In the Media:
"It’s the rare insider-y tome that’s also a lively read, mainly because Bishop has a point beyond mere retelling of old war (and peace) stories. He brings the same pragmatic approach he used at the Capitol in getting bills passed to the task of making his sentences serve his purpose: guiding the reader in the ways, disciplines and joys of working across the aisle.
In Finding Common Ground, Bishop marshals stories of legislative efforts on which he labored into a dozen case studies. They range from successes small and large — including local tax authority to fund flood control in Rochester, the state lottery and the bailout for Northwest Airlines — to failures including a motorcycle helmet requirement and a vasectomy waiting period intended to match a proposed abortion waiting period (a bill he terms a 'tease')."
Politics in Minnesota
“Legislating is a creative and dynamic process involving values, judgments, trade-offs, personalities, turf, drama, and more. Dave Bishop navigated all of it with charm, flair, intelligence, and dogged persistence. Anyone who cares about the legislative process will benefit from reading this book.”
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
“Dave Bishop’s book should be required reading for all legislators. He is right—severe partisanship does threaten the very nature of democratic government. His concentration on details like humor, persistence, bill wording, and vote counting, with historic examples, is priceless.”
Minnesota State Representative Phyllis Kahn
“Finding Common Ground is a refreshing antidote to our current era of ideological and partisan gridlock in government. Dave Bishop provides vivid instruction about the importance and utility of legislative pragmatism. It’s a vital lesson too often overlooked by a cynical public, political activists, and a media that overplays conflict and scandal.”
Steven E. Schier, Congdon Professor of Political Science, Carleton College