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by The Big E on December 4, 2010

Here are bios for all MPP frontpagers:

Joe Bodell
The Big E
Grace Kelly
TwoPuttTommy
Bill Prendergast
TonyAngelo
ericf
dan.burns
Rachel Nygaard
Alec
Greg Laden

Joe Bodell
Joe Bodell grew up in Boston, and got his start in politics on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. He moved to Minnesota in 2005, got back into electoral politics, got a job in the private sector instead, bought a house in the suburbs, got married, started a family, and somewhere in there started the Minnesota Campaign Report blog, which merged with MN Blue in 2008 to become Minnesota Progressive Project.

Rumors of Joe and Eric Pusey actually being the same person are grossly overstated.

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The Big E
Eric Pusey is married to Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden.  They live in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis with their daughter Cecelia (aka Peanut) and Audrey the Cat.

Eric started mnblue.com in 2005.  The merger to create MPP seemed like a good idea at the time — it’s proven to be awesome.

Eric is writing a graphic novel called Killdove, the artist is a MCAD grad named Casey Cebulski.

Between Joe and Eric, Eric thinks he is the better looking.

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Grace Kelly
I am Grace Kelly. That is my real name. I am a peacemaker, a progressive, an activist and very proudly a Democrat. I believe the best journalism has first hand reporting, compassion, analysis and opinion. I believe there is no such thing as a neutral point of view, that is pretense of hidden agendas. I love to interview and present stories of people normally not covered! When I am not writing or not doing a campaign,  I run an independent business providing marketing and business consulting. I provide media plans, facebook coverage, web design and story frameworks.

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TwoPuttTommy
“Two Putt” Tommy Johnson is a Political Science graduate (being a sophomore were the three happiest years of his life) that went to college on the G.I. Bill (he jumped out of airplanes with his rusty/trusty typewriter strapped to his side).  A lousy golfer, he none-the-less is one (heck) of a putter.  Two Putt can occasionally be heard on AM-950 radio, occasionally seen on Democratic Visions, and read here as a contributor to MPP.

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Bill Prendergast
Bill Prendergast writes and publishes “False Witness!: The Michele Bachmann Story.” It is the first in-print political biography of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and in 2010 the series was acquired for the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.

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TonyAngelo
TonyAngelo was born in Minneapolis but was taken from the city at an early age and raised in the brutal south St. Paul suburbs. Living on the hard streets of Eagan prepared Tony well for life as a Democrat, where feelings of frustration and disappointment are so common.

In 2000 he lived in Florida and had a friend named Chad, somewhere in there is a joke. In 2003-04 he was part of the California Dean Machine and still occasionally wears his Dean button with pride. After the Dean campaign melted down in the Spring of 2004 Tony moved back home to Minnesota and now resides on the fringes of Northeast.

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ericf
EricF provides insight from the perspective of a grassroots organizer and active DFL volunteer. In his spare time you might find him spending a weekend in another century.

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dan.burns
Dan Burns fancies himself a profound, heavy intellectual. ‘Fancies’ being the operative term. He’s a dog lover and an unrepentant metal-head.

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Rachel Nygaard
Rachel spends the majority of her day mutating viruses in an attempt to determine genes that control pathogenesis.  When she’s not working on her PhD at the U, she enjoys commenting on science and health public policy, advocating for women’s rights and attempting to keep up with her teenage son.

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Alec

Alec Timmerman is a passionate writer on progressive topics ranging from the labor movement to education reform. Alec brings over a decades experience teaching math in a large, urban high school to his writing.  His eduction includes a Bachelors of Science from UW-River Falls and a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. In the summer, Alec teaches a course in Educational Technology to graduate students at the UofM, preparing our next generation of teachers.

In addition to serving his community as a teacher, Alec also served in the Iraq War during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2005). Alec finished his service honorably, earning a Bronze Star at the end of his tour.  Writing for MN Progressive Project is a continuation of Alec’s community service. When he’s not writing or teaching, Alec is out enjoying his garden on the Eat Side of Saint Paul or playing with his two young children.

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Greg Laden

Greg was born and raised in Albany, NY, educated in Boston, and lived in exotic places such as Zaire and Milwaukee before moving to the Twin Cities around the turn of the millennium.  He is a biological anthropologist and science communicator, and is politically active in
the 3rd district, though he has strong ties to Minneapolis.  As a babyhe was kissed by Nelson Rockefeller and has been running to the left ever since.  Here, he’ll be blogging mainly about science and politics from a progressive and skeptical perspective.

Greg is at Scienceblogs
The X Blog
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