Challenges Facing the U.S. in the Context of the 2006 Elections


Challenges Facing the U.S. in the Context of the 2006 Elections

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Former congressmen and Humphrey School Senior Fellows Tim Penny and Vin Weber talked about the challenges facing congressional candidates in the 2006 elections. Tim Penny is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He represented southeastern Minnesota’s First Congressional District from 1982 to 1994. Since 1995, Penny has worked as a senior counselor for the Minnesota-based public relations firm Himle Horner. From 1998 to 1999, Penny served as a member of Governor Jesse Ventura’s transition team, and in 2002 he was the Independence Party candidate for governor. In 2001, Penny was actively involved as a member of President Bush’s bipartisan commission on Social Security. He is a member of several boards, including as policy chair for the budget watchdog group the Concord Coalition, chair of the Southern Minnesota Leadership Circle, vice chair of ACDI/VOCA (an international development agency), and as a trustee of the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds and the Good Samaritan Society. Penny is co-author of three books, Common Cents(1995), Payment Due (1996) and The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics (1998), and is a regular public speaker, radio commentator and editorial writer on the topics of state and federal budgeting, agricultural policy, trade issues, rural development, and leadership. Vin Weber is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He served in Congress from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. He is a partner at Clark & Weinstock, a consulting firm that provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Prior to opening Clark & Weinstock’s Washington office in 1994, Weber was president — and co-director with Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Bill Bennett — of Empower America, a public policy advocacy group. He is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, co-director of the Aspen Institute’s Domestic Policy Project, member of the Visiting Committee for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and council member of the National Council for Political Management at George Washington University. In 2001, he was elected chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private, nonprofit organization designed to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. Weber is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and is often sought as a political analyst for network programs such as CNN’s Capital Gang.

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Jacobs, Lawrence R.. (2006). Challenges Facing the U.S. in the Context of the 2006 Elections. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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