TN Contributor bios

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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Matt Abe

Matt Abe’s blogging career began at Scholar’s Notebook, aiming to replace the process-oriented Profiile of Learning state graduation standards with a knowledge-based version. He was able to see his wishes realized up close when he was selected to serve on the Minnesota citizens’ academic standards committee, led by then-commissioner of education Cheri Pierson Yecke. His post on integrated math is among the top search results on this topic on Google. Having become active in his local Republican organization, he started a political blog, North Star Liberty, which specializes in reporting on local political events, from BPOU meetings to the election-night event at Minnesota Public Radio headquarters. His projects based on the open-source content management system Joomla! led him to a tech role on True North.

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