Some insights into the ways conservatives are having good success influencing public policy in states around the nation.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez of Columbia University has been studying the strategies and network-building that are needed to have long-term influence and power.
His new book is titled, "State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Business, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped American States — and the Nation."
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. He spoke Monday at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs moderated the question and answer session following Hertel-Fernandez' opening remarks.