TN Contributor bios

Dave Thul

Dave is a resident of Owatonna, MN where he lives with his wife and two children. A member of the MN National Guard since 1992, he started blogging at Foreign and Domestic in 2007 when his unit was extended in Iraq as part of the surge.  Since he retired from the Guard in 2014, his opinions on military matters are much less likely to get him in trouble with the Army. A proud independent conservative for years, Dave finally got off the fence and joined the Republican Party on Jan 20th, 2009 in response to the news of the day. He was elected co-chair of the Steele County BPOU four months later, and in April 2011 was elected chair of the CD1 Republican Party.  Dave currently serves as CD1 delegate to the MNGOP state executive committee, vice chair of the Minnesota Oraganization of Republican Veterans,and  temporary chair of the MNGOP […]

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Mitch Berg

Mitch Berg’s vocation is as a "human experience designer" – but it’s his avocational life that brought him here. He started his main blog, Shot In The Dark, an outlet to his inner pundit, which had been hidden away since he first left talk radio in 1987. With the success of his and so many other Minnesota center-right blogs, Mitch joined with the guys from Captain’s Quarters, Fraters Libertas, Minnesota Democrats Exposed Powerline and SCSU Scholars to form the "Northern Alliance Radio Network", the nation’s first all-blogger talk show, heard on AM1280 The Patriot and at Townhall.com. Mitch lives in a very old house in Saint Paul with his two teenage kids, a dog, two cats and five guitars.

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Leo Pusateri

Leo is an educator from St. Cloud who has taken an active interest in politics since being a Republican precinct captain in the Chicago area at the ripe old age of 16. After a short foray into lunacy as a liberal-leaner early in his college career, Leo soon began to realize the contrivances and hypocrisies inherent in liberal philosophy. The rest, shall we say, is histoire. Leo is a Republican delegate, and has put in many volunteer hours toward getting conservatives elected. That being said, he is no hack, and does not hesitate in ruffling the feathers of those in his own party who stray from the conservative agenda. Leo is married and is a proud dad/stepdad (and soon-to-be-grandfather) of five boys, ranging in ages from 15-26; one of whom served proudly for nearly two years with the Red Bulls in Iraq. His hobbies are songwriting, barbershop singing, and RVing. […]

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Derek Brigham

Derek lives in Plymouth with wife and 3 kids that keep him jumping through hoops 24/7. He has lived in the midwest all his life with long stretches in Illinois and North Dakota. From 1991 to 2003, Derek resided in south Minneapolis. He is a Vice Chair for Congressional District 3 in the western suburbs outside Minneapolis. He has been active in the blog and new media world both writing at his own site and designing the graphics for too many center-right blogs to count. Derek started with Freedom Dogs, in 2002, then SD45 Republicans, with Lassie to help out in the neighborhood, CD3 and many other MNGOP sites through BPOU Builders and of course True North. To make a dollar holler, Derek runs a small business as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and has been doing it as well as a few corporate and newspaper jobs since 1985. […]

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The Lady Logician

Cindy Whitehair (aka the Lady Logician) is a self-described “soccer mom” complete with the mini-van. She shares the Logical Household with her husband, son and two dogs Lucky the worlds best border collie and Captain Jack (Sparrow). A native of the Chicago area (motto – vote early and often) she escaped to “God’s Country” 13 years ago. She still carries a couple of Chicago habits (a love of the Cubs and the Bears) but in almost all other aspects has become “Minnesotan” including the accent! She began blogging in 2005 when she was invited to join “The Savage Republican“. After blogging there for a year, she struck out on her own and has been typing away ever since. Besides blogging, she is active in the Minnesota GOP as a volunteer and BPOU Chair and as a 4H adult leader.

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Andy Aplikowski

Andy Aplikowski is a life long Minnesotan. His wife Rachel and him live in Andover with a bulldog named Lugnut. Andy has been very active in the Republican Party and volunteering to help candidates get elected over the last 12 years. He started blogging in 2005 when he wasn’t running his family’s small business.    His blog personal blog is Residual Forces  

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Policy Guy

Policy Guy is the blogging name of John LaPlante, a public policy consultant and freelance writer/editor. He has written on a variety of public issues, but most frequently on K-12 education and health care. For three years, he was a columnist for the Saint Paul Legal Ledger (now called Politics in Minnesota). For three years, he oversaw a team of bloggers at State House Call (now defunct), which addressed healthcare policy from the perspective of analysts who focused on the state government. For roughly a decade he actively wrote about education for a think tank in Kansas, and actively blogged at The Detroit News. He has appeared in the Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Daily Caller, and on WJR-AM Detroit, among other places. Publications he has edited have been mentioned by the Bloomberg Business, the Chicago Sun-Times, Governing, Health Affairs, the (U.K.) Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal, as […]

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