Huddled masses yearning to analyze
Posted at 12:39 PM on January 10, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)
I've done a number of interviews with some reporters over the last few days about Fantasy Legislature and there are two common themes I tend to underscore. (1) The only "fantasy" is the teams. Everything else is actually reality and (2) That reality doesn't usually get covered to the depth it exists. For obvious reasons, I think.
That's why I'm hoping the site that surrounds Fantasy Legislature will provide interesting material that people who don't have teams will also find worthy of reading because, as I said, it is reality.
To that end, interactive producer Julia Schrenkler has added a field in the waiver claim form where you can -- if you choose -- write your thoughts about why you -- the manager -- are dropping a legislator and claiming another. Here's the thing: as Fantasy Legislature proceeds during the course of the session, I expect "managers" will find themselves more engaged in the legislative process and apply more strategy to it.
I'm interested in knowing what that strategy is (or isn't, as the case may be, so that I can write a weekly column here on Saturday's about how you view the work of the Legislature. And if you don't have a team (and obviously aren't submitting waiver claims), you should feel free to post comments with what you do know, or do think, about the course the session is taking.
I'm not looking for ongoing debate about this issue or that issue -- there's plenty of places you can get that -- but more of a holistic assessment of the work of our Legislature. How does what happens today, in your opinion , fit with what's likely to happen tomorrow?
Who knows, maybe the next step in Fantasy Legislature is an Xbox game. Instead of Madden 2008, maybe there'll be a Seifert 2008 and they'll be looking for someone to provide the analysis. Maybe it could be you!
Yours in fantasy,
The more I've been thinking about the Minnetonka Redress strategy, I focus more on the points, or potential points I can score for my team. I'm happy with the number of bills my team has introduced so far, but it's clear that what bills pass committees will be where the points are in the near future. So I have been spending a little time the last couple days trying to find committee schedule and agendas to anticipate when and where points will be made in the next couple weeks.
I've also went back to 2005, to see what was happening to house and Senate files after they were introduced... it's remarkable how many bills get introduced, and that is the end of the story for that law.
So the lesson here at this point for the Redress is find those bills that will get through committees, and sign up an available author. I will probably be dropping and picking up GOP legislatures like nobody's business, and even though I like my DFL team members, I'm not going to be afraid to drop one if an opportunity presents itself.