things that happen in Minnesota often have more immediate impact on our lives than what was being discussed in the carnival that recently left our southern neighbors. On the same night, there was a special election in MN SD 25, which is the area around Northfield. The Democrats took the seat, which now means that they have a potentially veto-proof majority in the Senate. This complicates Governor Pawlenty's life in myriad ways and it also means that the chances that taxes will go up, potentially significantly, has just increased.
We can't do anything about changing the composition of the Minnesota Senate until the 2010 cycle. The Minnesota House is another matter. I live in House District 50B and am represented by first-term DFLer Kate Knuth. Knuth is 26 years old and campaigned as a fresh young face last time around. She didn't exactly mention that her father is a longtime DFL lobbyist and served in the Minnesota House without distinction years ago. She's essentially a DFL footsoldier who happens to prefer Birkenstocks. I'm still amazed that she was able to use "qualifications" that included being the drum major for Irondale High School as part of her campaign literature and still got elected anyway.
50B has been a swing district forever. There's no reason that Ms. Knuth cannot be beaten this time around. But it requires those of us who prefer politics on the Cincinnatus model to get involved. I'd prefer to stay with my plow. But we don't have that option this year. So I'll be devoting a fair amount of time to this particular campaign.