Commoner ran for president in 1980 and was a non-factor, except in matters of political advertising. His radio commercial started with the word, “bullsh*t”.” Radio stations complained that they couldn’t air an obscenity like that but the rules on political advertising were clear: Radio stations could not dictate political advertising. Commoner knew the law well and worked the loophole.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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