Bloodied but unbowed, Cheri Pierson Yecke - whose nomination as Minnesota's education chief was defeated on a party line vote marked by the worst kind of partisan rancor (see Gadfly, Volume 4, Number 17) - has joined the Center of the American Experiment, the most distinguished think tank in the Twin Cities. (Visit There she joins Dr. Mitchell Pearlstein, Kathy Kersten, and other distinguished analysts and commentators at one of America's best state policy groups. We hope she uses that perch not only to advance knowledge and deepen understanding but also to stick it to Minnesota DFLers who killed her nomination as a way to stick it to GOP Governor Tim Pawlenty. Revenge, it is said, is a dish best enjoyed cold. But politicians have short memories so it oughtn't be left in the freezer too long.

"Yecke takes job at Minneapolis think tank," Associated Press, July 7, 2004

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