Sen. Reinert Helps Launch Bipartisan "Purple Caucus"

By KBJR News 1

Sen. Reinert Helps Launch Bipartisan "Purple Caucus"

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Leading by example, two Minnesota lawmakers are joining forces to create a new bipartisan caucus.

Senators Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) and Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) announced their "Purple Caucus" on Monday.

The Senators say it's open to any legislator willing to place their status as a Minnesotan above their individual party label.

They say they hope to end what the public has come to view as an unproductive style of discourse at the Capitol.

"What is the price of admission? It's the idea that you're willing to be a Minnesotan first and some other label second, and the idea that you're willing to start with where we can agree instead of starting conversations with where we disagree," Sen. Reinert said. "We'll start with common ground and move out from there."

Sen. Reinert says he got the idea for this caucus from what's known as the "purple unit", which brings together members from different branches of the military in support of a joint mission.

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