Race down to the wire :Trump visits Minnesota where populism has a long history; FBI chief clears Hillary stating the agency has reviewed the latest batch of e mails and their review does not change their July opinion

The polls suggest a close race perhaps getting closer by the hour. As part of that last minute race both candidates are making whirlwind tours of both battleground states and several ones thought originally to be safe blue states. One in particular is Trump’s Sunday afternoon visit to Minnesota a state that has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1972, a state which produced Democratic and Farmer labour senatorial stars like Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey, Paul Wellstone, Walter Mondale and recently Al Franken.But over its history it has also elected many times Republican governors and also very importantly populist candidates from the Farmer Labour coalition that made Minnesota one of the leading American centres of populism in the United States. I grew up in Winnipeg and so I know something from some visits to Minnesota about progressive traditions in Minneapolis and Minnesota in general. In many ways Winnipeg and Minneapolis were the two metropolitan centres of the great prairie region of North America that stretches from Eastern Alberta through Saskatchewan to the eastern edges of Winnipeg and south through Minnesota the Dakotas to Wisconsin all places where progressive populism has had a constituency. So given how Donald Trump has attempted to rally populism to his side it makes sense that he would take time to visit Minnesota because although the Democrats may have the upper hand his populist appeal might well allow him to rally Minnesotans to his cause.

On the Democratic party side party leaders and partisans will be pleased that the latest letter from FBI head James Comey clears Hillary Clinton stating that the recent batch of e mails do not change his original July assessment that Secretary Clinton’s case did not warrant any prosecution.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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