-- Updates on next page, including a Wisconsin-based study of the same issue --
|Men at odds: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton|
Don't like tie games? Well, readers of the New York Times
were treated yesterday to a regional battle of another kind -- one of ideas, courtesy of Lawrence R. Jacobs, a political science professor at the U of M.
His op-ed for the Gray Lady, entitled "Right vs. Left in the Midwest,"
looks at the dueling political ideology of Minnesota and Wisconsin -- states that, his view, once shared a populist progressive tradition. They diverged in 2010 with the election of Scott Walker to the Wisconsin's governorship and Republican majority in the legislature.
Jacobs asks, "Which side of the experiment -- the new right or modern progressivism -- has been most effective in increasing jobs and improving business opportunities, not to mention living conditions?"
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