell you about two upcoming DL events. I will tell you about them in reverse order, so pay attention to the dates.

On Thursday, June 21st, two-term at-large member of the Minneapolis School Board Rebecca Gagnon will be our guest. Rebecca is seeking a third term to the Board. Rebecca has been outspoken on things like budgets and shortfalls and charter schools.

Rebecca will start her remarks at seven PM and will field some questions and engage in a discussion with those in attendance, too. Since it is summer and school is out, we hope that many teachers will attend.

This Thursday, June 14th, host Tony Petrangelo will offer some remarks about the upcoming primaries in Minnesota and engage with you all in a discussion about them. Numbers are Tony's game, as many of you know; I am sure he will have some interesting handicapping information.

Perhaps he'll regale you with stories about his expedition to the Secretary of State's office on filing deadline day last week.

Tony will start at seven, too.

Both of these programs will be held at the 331 Club in Minneapolis. People start to gather at six for refreshment and conversation in advance of programs at seven.

Steve

Richard Painter speaks at Drinking Liberally this week

Thursday evening, June 7th, Senate candidate Richard Painter will be our guest at Drinking Liberally - Minneapolis. Professor Painter is running for the DFL nomination in the primary to be held in August.

We will meet in the ancestral home of Drinking Liberally, the 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis, located at the corner of University and 13th Avenues NE.

DLers start to gather at six, or even a little earlier to catch the happy hour. Our program with Richard Painter will begin at seven.

But wait! There's more! At about 6:45, we'll have a brief post mortem on the just concluded DFL convention in Rochester. Next week on the 14th, we'll have a more plenary discussion about the convention and its fallout.

Richard Painter's presentation (and probably the post mortem) will be live streamed on the Drinking Liberally - Minneapolis Facebook page beginning at seven. The professor has just short of a half a million Twitter followers because of his pointed and persistent criticism of the Trump administration; the live stream will give a broader audience a chance to hear him.

And lastly but certainly not least, Rebecca Gagnon, an at-large member of the Minneapolis School Board is scheduled to be our speaker on Thursday, June 21st. There will be more information about the programs on the 14th and 21st in later email communiques.

Drinking Liberally Minneapolis - May 31st

This Thursday is a normal Drinking Liberally Minneapolis and if the weather is nice we'll likely be on the patio.

Next Thursday June the 7th we have a guest, US Senate candidate Richard Painter will join us to discuss his candidacy. Remarks will begin around 7pm and there will be a Q&A session to follow.

Once again, this Thursday the 31st regular DL, next Thursday the 7th Richard Painter.

Drinking Liberally Minneapolis meets every Thursday at the 331 Club in Minneapolis from 6-9 in the PM.

The 331 Club is located at 331 - 13th Street NE in Minneapolis.

Drinking Liberally this week and . . .

Drinking Liberally will meet tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 24th, from six to nine PM at the 331 Club in Minneapolis, conveniently located at the corner of 13th and University Avenues NE.

One of the things that is ripe for discussion is the just-crashed train wreck called the "Minnesota Legislature." Omnibus Prime, log rolling, and blackmail of the governor: the session had it all.

And looking forward, on Thursday, June 7th, DL's guest will be US Senate candidate Richard Painter. There will be much more about that program to follow, but mark your calendar now.

Steve

A great Drinking Liberally program this week, May 17th

Michael Brodkorb, a longtime Republican activist and former RPM officer, now a commentator, and soon to be book author (I think that about covers it) will be our guest at Drinking Liberally this week. He'll be joined on the stage by DL's Aaron Klemz, and they'll talk about the upcoming party conventions and the primaries that will follow them.

There are a lot of races to talk about: governor in both parties, a senator in at least one of them, the 8th Congressional District and probably the 1st (and maybe more, who knows!), and a primary for Jason Metsa's legislative seat in northern Minnesota. (He's running in the 8th District primary.) And there is even an endorsement contest for state auditor in the DFL. Just as a reminder, both Arne Carlson and Mark Dayton served as state auditor before they became governor.

I have known Michael and Aaron for some years now and they are both my go-to persons for intelligent political discussion.

We meet on Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 PM at the 331 Club in Minneapolis. It's located at 331 (get it?) 13th Avenue, N.E., more easily described as at the corner of 13th and University Avenues N.E.

The program will begin at 7:00, but come early and share a libation and some conversation. Please feel free to forward this to friends who you think may be interested, too.

Steve